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Saving battery life on your smartphone || Tech Talk with Hunter Bonner


Smartphones are amazing inventions that we all love. In an instant, we can get directions to someone’s house, look up the price of items we see in the store online, and of course, “Gram” our food at our favorite restaurant for the world to enjoy. However, as smartphones become more powerful, it seems that they use more power, and use it quickly. How to preserve batter life? Check out the tips below.

Blackout Bluetooth

Most smartphones today come with Bluetooth enabled by default. There is a reason for this. It is so that you do not fumble around trying to figure out how to turn it on when you are trying to sync your phone to your vehicle’s hands-free system. However, unless you have a Bluetooth headset that you walk around with, leaving Bluetooth enabled all day is going to drain your battery quickly.

If you are not familiar on how to disable Bluetooth, it is very easy to do on both iOS and Android devices. On iOS, you can swipe up from the bottom and tap the Bluetooth icon to turn off. On Android, most devices you swipe down from the top and tap the Bluetooth icon to disable. An even easier way on both devices is to bring up the virtual assistant (voice command) and simply say, “Disable Bluetooth”. The latter method is the “lazy” to some, but it gets the job done.

Wireless Wear-Down


Wireless is a useful feature on phones, and most employers, shopping centers, and other public places make it available for patrons to browse at speeds faster than 4G. Whether or not Wi-Fi is available, having it enabled on your phone is a battery drain. If you find yourself in the middle of the day at 50% battery life, disabling wireless on your phone will extend your battery life.

To disable, you can follow the same steps listed above on disabling Bluetooth and apply that to wireless.

Do You Really Need That Many Apps Open?

So, you have disabled Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but still, your battery life is dwindling away. If you are like most people, you may find that every single app you have ever opened, is still open. Most apps have location awareness services enabled, which do exactly that. They report your physical location to the app servers.

If you have a lot of these open, they are constantly sending data back and forth on your phone and using up processing and memory. All of that comes together to drain your battery life. On most phones, there is a “home button” that if you double tap, will pull up all the apps you have open. Either swipe to close them or click an “X”. Afterward, you may want to consider rebooting your phone to clear out the memory. You do not have to close all of them out, but the fewer you have running in the background, the better.

Winning The Day

One of the biggest challenges to having a smartphone is making it to quitting time with battery life to spare. Keeping your smartphone running lean and mean is essential to extending battery life. If you follow the steps listed in this guide, you will come out at the end of the day with enough battery life to get you home and then some.


Hunter Bonner is a System Administrator. He can be reached on his blog, click here, and on Twitter @TechEdgeBlog.