5 strategies to extend the life of mobile device batteries

 On journeys, older adults use group texts to avoid traffic and watch films on sites like Apple TV and YouTube. Therefore, it is not surprising that our laptop, smartphone, and tablet batteries might die suddenly.

You can extend the battery's life and spend more time using your technology. These suggestions can also assist delay the moment when your battery quits being able to store any charge at all.

5. Beware of applications that consume a large amount of power.

It's a good idea to make sure that whatever you're using is fully charged or plugged into a power source because no matter what device you're using, its battery will drain more quickly if you're using it for activities that demand more of the system's resources, like watching a video or playing multiplayer games.

Other apps that consume a lot of processing power and therefore battery life are complex games, productivity tools like Adobe Photoshop and Apple iMovie, and 3D image rendering software. The typing of notes or online surfing is a less strenuous activity.

Animated wallpaper, often known as live or dynamic wallpaper, has a pleasant appearance but uses energy to animate. Avoid using it, or at the very least look for battery-friendly alternatives.

When connected to a USB connection on your computer, peripherals—devices that attach to your computers, such as external microphones, displays, and add-on webcams—draw electricity from your laptop. Use just what is required.

It can also result in a quicker battery drain when you multitask while reading an e-book or listening to music. Therefore, after using an app, make sure to shut it.

When the Control, Shift and Escape keys are pushed simultaneously on a Windows computer, you may see the Task Manager see which programmes are using the most power. Use Activity Monitor on a Mac, which is accessible through Finder | Applications | Utilities | Activity Monitor. Then you may decide which applications you don't require running right now.

4 Slow down on push notifications

Reduce the frequency with which your smartphone reminds you of new information, such as incoming email, game updates, real-time sports scores, or financial quotations, if you can disable push services. Your phone must periodically check with a company's computers through the internet in order to receive updates.

Choose to download messages only when necessary instead. If you still want push mail, at the very least turn-off push notifications for unused applications separately in your smartphone's settings:

• On Android phonesSettings | App notifications

• On iPhonesSettings | Notifications

Additionally, to conserve battery life, phone makers occasionally give you the option to deactivate wireless capabilities you aren't currently using. That covers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and near-field communication (NFC). However, find out which of your favourite applications take advantage of these capabilities.

To verify your closeness to someone who could later test positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus exposure notification system for iPhones and Android phones, for instance, uses Bluetooth. NFC technology is used in mobile payments by Apple, Google, and Samsung. Using GPS is Google Maps. And if your cellular plan has data use restrictions, you might want your phone to connect to your home Wi-Fi.

3. Keeping items at room temperature

Keep your technology dry and cool. Extreme temperatures, humidity, or cold can shorten the lifespan of your battery and cause an early drain.

Smartphones. going to the beach or the pool? Put a cover over your phone or tablet to protect it from the sun.

Laptops. Under the hood, portable computers may become hot as well, and that heat requires a means to escape. Never obstruct the rear or side air vents. Always utilise a hard, flat surface when using your laptop.

If the laptop is kept on a soft surface, such as a bed, blanket, pillow, or sofa, those vents are readily blocked. Blocking such vents may also provide a fire risk.

Computers on a desk. Tower-based PCs could have their "brains" under your desk, on the floor. So, for the same reasons, keep dust and pet hair away from the vents.

2. Reduce the time till sleep mode.

The screens of smartphones, tablets, and laptops switch off when there is no activity. In this manner, they may avoid wasting electricity to light up their display while you aren't looking at it. While it's generally recommended to turn off a laptop or tablet after 10 to 15 minutes of use, you might want to turn off your smartphone earlier. Any device that enters sleep mode has its display turned off and its background processes stopped.

A useful deterrent to pranksters who might try to steal your phone or send a crude message in your name is the requirement that you enter your password again in order to wake it up. Here's a guide for altering the default.

• With an Android phone, find your options at Settings | Display | Screen timeout.

• On an iPhone, choose your favourite time in Settings | Display & Brightness | Auto-Lock.

• On a Mac, click the Apple logo | System Preferences | Energy Saver.

• On a Windows PC, type sleep in the search bar at the bottom of the screen to find several options for Power & sleep settings.

1. Use power-saver mode 

Even while you might not want low-power mode on all the time, many modern computers, smartphones, and tablets come with it activated in Settings and frequently change the display to black and white, dim it, and disable any wireless services that are not absolutely necessary.

When the battery is just 20% charged, some devices will occasionally automatically convert to a power-saving mode. On your phone, you may manually handle it.

On an Android phone, go to Settings | Device care | Battery | Power modeThe phone will show you how much battery life is left in Battery and provides you with the option to select between Maximum Power Saving and Adaptive Power Saving depending on your usage habits.

• MacOS 12, commonly known as Monterey, or a later version must be installed. Click the rail in the left column, which is also known as the Apple logo | System Preferences | Battery | Battery. Activate Low Power mode right away if you're not plugged in by checking the box next to it. If you are connected in, you may select the Power Adapter option by clicking the Apple logo on the left rail under System Preferences | Battery. Additionally, there is a box next to the Low power mode that, according to its description, will allow the machine to run more silently while using less energy.