Remember the good old days when you only needed to charge your mobile once a week? How times have changed. The great thing about today’s smartphones is the fact you can do so much with them, but this means that you also end up using a whole lot of power. Thankfully, the latest Symbian ^3 smartphones like the Nokia N8 now come with a Power Saving Mode. However, if you want to make your battery last even longer, here are some tips to help all smartphone users.
Find a great signal
The number one battery drainer is signal searching. If you’re somewhere with a bad signal or no signal at all, your phone will constantly look for a better connection, and will use up all your power doing so. If you’ve ever accidently left your phone on while on a flight, you’ll know what we mean. The best way to keep your battery powered up is to make sure you have a great signal whenever you use your phone.
Turn off your 3G
While 3G is great for doing all the cool stuff on your smartphone like surfing, video calling and mobile TV, it’s a real power hog. If you use your device in 3G / Dual Mode, you’ll drain your battery a lot quicker than if you just use GSM mode. Power Saving Mode on the Nokia N8 automatically changes you to GSM. If you’ve got another smartphone, you’ll probably have to do it manually. But it’s well worth the effort, if you want some extra hours. You can get up to 50% more battery life if you only use GSM.
Avoid using unnecessary features
The best things about smartphones, camera, video and internet, are often the biggest power drainers. Flash photography, for example, is a real battery killer. If you know you can’t charge for a while, avoid using them. It’s also a good idea to make sure that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned off and that your backlight is either turned off or on the dimmest possible setting.
Turn vibrate function off
If you’re in a meeting or at the cinema, then the vibrate function can save you a lot of embarrassment. But a lot of the time the function isn’t really needed. Clearly you don’t want to miss calls, but if you can keep the ring tone low too, that and the lack of vibration will gain you valuable battery time.
Keep it short
Obviously the longer you chat, the more power you use. How many times have you heard someone on their smartphone say, “I’ll have to keep this short. I think my battery’s dying,” and then carry on speaking for several minutes? Sometimes a dying battery is just an excuse to get off the phone, but if you really do need to conserve your battery, the less you talk the more time you’ll get out of it.
If you have any other top tips to keep your smartphone powered up longer, we’d love to hear about them.