How to Get Your Device Battery to Last All Day

Written by Chad Gniffke

August 13, 2018

Tech Tips

If you are always trying to find an outlet to top off your phone's battery life, check out this post for tips on how to improve it.

It’s not even noon, and you look down at your phone and you are already at 50% battery! Devices keep trying to improve their battery life, however, we keep using them more. It’s an endless cycle of the more you earn, the more you spend. The bigger the battery, the more we use our devices.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can increase the battery life on your phone, laptop, or tablet, and many of them are very similar.

Close Apps

The more apps you keep open on your phone, tablet, or computer at the same time, the faster your battery will drain. As you finish with a particular program or app, close it out completely so it doesn’t keep using your battery. Every so often you can check which apps you currently have open and close all of the ones you don’t need right away.

Dim Your Screen

The screen on your device probably uses the battery more than any other app or setting. Dimming the screen on your laptop, phone, or tablet can save you hours of battery life. You can also turn on the accessibility setting to change your screen to monochrome, which also saves the battery.

Install Lite Versions

Some apps that are known to be battery hogs actually make lighter versions of their app that has limited functions. Facebook offers lite versions of its Messenger app and its main Facebook app. Skype and the Opera browser both have lite versions as well. Take a look at some of the lite versions of various apps to find some battery friendly replacements of your favorites.

Turn Down or Off Notifications

While this might be unconventional, disabling notifications for various apps can actually help you save your battery. The theory behind this is that without notifications to distract you, you will unlock your phone less often. Without the constant turning on and off of the phone, your device will naturally last longer. It’s amazing how the less you use your phone equals longer battery life!

Use Phone Settings

Android phones have the ability to put apps to sleep that are not being used. You can pick and choose which apps will do this so you don’t miss anything you might need. For example, if you put your email app to sleep, you won’t be notified if an important message comes through. You can also turn on various power saving modes on many devices. Some devices can gain several hours of battery life through these settings, but usage on the phone will be limited.

Use a Charging Case

Finally, one of the easiest ways to double your battery life is to purchase a case that serves as a backup battery. These kinds of cases are available for all types of phones. The only real downside is the fact that the battery cases are usually pretty big and thick, causing your phone to be much larger than usual. When the battery on your phone is low, you can just switch on the case and charge it up again.