Read our tricks and tips for making your battery last extremely longer than what it is right now.

Tips put together by Engineer Michael Anyanwu 07039317035.

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Battery Saving Tips

Adjust the screen timeout

Long screen timeouts mean that your screen will stay lit for longer after you have stopped using it. Set this to a low value to save battery power

Avoid areas with a poor signal

If you’re in an area with a low signal, the phone will boost it’s signal power, consuming battery. If possible, avoid these areas.

Avoid exposing the battery to metal

Don’t ever let the metal contacts on the battery touch metal objects, like keys or coins. This can short circuit the battery, impairing its performance

Avoid exposing the phone or battery to direct sunlight or heat

Exposing the battery to excessive heat can damage the battery performance permanently, especially if the battery is 100% full and exposed to direct sunlight or heat

Avoid task killers

Avoid using task or process killers as they often cause more harm than good

Be careful with third party applications

Applications that are poorly coded or designed can often consume more battery than they should. Be careful when selecting different applications that do the same job. Generally speaking an application made by a larger company will have more battery efficient code than an application made by a one-man-band

Buy a more powerful battery

Third party batteries can often provide more battery power than the manufacturer ones. Warning: this can often void your warranty, so use at your own risk

Change your notifications

If you receive a lot of messages or calls, change the notification to a short vibrate instead of long or loud ringtones

Check less email accounts

If you have a long list of email accounts that your device regularly checks, consider removing some accounts. For every account that the phone checks it is will be using battery life

Close applications when not needed

Most phones will manage applications that are running in the background, but this isn’t always the case. If you’re not using an application, close it to avoid unnecessary battery consumption


Disable / remove active widgets

Widgets that are constantly running on the homescreen consume battery power. If you don’t use them much, consider turning them off or removing them

Disable keypad tones

The little tones the phone makes when you press the keys will consume battery power. Unless you need them, consider switching them off. People around you will also appreciate it.

Disconnect the internet if you’re not using it

When you don’t need to use the internet on your phone, disconnect the 3G or WiFi connection to the internet

Don’t use a live themes / wallpapers

Themes or wallpapers that contain animations that are constantly ‘doing something’ will consume battery power. Consider not using these

Drain your battery once a month

For lithium based batteries it is recommend that once per month you should use all the power in your battery, then charge it completely before unplugging the charger

EDGE uses more power than 3G

3G is much more energy efficient than EDGE so if you have the option, choose 3G

Handle your battery with care

When changing batteries or buying new one don’t touch the copper contact plates. Dust or oily skin can lessen the connection between the battery and the phone, impairing performance. Also, do not drop or bang the battery against a solid objects

If you have no signal, set the phone to offline

If you are in an area where there is no signal (eg in a basement, subway tunnel) turn the phone to offline mode. Otherwise it will continually scan for a signal

Lock your phone immediately after use

Don’t wait for the screen to automatically turn itself off as this will consume battery power. Once you’re done sending a text or making a call, immediately lock your keypad and/or screen

Reduce screen sensitivity

Reduce your touchscreen sensitivity. The more sensitive the screen is, the more battery it will use


Turn down screen brightness

Screen brightness is one of the major killers of batter power. If you don’t need it bright, turn it down

Turn of GPS

If you’re not using your GPS or Maps software, turn the GPS off

Turn off location services

Location services often transmit or receive a signal to identify your location. This can consume considerable battery power. If you don’t need these services, disable them or turn them off

Turn off programs that index in the background

Turn off any indexing programs (eg Music indexing, photo indexing etc) that run in the background

Turn off the camera flash

Unless you need to use the camera flash, turn it off. This consumes a lot of battery power when used

Turn off vibrate

Unless you need it, turn off the vibrate mode. This will often apply to the General profile where a ringtone will indicate a call more than a vibrate

Turn off WiFi and Bluetooth

WiFi and Bluetooth consume considerable battery power. If you’re not using them, then them off

Turn off your phone before removing the battery

Always power your phone down before removing the battery. Failing to do this may lead to damage to the battery

Uninstall unnecessary applications

Uninstall any applications you don’t use (especially Yahoo Messenger, MSN, AIM etc that may run in the background)

Upgrade your firmware

When new firmware is available, update it. New versions often include improvements in battery optimization

Use 3D games sparingly

Games that require 3D rendering use more of the graphics processor, which will drain your battery more quickly. If you are running low on battery and need to play a game, try choosing one with simple graphics

Use a dark wallpaper

Bright colours can consume more battery power than light colours. Consider changing your background to one with dark colours


Use flight mode / offline mode

If you’re running low on battery power and don’t need to make a call, use the internet or send a message, you can switch the phone to an offline mode to save power until you can get to a charger


Use less graphics intensive programs

Programs that have high intensity graphics, especially games or watching videos will drain the battery quickly. Use these only if necessary

Avoid extremes of temperature

Batteries do not like temperature extremes. Anything higher than about 95° Fahrenheit or 35° Celsius will decrease your battery’s charge. The same thing applies with cold temperatures. If you’re outside in freezing weather, make sure your phone is in your pocket. Cold temperature problems are usually temporary, whereas hot weather can cause long term damage to your battery

Don’t cover the light sensor

Most phones have a light sensor, which is usually located at the top of the phone. This automatically adjusts the brightness of your screen. If it is covered, the phone increases it’s screen brightness. To avoid extra battery being used, ensure this sensor isn’t covered or obstructed by anything

Use a wall charger where possible

If you have the choice of charging from a computer via a USB cable or a wall charger, always choose the wall charger. Not only is it faster, but the charge will last longer

Lower your music volume

Listening to music loudly, whether through headphones or the phone’s internal speakers will consume more battery power than quieter music

Turn off your equalizer

If your phone has an equalizer for music, then turn this off. The EQ uses processing power, which will drain your battery quicker. It may not be much, but everything counts

Visit mobile sites where possible

Usually mobile versions of websites are less graphic intensive, requiring less processor to display them and consequently less battery power. If your phone has the option to default to mobile sites, then turn this on

Change photo effects

Effects that are applied to photos can consume more processing power and therefore battery power. If you really want to conserve power, turn these effects off

Change your photo size / quality

Reducing the default photo size or quality will consume less processing power and therefore battery power

Store your phone in a case or holder

If your phone is in your pocket or handbag it can often get bumped. Some of these bumps will inadvertently press buttons which may light up the screen. If your phone is in a holder or case, this is less likely to happen.

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