Most Cell phones, originally used for little more than calls
and text messages, have evolved into all-in-one
entertainment devices. Your smartphone plays
videos, music and games, and many include
lightning-fast Web browsing and a robust app library
Use these features for more than a few hours, though,
and your phone's battery charge may not last longer
than a day. You can coax more life out of your phone
by charging the battery correctly and tweaking a few
power-hungry settings.

Charge your phone regularly

To get the most out of your smartphone's battery
you'll need to charge it properly. Most smartphones
have a lithium-ion battery that lives longer when
charged regularly. Unlike the nickel batteries used
in older phones, lithium-ion batteries do best
when kept above a 50 percent charge. Repeatedly
allowing the battery to drain fully may shorten its
life and decrease its overall capacity.
If this happens, you'll need to charge the battery more frequently
and it may last only a few hours before needinga
charge, for example
Your battery will also perform better if you don't let
it charge to 100 percent, so take it off the charger
at about 80 to 90 percent capacity. Leaving the
phone connected to the charger when the phone
is completely charged may lower battery life if
you do it repeatedly.


Brightness, Vibration and Power-Saving Mode

Your phone devours battery power no matter what
you do, but you can lessen the burden by adjusting
the device's settings. Most smartphones have an auto-brightness setting that automatically adjusts
the display's brightness based on the lighting of
your environment. If you normally have the display
set to full brightness, enable the auto option to save
a chunk of battery life.
Vibration also uses extra battery power, so if you don't
need it, disable it. Your phone may allow you to dis-
able vibration for certain items, such as notifications
while leaving it on for phone calls and messages
Some phones have a power-saving mode that allows
you to disable the data connection when the screen
is off or to slow down processor usage. Power-saving
mode may also turn off Bluetooth, vibration, GPS
and syncing when you lock the screen. Available
options differ by phone model. If your phone has
this mode, enable it, and you might see a significant
improvement in battery life.

Location Services, Running Apps and Notifications

If you've enabled location services for maps or th
GPS on your phone, the device is constantly scan
to determine vour position on the map. Some
location-based third-party apps do this, too. Your
phone runs out of power rapidly if you leave location
services on all the time. To save battery life, disable
these services and turn them on only when necessary
Some apps run in the background until you explicitly
shut them down. You may not even know they're
running at all. Most phones have a usage menu
where you can see running apps, shut them down
and even determine how much space they're taking
up on the phone. Check this menu regularly, and
close apps you don't use.
Many smartphones feature a notifications system that
alerts you to everything from new text messages to
social-network updates. If you turned on automatic
syncing for apps, email and other online accounts
the constant stream of updates can drain your
battery fast. Disable notifications for apps and other
unwanted services to save power

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Many public places, including restaurants, airports
and hotels, offer free Internet access if you have a
Wi-Fi enabled phone. Wi-Fi comes in handy when you
want to browse the Web on the go, but it's also a huge
drain on your battery. Turn Wi-Fi on only when you
want to get online, and turn it off immediately after
If you've connected a wireless headset to your plT
via Bluetooth, you mav have noticed how quickly the Connection requires extra Power. Don't Ieave
Bluetooth On all Of the time, and remember to disable
it When you're done With it.

By Engr Kosi Kelvin Ezenwamma 
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