Video:Tips for Maintaining Your Batterywith Shane Murphy
Everybody wishes their cell phone battery lasted a lot longer than it does. Luckily, most batteries can be made to last longer. Here's a video with some tips for maintaining your phone battery.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Maintaining Your Battery
Hi, I'm Shane Murphy, your technology guru for About.com. Today, we'll look at how to maintain and prolong your cell phone's battery life.
Turn Phone Off When Not in Use to Maintain Battery
The most obvious thing you can do to hold onto your charge is to turn the cell phone off entirely. If you want to keep your cell phone on but aren't planning on making calls – say on a plane – you should put it in "flight mode" so your phone stops trying to fruitlessly search for a signal, wasting valuable energy. Another self-evident tip is to keep your conversations short. This is especially important for calls, but also applies to text based communications like SMS, email, etc. The shorter time your cell phone's screen stays on, the better, so it's also a good idea to lower the amount of time your display stays on after you perform some action.
Don't Use Screen or Speakers Too Much
Avoiding use of the special features and programs on your phone will help tremendously, too. Playing any kind of game, video, app, or anything else that makes your phone's GPU or processor work overtime is only making matters worse. If you need to use certain functions, try to modify their use so they consume less energy. Disable the flash on your camera, for instance; plug in simple headphones if possible instead using your phone's speakers; turn off your phone's vibration and turn the ringer volume all the way down.
Save Battery by Staying Off of Wireless Networks
This also means turning off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G, GPS, and anything else that will draw power by keeping constant connection to a network. The less your phone is linked into these kinds of networks, the longer your battery will last. If you're truly in a tight spot and need to charge your cellphone without any kind of outlet, you can always invest in battery pack cell phone chargers. These are essentially a second battery with a very large charge that can typically refill your cell phone's battery a couple of times via its normal charging port.
Check out About.com's dedicated cell phone pages to learn more about how to get the most out of your cell phone.