If you’re reading this, chances are your phone has become a big part of your life. You’re probably reading this one your phone right. Either way your phone’s battery life must have been a concern at some point. We all would prefer not to have to charge our phones right? Whether you have an android or an iPhone smartphone, you’ve had to struggle to keep your smartphone running like a new a few months after you bought it. The wear and tear on the battery with time causes it to be able to hold less charge than it should, but that’s probably due things you didn’t know are killing your battery. Here are a few reasons why your smartphone battery drains fast.

1. Bad network service

Most of us have dead zones or areas of bad connection in our communities. In some cases, some parts of your home have spotty connection. Your smart-ass phone is constantly working to get reconnect you when you are in this areas. Cell phones tend to use more power to connect to cell phone towers in such areas. They are continuously sending and receiving signals from nearby towers. Basically your phones ask “Can you hear me?” and if there is no signal response, it shout louder “Can you hear me!!” thus using more power. To combat this, when in these areas, try switching to a Wi-Fi network, which is less tasking on batteries. Hopefully 5G will make this problem go away.

2. Apps are staying busy in the background

In recent versions of android, you can see how much battery each app on your phone is consuming. All you have to is go to Settings > Device care > Battery and you can see the percentage each app uses from your battery. You might be shocked to see apps you feel you don’t normally use a lot and this is because of background activity. After closing some apps, they still send notifications and use data in the background, thus wearing down your battery. Shut down or limit background activity to improve your battery life on a single charge.

3. Your phone is old

Old phone

Like the saying “nothing lasts forever”, the same goes for batteries. These smartphone companies make money when you buy replacement batteries, so even if they had the tech batteries with a longer life span, they’re not jumping into it. As the trend of non-replaceable batteries continue, companies like Apple are trying to encourage consumers to buy a new device. Also it is common knowledge that the charging and discharging of Li-Ion batteries weakens the battery capacity over time. An older battery is like an unhealthy battery.

4. Too many apps with Geo-locators

Why the smartphone battery drains fast

Using your phone’s GPS is essential when you need to find your way from Point A to Point B but it takes a toll on battery life. Worse still, apps like Instagram, Facebook and others on which you’ve enabled “location finding” (most times unknowingly) could be draining your battery. Disable location in app permissions and it will make these apps only locate you when you’re using them. You will notice a big change in your phone’s battery life.

5. Your screen brightness is too high

Why my smartphone battery drains fast - bright display

Your phone’s screen is a major source of battery drain. So a a higher brightness means even more battery drain. Either dial it back or keep it at low settings always. Adaptive brightness can also be a good option, so your screen brightness only increases when you need it. Another way to reduce battery usage is to reduce the amount of time it takes for your display to turn off when not in use.

6. Bright Wallpapers

Bright wallpapers drain battery fast

Shiny and bright wallpapers are cute and all but they could be the main reason why your smartphone battery drains fast. The thing is each time you check your text messages or missed calls, the wallpaper is in the background. The same thing goes for moving wallpapers. Try using black and white wallpapers, not only are they minimalist and elegant, they save battery! This is especially true for OLED devices.

7. Too many notifications

Why notifications drain battery life
Image credit: Gizbot

Notifications are great since they keep us in the loop. However, you should definitely be selective when it comes to which app you allow alerts for. Some are just not that useful. Every notification you get makes a sound, lights up your screen and sometimes make your phone vibrate. This can also reduce battery life. So only allow notifications for the essential apps and see how much longer your battery lasts.

8. You forget to turn off auto-rotate screen

Auto rotate draining battery

Using your phone in landscape can be really convenient for looking at pictures or watching videos. However, when left on all the time it can be the reason your smartphone battery drains fast. Auto-rotate works thanks to a special sensor called an Accelerometer that runs constantly in the background waiting for you to turn your phone. Switch it off when it is no longer needed and you will see a difference.

These tips will help you improve you battery life to an extent but it your battery has already worn out, don’t expect any drastic change.

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