Smart phones are nothing short of a modern miracle. These handheld devices are capable of doing virtually every task, with few limitations. Thus, given their capabilities, they should be cherished and taken care of. However, many users neglect their smart phones and do little to protect them from various hazards. Whether you use your phone in the bathroom, while eating (tapping away with your dirty hands), letting you toddler play with it or neglect its security by not having an antivirus installed or worst of all, not using an app that lock files and folders, you are doing great injustice to your security and your investment – your smart phone. However, even if you take care of your smart phone on the outside, chances are you are doing great damage to its battery without even realizing it. Consequently, the following are some helpful tips on extending the life of your smart phone’s battery.
Turning off non-essential functions:
Your smart phone is a brick without its battery, and with removable batteries becoming more of a rarity, you’re smart phone could becomes useless once its battery degrades. The first rule of battery saving is to turn off all unnecessary features of your smart phone. For example, you don’t need your WI-FI turned on while you are driving. Likewise, you don’t need to keep your GPS on while standing or sitting indoors; it’s just wasting away your battery for no reason. Not only will this reduce your battery’s degradation, it will also extend your battery’s life during those critical moments.
Your phone’s lithium-ion battery is a little different than you run-off-the-mill AA or AAA batteries. The rule to remember is that you should not let your phone’s battery get below 50 percent. What’s more, make sure that you don’t go from 100 percent to 0 percent every day, i.e. charging your phone on when the battery dies. However, avoid charging your battery to 100 percent, as charging all the way up can contribute to some battery degradation. The sweet spot that keeps your battery in the best shape is to charge it from 40 percent to 80 percent.
When it comes to charging, heat is the biggest enemy – leading to accelerated degradation. Prevent your phone battery from heating up, playing games for too long or charging your phone rapidly contributes to excessive heat being generated by your battery.
Avoid complete battery discharge:
Don’t wait until your battery dies out, this can do significant harm. Ideally plug it in at 40 percent and plug out at 80 percent. Going from zero percent to 100 percent can cause the battery to explode, but that is quite rare. However, batteries are more likely to short circuit and fail completely.
Charge slow and steady:
Faster charging means more battery stress. If your phone’s battery is capable of withstanding quick charging, only charge it when you need a full battery. The key to preventing battery degradation is to charge is slowly at 1.0 amps or less and often, not exceeding the 80 percent fullness.
Keeping all these tips in mind, it’s easy to get carried away with these pointers. However, most batteries can last between 3 to 5 years when used roughly. However, even before your battery runs out, you’ll be looking to upgrade your handset.