If you’re like most smartphone users, you’re probably cognizant of how much battery life you have left at any given moment. You might keep a charger in your desk or car and avoid using apps with high-intensity graphics when your battery is low. And if you have an iPhone, you probably also activate Low Power Mode when the battery gets critically low. But do these habits actually help your phone’s battery life? We know that Apple’s new Battery Percentage feature is more about transparency than anything else; it doesn’t give us any new functionality so much as make it easier to see exactly how much juice we have left. While many Android phones already had this feature for some time, Apple has once again spurred a few newer manufacturers to oblige their competitor’s requirements and include it too in their newest devices. With that said, with all of our new knowledge about the iPhone’s battery percentage, do any of Apple’s other suggestions still hold water? Are there any additional measures we can take to extend our phone’s battery life between charges? Let’s find out!
Does Low Power Mode Actually Charge Your Phone Faster?
No. Despite the name, ‘low power mode’ doesn’t actually charge your phone any faster.
How To Make Your Charging Faster?
- Use a fast charger. A fast charger can charge your phone faster than a standard charger. But it also has some drawbacks. Fast chargers take a long time to charge your phone, which can be annoying when you’re in a hurry.
- Use an external charger. If you have enough battery left on your phone, then you don’t need to worry about charging it fast. External chargers usually take longer to charge your phone than a standard charger, but they’ll last up to 10 times longer.
- Turn off all unnecessary features that drain the battery power like Bluetooth and GPS. Turn off Bluetooth when not in use and turn off GPS when not needed will help extend your phone’s battery life by at least 50%.
- Turn off Auto brightness. Auto brightness will automatically adjust the screen’s brightness based on the ambient lighting. Turn it off and set your screen to minimum brightness.
- Turn off the LED indicator light in your phone’s status bar when not needed. LED indicator lights are usually on by default, but they only draw 200mA of power so it doesn’t actually drain your battery very much.
- Use a power bank instead of a wall charger to charge your phone when you’re out of power or at home/in an office where there is an outlet to charge your phone through. A power bank should be able to charge your phone up to 3 times faster than a standard charger, which can be helpful if you’re out of power or at home/in an office where there is an outlet to charge your phone through.
- Don’t use a USB hub with other devices that may cause the USB ports on both devices to run at full speed, charging each device faster than they should (iPhones don’t support this feature). This can also cause over-heating problems in both phones and damage them even if they didn’t get hot enough for you to notice during regular use (keep in mind that iPhones are made with aluminum bodies).
- Try using an alternate charging cable when possible (it depends on the type of cables used for charging) so that one cable isn’t always trying to push too much current through one port, causing overheating problems in your phone.
- If you are using a fast charger, try using another cable that uses a USB port that has a slower charging speed (iPhones don’t support this feature).
- Try to avoid using the phone while it’s charging from the wall or from a power bank as much as possible. Use your phone’s battery life as much as it will last and charge when you need to.
How To Keep Your Phone Battery Safe?
- Don’t keep your phone in a hot environment.
- Don’t use your phone as a heat source for other things (iPhones don’t support this feature).
- Don’t leave it in direct sunlight for long periods of time (iPhones don’t support this feature).
- Don’t let it sit on the charger for too long (iPhones don’t support this feature).
- Don’t let it get wet (iPhones don’t support this feature).
- Don’t use your phone while it’s charging from the wall/power bank if you can avoid doing so (iPhones don’t support this feature).
- Keep your battery away from high and low temperatures, extreme cold, and extremely high temperatures to ensure maximum battery life and longevity of the battery itself.
- Be careful with what you do to the battery of your phone as well as its charger, and make sure they are clean before inserting them into the device, especially after cleaning them with a dry cloth or paper towels in order to avoid dust getting into the device’s ports or components that could cause damage to them over time and shorten their lifespan even if they didn’t get hot enough for you to notice during regular use (keep in mind that iPhones are made with aluminum bodies).
In the end, the best way to extend your device’s battery life is to be cognizant of how you use it. If you’re frequently checking your phone for new messages or emails, make an effort to check less often. And if you’re in a bind and need to charge your phone as quickly as possible, try to use it as little as possible during the charging process. With that said, it’s also important to remember that each phone is different. If you notice that your phone isn’t lasting as long as it used to, it might be time to replace the battery. And while it may be tempting to try to save money by attempting to replace the battery yourself, it’s not something to be taken lightly.
Why does my phone not charge when I plug it into a USB port?
When you connect your phone to a USB port, the phone is actually charging the battery. It is not possible for a USB port to supply enough power for an iPhone to charge.
What happens if I leave my phone plugged in overnight?
Leaving your phone plugged in overnight will not damage the battery or shorten its life span, however, it could cause the battery to drain faster than normal and shorten its life span even more so than if it had been used normally throughout that day or longer.
How do I keep my phone’s battery from dying?
There are several things you can do in order to extend your phone’s battery life.