When your phone battery is down to its last bit of life, all you have left is time. Sometimes is not a big deal, other times, it feels like a major inconvenience, especially if you need access to your phone’s GPS or you need to get in contact with someone. While there’s not much you can do to stop your phone from losing charge, there are things you can do to make this process slower. And you’ll need any boost you can get.
Don’t Shut Down Your Apps
Whenever I mention that my phone is dying at least three people will ask if I’ve shut down my background apps. I used to do it all the time and I also used to suggest that others do it as well, but now I’ve learned the terrible truth. Shutting down background apps actually drains more power than does leaving them on.
So, go ahead, shut your apps off religiously after you use them. That’s a good idea if you have a power source nearby as apps do bog down memory, but if you’re trying to resuscitate a dying phone, you’re just killing the charge faster. What a way to go.
Bring a Portable Charger
These are lifesavers. They’re pretty cheap and pretty neat as well, so there’s nothing to complain about. These are little packs that charge your phone with sweet, sweet energy. Unfortunately, you have to remember to charge these too, and if you use their charge and your phone is also dying, then you have bad luck and you also might be in the market for a new phone battery.
You should also consider getting a converter so you can charge your phone in the car. I keep mine plugged in all the time so that if I’m running low, I just plug in my phone so it can get some charge in while I’m driving. And please—do this while you’re driving. If your phone battery and car battery die at the same time, then depending on where you are, you might have to sleep in the backseat. Sorry!
Let’s say you do have access to a charger, but only for a few minutes before you have to leave. Phones never charge fast enough regularly, but they actually can with a little help. Just switch your phone onto airplane mode. Your phone will charge twice as fast when it stops taking calls, text messages, and searching for wireless connections.
If you’re without a charger and your phone is losing charge, don’t resort to airplane mode, because you’ll probably want to be able to receive calls. You should turn off your WiFi. Losing the connection will slow down the rate at which your battery drains.
Stop Charging Full Battery
I’m going to come right out and say it. It’s your fault that your battery is running so low and that’s not because you were playing games or Snapchatting your friends pictures of cute dogs. It’s because you keep charging your phone when it doesn’t need to be charged.
You should wait until your phone is running on empty before you charge the whole thing. If you don’t, the battery life starts to decrease. Just like letting your phone die constantly, keeping it fed all the time is just as counterintuitive. It starts to act like it has less charge because it only needs the 50% that it always uses before you refill it.
Phones aren’t just convenient. For most of us, they’ve become a way of life and they allow us to feel safe and secure by having the power of communication at our fingertips. But all that energy is always fit to drain, so if you’re stranded with your phone running on empty, you’ll need a backup plan. In a pinch, these tricks will stretch out your battery life so that you don’t have to worry about being shut out!