1. Turn your phone’s screen brightness down.
Most phones come with a factory “bright” setting. Go into your settings and play around with the brightness tab. Some phones have an auto brightness feature where your phone can react to the sunlight or no light and adjust accordingly. These types of features save your battery life.
2. Set your screen timeout to 15 or 20 seconds.
The longer your screen remains lit during your day to day activities the more battery life it uses. The default setting on most phones is 1 minute. You may not think about it but the timeout period of your screen affects your battery life as you’re on and off your phone periodically through out the day. The more you use your phone the more the “timeout” period matters.
3. Turn off Wifi, Bluetooth, and location services.
Location based services arguably shouldn’t come from the factory set to “on”. Apple got in a little heat over this very issue when documents leaked that every iPhone tracks the location of the phone whether you like it or not. Might be a good idea to turn off location-based services for now, possibly for ever. Sure you won’t be much of a hit on Friends Finder (or Creep-a-Friend as we call it) but hey, was the stalking all of your friends all it was cracked up to be?
Bluetooth is also an easy one. Keep it off unless you’re driving and expecting a call. Otherwise, what the heck are you trying to connect to via Bluetooth?!
Lastly, Wifi. Wifi is a tough one because you want to use it much more than Mobile Data, the signal stronger, the internets faster, you can get more done, but at what cost? The life of your battery that what costs! If you’re trying to conserve your battery life you may want to go sans Wifi.
4. Download an app that helps preserve battery life.
I’ve used Juice Defender (on Android, sorry Apple Fans) for over a year now. It gives you several different options as to how much battery juice you want defend. I usually have it set to “Casual” but if you wanted to conserve more power, I’d suggest a setting of “aggressive” or “extreme”.
An app like this knows more about your phone you do. It finds where your phone is putting in too much work and throttles it back, saving your battery those precious percentages when you really need it.
5. Take a look see as to what’s using the most power.
On most smart phones in the settings application, you can find the battery and what is using the most power on your phone. Maybe it’s an app you rarely use, maybe it’s an app you’ve been meaning to delete (ehem, Facebook). Either way find the apps that are sucking the most power and uninstall, uninstall, UNINSTALL!