The smartphones are a modern miracle. These smartphones are our constant companions that most people rely on. Daily use of smartphones covers almost everything from making calls, sending messages, managing social media accounts to playing games, and even sending emails. All of this, with heavy data usage, means the degradation of battery life.
The batteries used in modern-day gadgets from smartphones to laptops, to Bluetooth, to tablets, are lithium-ion batteries, these batteries have some significant advantages of its own. Lithium-ion batteries are even different from straight-up lithium batteries, which aren’t chargeable. These lithium-ion batteries are not calibrated with a full charge and full discharge method. Li-ions have the ability to pack a lot of power into a small size and do not tend to lose too much energy to leakage when not in use.
Since you know the basics about the power that keeps your phone up and going, here are some practical tips to keep it healthy as well.
Avoid fully charging it and fully draining it to 0%
Lithium-ion batteries work a little differently. These batteries are stressed to drain completely or charge completely. These batteries work to its optimal level when you keep them above 20% and below 90%. To be precise, they work the best around 50%. So if you are one of those who frequently look for a chance to topping up your phone for quick charges, that’s absolutely okay for your battery. However, the healthiest charge for a lithium battery is about 50%. The batteries continue to degrade and discharge if the phone is turned off and not in use at all. These batteries were designed to be used.
Regular charge cycles address battery lifespan directly. Battery life affects the battery lifespan depending on how long your phone lasts on a single charge. By slowing down those charge cycles, you can actually improve battery life which will then extend the lifespan of your batteries.
Keep your screen brightness moderate.
Screen brightness is that component that typically uses the most battery. When you keep your screen brightness moderate and not too much, you save up a lot of energy. Use the feature of Auto-brightness in your phone that has proved to work for many. The feature automatically reduces screen brightness whenever there’s less light, although it does involve the extra work for the light sensor. So the key to saving battery is to manually set your brightness to the lowest visible level every time there’s a change in ambient lighting levels. No matter what phone you use, both android and IOS provide the options to manually turn down overall screen brightness even if you’re using the auto-brightness feature.
Go for a darker theme.
If you have an OLED or AMOLED screen choosing the dark theme on your phone can save energy. Darker colors use less energy than bright colors. This is because an OLED screen doesn’t block the backlight with a pixel to display black like many other types of LCD screens. In fact, it doesn’t display anything at all; the pixels displaying black don’t turn on, which makes the contrast between black and any color very crisp and beautiful. So if your phone doesn’t have an OLED screen which includes all the iPhones before iPhone X; a darker theme won’t make any difference.
However, the darker theme is easier on the eyes in terms of preventing eye strain. Overall less light also means less blue light which affects the sleep patterns.
Uninstall the apps that drain your battery
Go to your battery settings and look for the apps that use the disproportionate amount of energy and uninstall them or restrict the permissions wherever possible. The apps that drain energy and you still want to use them then you can restrict permissions you don’t need. For example, disable auto-playing for videos on facebook. And there are even ‘lighter’ versions of some apps that generally occupies less space, use less data, and consumes less battery power. Facebook Messenger Light is one such example. Deleting may not be a practical step since ultimately, the apps that you use the most battery will be the apps you use the most.
Charge a little whenever you can
Lithium batteries were made in a way that they barely respond well to being charged up and then run all the way down. They are made to work better with little bits of charge here and there.
Keep the batteries cool.
Avoid extremes of heat and cold when it comes to your phone. A very hot or cold phone can strain the battery and shorten its lifespan. The weather significantly affects your phone battery. The battery has chances of getting damaged or decay when left exposed to a hot environment or below freezing winter.
Reduce the screen timeout
The screen left on after using will automatically turn off after about one or two minutes which adds up to the power consumption of your battery. You can save some energy by reducing the screen timeout time.
Lastly, do not let your battery matter so much and consume so much of your time thinking about them. Just follow the basic thumb rules and minimize its exposure to heat. It is easy to get obsessive with taking extra care of your batteries but remember your batteries are going to die anyway. No amount of obsessive care will save it. And when that happens, you can go to your nearest repair store and get your Samsung, iPhone or Motorola battery repaired. We have all been there, and we will be many more times so as long as you follow the basic rules, you are on the right path.