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8 tips to maximize your smartphone’s battery life

The super-slim, lightweight smartphones of today and ready to multitask foldable let you move effortlessly through your day until a dead battery trips you up.

Here are some ways your phone can keep up with your work schedule

Reduce your screen brightness

This can significantly increase your battery life, especially on larger screens with more pixels. Outdoors, at midday, is the best time to use your phone at 100% brightness. You can lower your phone’s brightness to 75 per cent at any other time. This setting can be adjusted in Android by going into Settings > Display or swiping from the Notifications Bar. The Adaptive Brightness setting allows the phone to adjust itself automatically. Could you make sure you turn it on?

High screen refresh rates are available on devices such as the Galaxy S21 or Galaxy Zfold3 5G. This not only makes for smoother viewing but can also reduce battery life. The adaptive refresh rate setting can be activated to adjust the display based on viewed content. This will preserve your battery life.

Darken your wallpaper and screen theme

You will also notice a significant power saving. Android users can access the Launcher app on their phone by holding down a blank area of their home screen and then clicking Settings. You can then choose from various wallpapers or toggle between dark and light themes for other screens. Samsung’s latest smartphones, the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy Z Fold3 have a Dark mode. This mode is designed to save battery life and make it easier on the eyes later in the day. You can set up Dark mode to turn on at a specific time each day.

Reduce the time it takes for your screen to go to sleep

By turning off your screen when it isn’t needed, you can save energy. This helps to prevent accidental screen touches like pocket dials. This option is also available in Settings > Display. You can set the screen timeout to any length, from 10 minutes to 15 seconds.

Power-draining apps can be adjusted

Many apps are constantly busy, alerting you when you get a notification or downloading content. There are many options.

You can find power-hogging apps on Samsung phones by going to Settings > battery and device care > background usage limits. After that, choose which apps you want to put to sleep. You can use Force Stop in Settings > Battery for other Android phones.

Google Maps, Spotify, and other streaming apps require that you pre-download maps, playlists, and podcasts via Wi-Fi before going out. You can also disable notifications from other apps and limit background activity. These changes collectively save significant battery life.

Power-saving mode is activated

Extreme situations, such as when your battery drops below 15%, require you to take drastic measures. Samsung’s power-saving mode is a smart feature that reduces screen brightness and resolution, slows down processor speed, and stops background network use. Each setting can be adjusted, and you can estimate how much battery life you will gain is available.

The latest Samsung phones have an emergency mode, found under Settings > Advanced features. You can use this to charge your phone for several days. However, you won’t have access to the core apps or features. It sends a message with your phone’s location to a selected contact so that they can find you.

Location services can be turned off

The number of apps that ping your smartphone’s GPS receiver, as well as the chip itself, is one of the biggest power hogs. Although you can disable GPS completely, this will affect many important services. You can also find out which apps are pinging locations and disable them individually. This can be done in Android via Settings > Location. This can be done by opening Google Maps and pre-downloading maps when connected to Wi-Fi.

Restrict data roaming

The 4G and 5G modems, like GPS, can drain power, especially when your signal is weak. You can temporarily disable data roaming if you travel in remote or mountainous areas, and battery life is more important than connectivity. This can be done in Android via Settings > Connections >Mobile Networks. You can also turn on Airplane Mode to block all Wi-Fi services. However, this is a quicker option.

Use intelligent performance management.

Save time and be proactive: Turn on the intelligent management system. This can be accessed through Settings > Battery & Device Care. The artificial intelligence (AI) engine of the Galaxy Z Fold3, Z Flip3 or S21 lineup is intelligent enough to recognize your habits and optimize your battery usage. You can also set up routines manually, such as when Wi-Fi is on or off and when the screen should be dimmed.