You’re travelling the world, taking in the sights, snapping pics left, right and centre. This is the best feeling ever. Then BOOM. Life over.
YOUR. PHONE. BATTERY. IS. DEAD.
The world as you know it is collapsing. You have to look to the sun to tell the time. How did people ever survive without mobile phones?
As a fellow social media addict, I know them feels. Luckily for YOU, I’ve got some simple but very effective ways you can save your phone battery life and take Instagram-worthy pictures to your heart’s content.
Shine bright like a diamond
No, don’t shine bright. It’s a trick, don’t do it. Dimming your device’s screen brightness will increase battery life. In fact, an experiment done by Wired found continuously using your phone on the lowest brightness equates to about six and a half hours of battery life, compared to three and a half hours of continuous use on a mobile with the highest brightness. That is a whole three hours of battery saving goodness here people. You’re welcome.
It’s time to turn off those battery-sucking apps. But how can you be sure you’re switching off the right ones? Well, clever little Apple has listened to our travelling concerns and created a hub in Settings > Battery where iOS 8 and 9 users can see a breakdown of their biggest battery-guzzling apps. It even gives users a breakdown of their usage in the last seven days as well as the previous 24 hours. Talk about convenience. Some apps even use background activity (use up your data when you’re not using the app). To prevent this from happening, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh and disable background refresh. Expect to see the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Safari and Snapchat high on the list!
Switching over to flight mode is a great way to save you some juice. This is because when you flick over your phone’s screen, it’s essentially turned off. Your apps won’t be running in the background, wireless signals won’t be sucking battery life like no one’s business and your phone battery lasts longer. YIPEE.
Ice, ice baby
Mobile batteries will run out faster when they’re in warm places. It is known. This is because batteries are minute chemical packs that react to electricity. For example, leaving your phone in a hot backpack while you’re travelling or in direct sunlight in the beach will affect the battery’s ability to keep itself cool. So it uses MORE battery to try and cool down. Moral of the story? Keep your phone out of direct sunlight.
Wave goodbye to wi-fi
I’m sorry to say it but your wi-fi signal consumes power even if you’re not using it. And if you’re overseas, connecting to the internet is going to drain your battery faster than you can say “What’s the password?” (Not entirely true, but it’ll drain pretty fast.)
These are some of the biggest battery-draining culprits. Particularly ones that appear on your locked phone screen. This is because every time your screen lights up to show you those Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat notifications, your phone is using your battery. To save some extra bars, go to Settings and say sayonara to those pesky notifications. Who really needs to know what other people are doing when you’re on holiday anyway?
Both Android and iPhone’s iOS 9 have a lower power mode you can enable when your battery life gets low. This low power mode reduces screen brightness, minimises app use and only lets you use key functions, like taking and receiving phones calls, emails and messages. The ultra power saving mode on Android phones even gives you a breakdown of how many days and hours you have left on the battery.