Now although budget smartphones are really incredible pieces of technology, they are often let down by their battery. In this article, we will explore a number of ways that you can make sure that your budget smartphone battery lasts for as long as possible. This means you don’t always need to be near a charger or an electricity point!
Upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
With the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you are able to make many changes to your battery optimization. This is a good place to start, but FIRST, make sure that your phone can run this version of the Android operating system. Here the biggest thing to change is the ‘doze’ setting on your phone. This usually kicks in after around half-an-hour and stops apps from accessing online features, for example. You can set this far lower, 10 is a good start. Don’t worry, key apps are still given permission to run properly so you won’t miss out on messages.
Also look at an option called App Standby. This is a great way to put certain apps on standby notice. This means they will not sync or send alerts until you open them. It is particularly useful for many of the games available on the Google Play store that send reminder alerts if you have not played them in some time.
Check battery settings to see apps that use the most of your battery life
To help save on battery life, check which apps use most of it. This is easily done by going into your phone settings. Select the battery use to see a list of your apps as well as the battery power they use. If an app is using a lot of power and is not a critical program, you should consider removing it from your phone.
Remove apps you don’t use
With so many apps available to download, we all end up with plenty of unused apps on our budget smartphones. Remove those that you never use as many will still try to access online services and run down your battery in the process.
Keep apps running in the background
Believe it or not, manually closing apps that you are finished with but may use again later is actually detrimental to your battery life. Rather leave them running in the background. This uses less battery power than restarting them.
Whack those widgets!
If you are anything like me, you like to have multiple widgets setup for your home screen. This is all fine but remember, this takes up plenty of battery life due to their constant need to sync. So only keep those that are totally necessary.
Struggling for signal, use airplane mode!
If you are in an area with a terrible signal for any period of time, consider turning your phone onto airplane mode. This stops your phone for constantly hunting for a signal which runs your battery down extremely quickly. Alternatively, connect to Wi-Fi if possible.
If your phone is not able to support Android Marshmallow 6.0, you can download a standalone version of Doze to help optimize your battery.
Consider turning off all notifications to help save on battery life. You can rather enter your email, Facebook or Twitter applications to see if you have received any messages.
Turn off GPS
The GPS system on your phone is a massive battery drainer! Consider turning it off if you do not need it.
Dim your screen
Just by dimming your screen 10% you can save on a lot of your battery life. Bear in mind, dimming it too much may lead to you hurting your eyes in the long run.
Cut out vibration
Finally, cut out the vibration option for notifications, messages or calls. Not only will this save battery life, vibrations can be very irritating!
By following these quick and simple tricks, you can ensure that your budget smartphone battery lasts for far longer than ever before.