Constant and regular electricity in homes and businesses is still a major challenge in Africa. With mobiles phones becoming an essential tool for completing life’s most basic tasks, the smart phone is becoming a much needed body part.
OK, body part might be an exaggeration but it certainly feels that way – and we can get a bit lost without this tool especially when the battery drains to zero in the middle of the day or even at night.
Sadly, not everyone has access to an electric generator or the possibility to power your phone from the blazing African sun (unless you carry around a solar charger – which is not a bad idea). And those digital devices burn through battery like a match in petrol, and if you are not careful, they will die right in front of your eyes. To prevent that tragedy, they are two options: have your phone charged using a charger at your neighbors/friends/phone shop or learn how to maximize the battery life of your bread.
I suggest the latter and in order to achieve that, here are 7 ways to save your phone’s battery.
Do not keep apps running in the background. Once you are finished with an app, close it. Running an app takes a power, and the more you have open, the more energy you are going to be sucking from your battery. Poorly written apps can zap 30%-40% of a phone’s battery life because of energy inefficiency.
2. WiFi, Bluetooth and Data
Smartphones are constantly searching for a connection, and looking for a signal takes a lot of battery juice. If you are in an area with no network service, the phone will still be trying hard searching for a signal. If you know you are not going to make any calls, switch to airplane mode.
Watching that arrow or dot slowly move up and down the streets you travel will know out your battery life-fast. Instead go old school: write down directions before you leave.
4. Push Notifications
Every push notifications that comes through your phone by making a sound or vibration and turning on your screen is eating your battery life.
This is pretty straight forward. The more the light, the more energy your phone requires and less energy used means more time to text.
You can change how often your phone searches for new e-mails. Most of us leave our settings on default – “as they come in” – but you can adjust your inbox settings to update less often. If you are looking to save the battery, opt for manual updates.
7. Power Pack
These devices are lifesavers. You can have additional hours of phone time, only if it is juiced up. As a weak power pack is not worth much.