Tips On Prolonging Cell Phone's Battery Life

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My dad complains about this all the time, and as with anything in life, you don't really pay much attention to other people's problems until it becomes your problem. About six months ago, my dad said that his cell phone battery drained too quickly. He said on some days, after he fully charged his phone, the battery went on low within an hour. I told him there was no way a phone battery can drain that quickly unless there was something wrong with the battery itself. He bought a new battery for his phone a month or two ago and then told me the customer rep at the store advised him to turn off his phone when charging especially at night so that the phone would not overheat.

This past week alone, I noticed that my cell phone battery drained itself too quickly. It'll be on full charge and by mid-day, the battery was at 50% with minimal use. Minimal as in only checking my emails and responding or sending 3-4 text messages. I used to charge my phone every other day but lately, I'm finding myself needing to charge twice a day.

At first, I thought maybe somehow the battery got damaged after I dropped my phone in the street a few weeks ago. Got an ugly scratch and dent on the upper left corner because of that drop. Good thing my daughter was with me that day because I was holding two bags, her jacket, and my cell phone when I dropped it and didn't know I dropped it. I felt something slipping, paused for a bit, and then continued walking. My daughter said, "Mom, you just dropped your phone". We looked around and found it under a parked car. Anyways, so glad my daughter was with me that day, otherwise, I would have lost my phone. Okay, so back to the battery problem. I thought the battery got damaged from this incident. I did some online research and found some very interesting tips on how to prolong a cell phone battery's life. I tried some of the tips and immediately noticed a significant difference in how long my battery lasted. By the end of the day, my phone battery now shows only 25% used rather than at red 7% like before.

Here are some great tips I learned:

1) Keeping your phone on vibrate uses more energy than if you were to leave on silent or ringtone. I used to always leave my phone on vibrate. Not anymore!

2) Avoid taking pictures, downloading anything, or surfing the net when you are outside and won't be able to charge your phone any time soon. These functions, especially taking pictures, will drain the battery very fast.

3) Heat will damage the battery. Turn off your phone while charging it and do not leave your phone in direct sunlight, or anywhere hot.

4)Completely drain your battery every month and then fully charge it.

5) For iPhone users, here are the features you should turn off when not in use. To learn how to reset your settings or adjust any of the settings below, click here.

* Minimize use of location services
* Turn off push notifications, push mail, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, EQ, and 3G
* Fetch new data less frequently
* Adjust brightness

22 comments:

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

hi Rosebelle,

Nice tips. I think i am just lucky because although i didn't follow the tips, my battery is still in good condition. Thanks to Nokia.

Wendy said...

wow, this was really good advice! First of all, I did notice that my phone was really hot after I charged it. I don't think I knew to turn it off when charging.

While I was on my trip and recorded a voice message of my daughter saying "guess what" (what?) "chicken butt" about 100 times in the car, I went back to find the recording and found over 550 voice messages that I've accidentally recorded with my phone banging around in my purse!! I didn't think much of it, but after reading your post, that must be draining my battery if it's recording random stuff all the time! Anyway, I now make a better effort of lock the keypad.

Also, I also noticed a while back that my batter always died after going to this one building where I did an internship once a week. I thought it was so coincidental, but apparently, there's no reception in the building, so the phone ends up roaming. It can't find anything to lock onto, so it roams all day and ends up being depleted by the end of the day. Now when I enter that building, I turn my phone completely off.

Rose Belle said...

@Wendy - I was most surprised to find out that roaming for a signal drains the battery like crazy. No wonder when I'm using my phone in the car, the battery quickly reduces to 50% usage within an hour.

Sharon said...

We are having battery issues around here too. My husband keeps saying its because I washed his phone! haha
LOved your comment, thank you!! Bailey is really becoming outgoing all of the sudden!!

Sharon said...

We are also having battery issues here. My husband says its because I washed his phone! haha

Thank you for your sweet comment. Bailey becomes more outgoing every nonth!

Muthering Heights said...

Those are great tips! :)

Gwei Mui said...

This was a most interesting and helpful article I think I do - well did practically everyone on of those points that helps to drain your battery. Thanks for sharing.

Gratitude said...

Hey, I thought handphone's nowadays have long lasting battery life. Never experienced problems b4. But thanks for the tips, it'll come in handy if ever the problem crops up. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend ya Rose! ^_^
+Ant+

HalfCrazy said...

I totally experienced the same battery problems when I was using a Motorola Razr v3i. Its main use was to take pictures and videos and of course, send and receive messages. It only lasted for a year.

Now I'm on Nokia's first touch screen phone and it's the best. I only put it on vibrate mode if I'm on class so I can still read the message then do something about it if it's that important. Otherwise, it's just silent. It lasts for 2-4 days.

I just felt the need to charge my phone after reading your blog! Thanks for Tip 3, I didn't know that!

HalfCrazy said...

Also, I'll keep in mind to just turn off the phone if there's no signal, thanks to you and Wendy.

Ryhen Satch said...

6. Don't use your cellphone to communicate with anyone.

This works pretty well for me. lol. I believe the number of times the full moon appears on the night sky is more than the number of times I use my phone to send messages or receive calls. I don't know, but it kinda feels pretty good not to have been attached to my phone ever since I left society. But that's just me, of course. =)

KN said...

I turn off all of the settings mentioned for my iphone but I use it to play games so that drains my battery like crazy.

Alicia said...

Thanks for the tips! I always charge my phone while it's on! Not anymore!

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Your tips are very useful. I notice that the batteries last much longer when brand new. If the life span is very short, it is time to buy new batteries.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi RoseBelle, thats interesting. Anyway I'm one of the few on this planet that doesn't have a h/phone....I'm not a phone talker, nor my wife.
After saying, 'how are you', and 'I'm fine'....I run out of words, ha ha.

Have a beautiful Sunday and keep a song in your heart, Lee.

TK said...

Thanks for the tips. I am always lazy when it comes to charging the hp battery. Hope it will work with my HP cause I don't have to charge the battery so often.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing the great tips!

slavemom said...

Thx for the tips! I oni know that we shldn't charge the battery overnight -- overheating issues. But to switch it off during charging can be quite inconvenient, altho it's jes for 1.5 - 2 hrs. Well, that's jes me. :)

MaryMoh said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful tips. I must tell my friends about it.

Ebie said...

Thanks for the tip! Although I keep my phone mute all the time and vibrate on. Nit anymore.

foongpc said...

I just bought myself an iPhone and the battery drained pretty fast! Was irritated when I found out that when I charge the battery it took a long time to be fully charged!

foongpc said...

Btw, thanks for tips on iPhone! : )