Five tips to extend your phone’s battery life and get the most out of it
Imagine this: You are out with your friends for a music concert. You’ve used your phone extensively throughout the night, taking too many selfies, Instagram-ing and recording HD videos.
You’ve had a great evening but now it’s time to go home. You say goodbye to your friends and pull out your phone to book a cab but, that uneasy feeling strikes! Your smartphone flashes ‘10% battery life remaining’ ! You hurriedly try to open the taxi-hailing app but alas, your phone shuts down. And now you are stranded…
We have all gone through a similar scenario with our phones, shutting down just when we need them. Most high-end smartphones boast great specifications but are unable to deliver the full experience because their batteries fail them.
When it comes to user expectations, power means long battery life, and as innovation in mobile technology advances, the battery has become one of the key features smartphone users look out for when making a purchase. Well now, you don’t need to splash more cash to ensure you are backed up by a powerful battery. For instance, TECNO Mobile’s latest Pouvoir 4 features an enormous 6000mAh battery, capable of powering the phone for four days straight with just a single charge! This means with one single charge, you can watch a movie that’s 792 minutes long, play a game for a good 638 mins or Vlog in HD for 516 mins straight!
If you still struggle to get the most out of your battery, here are 5 tips for you:
- Switch off vibration mode
Vibration mode comes in very handy when you are in a meeting, but if it’s not needed switch it off. Research shows that vibration mode uses more battery power than ringtones. The sounds produced by ringtones are just very tiny vibrations in your smartphone’s speaker, but when you phone vibrates, it consumes more power.
- Reduce your screen brightness
Dimming your screen will reduce your smartphone’s power consumption. If your screen is brightly lit up every couple of minutes you check your messages or emails, it will drain your battery life.
- Shorten screen timeout
This is something we often don’t pay attention to. Once we are done using the phone, we usually tend to keep it aside without realizing that the screen remains lit after you finish interacting with it. Some of us do not have the habit of ‘locking’ the phone after we are done, hence keeping the timeout duration short will ensure that the phone doesn’t waste power when you’re not using it.
- Kill all unnecessary apps
We often open one app after the other and do not bother to close them. They end up running in the background and this is one of the main reasons why battery life gets drained so quickly. So, as often as possible, shut down the apps that you don’t use.
- Disable GPS or Location setting
Your smartphone usually has a GPS unit that sends and receives signals to and from satellites to determine your exact location. We use this feature to find places near us or to check travel distance. Apps use them too, so once you are done using location-based apps, close it or disable the feature – you will see a difference in the battery life.
Equipped with a 13MP AI Quad camera, plus two 2MP cameras and an AI lens at the rear, and 8MP dual flash camera at the front, Pouvoir 4 will offer the best entertainment experience – be it gaming or videos in its 7-inch HD+ Drop Display. The smartphone features TECNO’s HI OS 6.0 which is built on Android Q, and will be available in Kenya soon.