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  1. 1. 17/01/2012 08:16 5 Smart Ways to Prolong Your Smartphone Batteries Life 5 Smart Ways to Prolong Your Smartphone Sean Driscoll at AT&T’s Cox Road store in Gastonia Batteries Life points to a faux alligator skin case with an auxi- liary battery. He holds up a solar-powered char- CloudTags: Smartphone, Batteries, battery life , Hp ging dock. Battery life is becoming so important 484170-001 batteries , Acer as07b41 , Hp pavilion that some newer phones come loaded with tips for dv6 b laptop battery preserving it. You use your smartphone to read that spreadsheet Other manufacturers are marketing all-in-one your boss sent at 5:05 p.m. charging stations to businesses like hotels and gas stations. But there are a few tricks that can keep your phone alive and clicking between charges. 1. Dim the display. The giant LCD screen could be the single biggest drain on your battery, says the maker of the Char- geAll universal charger. Go to settings and position the brightness to below 50 percent for battery savings. Can’t deal with cutting it in half? Lose as much glow You tap the maps app for directions to your kid’s as you can stand and you’ll still save power. play date. 2. Sound off Your cellphone is even working when you’re not, scanning for the nearest Wi-Fi signal while you Don’t have unnecessary alarms constantly dinging swing by the drive-through for lunch. in your purse or pocket. The more we expect our smartphone to do, the more If you have the ringer on, get rid of the vibration. strain we place on the one thing it can’t do without: the battery. Prefer the buzzer? Choose that instead of the ducks quacking or whichever sound you’ve chosen to drive Manufacturers have responded with a flood of ac- co-workers crazy. cessories to supplement battery life. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 1
  2. 2. 17/01/2012 08:16 5 Smart Ways to Prolong Your Smartphone Batteries Life Having both the ringer and the vibrator at top vo- searching for a signal and you’ll preserve precious lume or intensity will unnecessarily burden your battery life as a result, Driscoll says. smartphone’s battery. And if you don’t need to be online at all, try turning 3. Close concealed apps. off the 3G or 4G connection. You can always get it back when the urge to Facebook calls. Think just because you switched appli- Related Articles: cations, the old one stops running? Not so. Lots of them are still going in the background, whether you’re using them or not. And that can whittle down the life of your battery. Android phones have a special task-killer app that targets and shuts down your unused applications, Driscoll says. iPhones make it easy. Just double tap the home button to see all the stuff that’s still run- ning. Press on one until you get the option to close them all. 4. Keep your cool. Your phone doesn’t like to sit in direct sunlight anymore than you do. Batteries last longer when they’re kept at room temperature, according to the ChargeAll folks. 5. Why Wi-Fi? You don’t want to spend all your time declining those available Wi-Fi networks anyway. It’s especially true in a day and age when wireless-ready devices mean everybody from grandma to McDonalds has a connection available. Set your Wi-Fi to “off” when you aren’t using wi- reless. It will keep your smartphone from constantly Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 2