Smartphone Batteries – How To Extend Battery Life

Can I extend my Smartphone battery life ?

Smartphone battery life

Smartphones – or Smart-mobile phones are mini-computers that also function as phones. WhatPhone says that we should accept that handsets that can do so much, will by necessity consume more power. Enjoying all the functionality on offer by running lots of apps, using social media when we are out, and using wireless capability to connect to the internet, means our batteries have to work hard and are forced to provide significantly more power than basic phones with fewer functions.

Is it possible to extend battery life without giving up some of the benefits we purchased a smartphone for in the first place? Yes, but in order to manage this compromise between economy and functionality you will have to become a bit more familiar with your phone.

You use apps to access your phone book and to check the weather, so it shouldn’t surprise you that there are apps to help you manage your battery life too. Also an app like ‘Task Killer’ shows what is currently running on your phone and allows you to kill off any currently unwanted processes. As a general rule when you look for apps, look for ones that are highly rated.

The biggest power user on your phone is usually your Wi-Fi connection. The hardware running this function searches for Wi-Fi signals and so in the opinion of WhatPhone it is a good idea to turn this function off whenever you don’t need to be connected online. Typically this is when you are away from your home connection and also overnight when you can put your phone into a semi sleep mode by turning it off. At these times you will still receive data via your connection but will save power by doing this without Wi-Fi.

These tips can significantly extend battery life, but we recommend staying close to a power cord, because like every other mobile phone user in the world, we’re still waiting for the non-stop battery!


Neil Aitken

Having worked in 3 countries for 4 telcos on both voice and data products, Neil is in a position to give you the inside track. Get beyond the marketing messages to the best plan for you.