Battery life has always been more of an issue with smartphones these days. The developers add tons of features; they are cool, but they are not able to offer battery performance longevity. Before you start accusing me of lack of knowledge, the thing is that smartphone have to comply with dimensions and lightweight profile.

Checking battery life on an unknown smartphone

Not that a phone’s dimension or weight is an issue, but nowadays people see them as a requirement. Therefore, lightweight profile and a small size call for a smaller battery with average life. In this scenario, you’re going to have to improvise to get the best bang out of your phone’s long term performance. Follow these tips to preserve battery life and performance at the same time:

  • Charge the battery only when needed:

Avoid frequent battery charging. Especially, when your mobile’s battery indicator is showing a 50% reserve, you should manage until the entire battery runs out of juice. Reason? Experts say that when you frequently charge any device’s battery when it is not fully depleted, you are actually cutting down on the charging capacity.

Therefore, when you charge on 50% or 30% reserve all the time, you are technically only charging the smartphone battery 70% of the total 100% space. From long term perspective, even when the battery is fully depleted, it will not only take more time to charge, but also have only 70% overall life. This is why cellphone batteries run out of charge so quickly after first year or several months of rigorous usage.

  • Use GPS and location services when needed:

GPS location reporting is a minor issue when it comes to a sucky battery life. On the contrary, active GPS location updates and monitoring are two features that hog the battery. For instance, whenever GPS is turned on, the battery is pushed to its limits because the phone has to scan GPS chips, cell phone towers and then keep on synching everything with your movement.

Same goes for Wi-Fi connection and hotspot scanning. Whenever your smartphone’s Wi-Fi is kept On, the phone’s antenna will always be in read/ scan mode. This causes the battery to deplete rather quickly than expected.  

Don’t use GPS if you are not up for it. The feature is cool but when you are not driving to a new location, or simply not in need of directions, leaving the GPS enabled is going to impact the device’s battery. Not to mention the fact that when GPS is enabled, it causes the smartphone’s temperature to increase significantly.

You can literally hold the phone in your hands after 30 minutes to feel its warmth. During summer season, low quality phone’s easily end up with fried chips when GPS is left enabled for hours on end.

  • Battery enhancement apps are cool:

There’s no harm in downloading a smartphone battery application. Make sure you are also using the battery tool the way it is meant to be. I cannot go into specifics because a lot of battery applications work differently for different smartphones. A general rule of thumb is to go to your Android Playstore and download a high rating application.

Install it, give it a shot and see how things work. As for the device’s in built battery tool, it pinpoints battery sucker applications. You can either stop them or lower their priority, depending on the smartphone’s given options.

  • Google Now is a floozy:

A tireless battery drainer,” that’s what some people say about Google Now cards. It is a nice feature when served on the side, but the cards are not part of the smartphone’s core applications group. Every now and then, one of the Google cards can recommend a nice spot for vacations, but that’s about it.

Same goes for other category Google Now cards. They rely on GPS location based real time updates; your location is detected and recommendations are made based on that. Therefore, disable Google Now Cards or simply delete the tab when you don’t want to depend on them for any amount of given reasons.