Whether you are using an iPhone or an Android smartphone, you are pretty familiar with the struggle of making your battery last all day. The average person using a smartphone owns a power bank, just to help charge the phone. Sometimes, your smartphone’s battery is uncooperative, and won’t let you get through a day without worrying that your phone will die, despite having a fully charged power bank. Ahead are some common reasons why your phone battery dies so quickly.
1. The brightness is set on high
The major source of battery drain is setting the screen brightness too high. You should keep it at a low setting all the time, or take advantage of the setting that enables the phone to automatically determine how bright the screen should be based on your surroundings. Your phone will adjust to make your text messages visible when it’s bright outside, but you won’t be wasting precious battery power looking at the same level of brightness when you’re indoors. Another way to reduce the amount of battery power consumed by your screen is to shorten the amount of time that it’ll take for the display to turn off after you stop using it.
2. Your phone is constantly searching for WI-Fi networks
Consistently choosing WI-Fi over data can be great for your peace of mind and save you money on data (since there is now a hike on data prices). But if your phone is constantly searching for a WI-Fi signal, it can easily burn through a lot of power. If you’re not expecting to connect to a WI-Fi network, turn off WI-Fi to prevent your phone from searching for a signal you won’t use.
3. You are always getting notifications
Think about what your phone is doing all day. If it’s constantly lighting up, vibrating, or playing notification sounds, you’ve probably figured out why the battery dies so quickly. A constant stream of notifications is hard on your phone’s battery life. (And opting to have your phone vibrate each time you get a message, call, or notification uses more battery than turning the sound on or choosing silent mode.) Make sure that you’ve only enabled notifications on the apps you really care about, and if you need to, cut back on the number of news alerts and game requests that you enable your apps to send you.
4. Apps are working in the background
You can check out which of your apps are using the most battery power (by opening the Settings app and navigating to Battery on either Android or iOS). You should see the apps that you use most frequently on the list, but if there’s an app that you’re surprised to see is a major consumer of battery power, then it’s most likely refreshing in the background throughout the day. Whether it’s your Facebook app or your email account that’s guilty, you can disable the background activity and expect to have an easier time getting through the day without recharging.
5. Always on battery draining apps
If you are always on battery draining apps throughout the day, or you are always streaming music or videos online or making phone calls while in the car are data-intensive activities that you may need to cut back on if you want your battery to last the day, and you should avoid watching videos, playing graphics-heavy games, or spending a lot of time with the camera when your battery is already running low.
6. Apps and data are automatically syncing
Another unexpected battery drain is enabling automatic syncing in an assortment of apps. Automatically backing up your photos or syncing your apps sounds like a good idea (and if you’ll never remember to manually back things up, it definitely is). But if your phone battery is consistently dying in the middle of the day, you may want to consider having your phone sync only when you tell it to do so manually or when you connect it to your computer.
7. Your software is not up to date
There are many reasons to keep your operating system and your apps up to date. But if you’re having problems with your smartphone’s battery life, here’s another one: Updates to your operating system or your favorite apps can add fixes for bugs that may be contributing to your battery life problem in the first place. Make sure that you’re using the latest version of the OS available, and determine that you have the latest version of your apps installed so that you benefit from the latest improvements and bug fixes.
8. Your phone has hardware issues
If you’ve scrutinized your app usage and changed your habits but are still having trouble getting through the day on a single charge, then it’s possible that there’s a hardware issue that needs attending to. Depending on what kind of phone you have, where you bought it, and how old it is, you can probably go back to the store to get a professional opinion on whether something is wrong.