You’re charged up and ready for the storm, but how do you make your cell battery last if the power goes out?
Here are a few tips that can help extend your battery life if the power goes out:
- Dim the screen brightness or use auto brightness – That bright display is your battery’s biggest enemy. Lower your screen brightness to the lowest setting you can tolerate. It will extend the life of your battery dramatically.
- Adjust the screen timeout – Adjust your ‘Screen Timeout,’ ‘Sleep,’ or ‘Auto-Lock’ setting to be 30 seconds or less. This adjusts how long your screen stays lit after you use it, get a notification, etc. The less the screen is on, the more battery life you’ll get.
- Turn off Bluetooth – Turning off Bluetooth can add an hour or more to your phone’s battery life
- Turn off Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi is a battery drainer when you are out of range of a Wi-Fi network. If your Wi-Fi is down, or you are out of range, turn off this setting to increase the battery life
- Turn off location services – Location services, GPS and background refresh can all drain your battery. Head to the settings to turn these off on an app by app basis, or as a whole.