With our battery-saving tips, your cell phone will not only last longer – you will also save electricity and ensure that your smartphone will last longer. We’ll show you the simple tricks you can use to save battery. If you save electricity in everyday life, you save the environment and your wallet. You can also reduce the power consumption of the battery with your smartphone and thus avoid unnecessary waste of energy. But this also has another effect: the less often you have to charge the battery, the longer you have something from your mobile phone. Because the number of possible charging cycles of the cell phone battery is limited.
Note: If your battery is completely empty, so that the mobile phone switches itself off completely, you should let it charge briefly before switching it on again. This way you are not working against the shutdown protection mechanism .
Saving the battery: power saving tips for smartphones
Basically, the less you use the smartphone, the less battery it consumes. But even when you don’t have your cell phone in your hand, it still needs electricity. Because in the background it retrieves e-mails, downloads updates (depending on the setting) or waits for possible calls and messages. If you are not currently using your smartphone, you should therefore deactivate as many connections and services as possible:
- In the settings of your smartphone, you should turn off WiFi, Bluetooth, mobile data and the location function when you don’t need them at the moment.
- Alternatively, you can switch to airplane mode . The only difference is that you will no longer be able to receive calls and text messages.
- You should also quit all running apps if you are not currently using them. The apps continue to run in the background and use electricity unnecessarily. Active apps can usually be found in the settings under “Running applications” – you can also close them there.
- Deactivate the “background update” in the settings, otherwise Messenger searches for new messages all the time – that draws a lot of electricity.
- Many smartphones also have a power saving mode or low power mode . Here not only the functions listed are deactivated, but also some background services.
The function “Hey Siri” (iPhone and iPad) or “Okay Google” (Android smartphones) is somewhat hidden. This activates the smartphone’s voice assistant, so the mobile phone is on hold all the time. If you deactivate the function in the settings, this also saves energy. Hey Siri you switch off via the general settings, Okay Google can be deactivated via the Google app.
The largest cordless vacuum cleaner on smartphones: the display
By far the largest part of the battery consumption is due to the display: the brighter the display, the more energy it needs. Often, however, a bright display is not necessary – there is little light, especially in the evening. You can reduce the display brightness in the settings using a slider. You can also find these settings by swiping up the edge of the display (iPhone) or by swiping down the edge of the display on Android smartphones.
Tip : If the display brightness is high, the smartphone consumes more power even when the display is off. It is therefore worthwhile to reduce the display brightness even when the display is switched off.
Incidentally, the so-called “operating aids” on the battery also suck: You should therefore also switch off the “Assistive Touch” and “Reduce movement” functions (3D optics when tilting the display).
Use less battery: what can you do without?
If you want to extend the battery life further, you still have a few options:
- In games without: Games consume as much energy like no other app.
- The camera you should also use sparingly and without flash – eats a lot of battery.
- In the settings under “Battery” you can find the biggest power guzzlers . Then you can consider whether you can do without one or the other app.
- The battery can discharge quickly in very cold weather – avoid such situations.
- There are power-saving apps for all smartphones, which make most of the settings listed here for you at the push of a button. These include, for example, AccuBattery (Android) or the Battery Saver for iPhones (both apps are free).
In order for the battery to last as long as possible, the battery level should always be between 20 and 80 percent. Then a particularly large number of charging cycles are possible.