As you probably know, batteries are one of your smartphone’s most important components and, at the same time, one that suffers a great amount of wear and tear as they have a limited life expectancy. We compiled a list of things you should know about the battery in your smartphone, as well as some tips to keep it healthy and with the best performance.
How to make your battery “live” longer
All batteries have a limited lifespan and sooner or later you will have to replace them. In smartphone batteries, their life duration is measured in charge cycles, or how many times you will be able to charge them before they are no longer able to receive electrical charge, not able to function properly, or not at all. In average, a smartphone battery lasts between 1000 and 1500 charge cycles, a number that will largely depend on the user’s habits. Here are some things you can do to help your device’s battery live longer:
- Your phone’s battery is probably made of Lithium ions (Li-ion) and they have some properties: Li-ion batteries work best when between 50% and 80% of their full charge and are not very fond of full charges and discharges. A constant routine of going from 0 to 100% has been proven to reduce the number of charge cycles the battery can handle before starting to malfunction.
- As with other batteries, smartphone batteries don’t enjoy high temperatures, so you should avoid exposing them to excessive heat. Don’t use your smartphone when charging it, as the battery is already hot from the charge itself and could heat up even more from being used at the same time, which can also be harmful to the lithium ions inside.
How to make every battery charge last longer
For some of us, getting through the day without need to charge our smartphone’s battery can be a real challenge. Some of our favorite smartphone features (Camera, GPS, internet browsing, etc.) are real battery drainers. However, there are other factors contributing to that drainage which you probably don’t need – or even know they’re always on or there at all. Here are a few things you can do to help the battery last at least a whole day.
- Use wireless connections responsibly: you don’t need to have Wi-Fi, mobile data and Bluetooth connected, all at the same time. These wireless connections are very useful, but they’re also highly demanding on the battery (mobile data in particular). Disconnect your Bluetooth whenever you’re not using it and, when you have a Wi-Fi network available, you should also think about turning mobile data off, to save both data and battery power.
- Turn off all unnecessary background processes: beside wireless connections, there are a lot of features working in the background that you either don’t need right away or are not aware of, like GPS, push e-mail notifications, web browsing pages that you forgot to close, social network updates, etc. A quick check on the Settings menu could help you see what’s lurking behind, eating you battery power.