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How to charge your phone less often (and save some energy)


Chances are, you’re tired of hearing about the energy crisis and the prices that seem to be rising almost every day. You won’t be the only one either – most of us have been looking at money saving options over the past few months.

You may have even wondered if there is a way to save money when it comes to your cell phone, and yet we have some tips for youcharging your phone less often is not one of them.

The research is done, the results are in and… the most you’re likely to save by charging your mobile more efficiently is around 40p. Not a life-changing amount by any means.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to avoid having to charge all the time – and taking better care of your phone and using it more efficiently can’t hurt, right?

1. Do not fully charge your phone

Yes, it sounds a little crazy. Most of us consider 100% charged, and anything less, we leave it on – even overnight, sometimes (okay, often.)

But the truth is, if you charge your phone to 100% and leave it plugged in, it will damage the battery over time. Short term, of course – you probably won’t notice. But weeks, months, and years later, this will have the added effect of shortening battery life.

Instead, we recommend keeping your device charged somewhere between 40% and 80% to keep it at its best.

Luckily for us, smartphones can do the heavy lifting for us a lot of the time. The iPhone charges overnight and delays charging up to 80% to reduce the strain on the battery. Samsung and Google do something similar. So it’s easier to stick with the little and often approach – but remember that you’ll still need to charge to 100% about once a month for a good old upgrade.

2. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

When it comes to keeping your battery as long as possible (and reducing the frequency of charging), a great place to start is by turning off unnecessary features.

If you’re like me, you leave Bluetooth on to play music at home and Wi-Fi on to save data (why pay twice, right?) But both of these connections take a toll on our battery life.

Turning off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using them may seem like a trick, but it can prevent battery drain because when they’re on, your phone is constantly searching for connections. Turn them off and you’ll see results. And maybe save like 5p?

3. Turn on battery saver mode

Almost every phone these days has a battery saver or low power mode. Yes, you may find that your screen is a little dimmer (or even grayscale), but you’d be surprised what you can get used to if you choose to save power.

Of course, if the version of your cell phone doesn’t allow you to use certain features, you can skip this tip, but if it doesn’t, you can potentially double your battery life. And that’s not bad.

Oh, and some devices allow you to automatically switch to battery saver or low power mode on a timer or at bedtime, so that’s worth a look too!

4. Turn off GPS

Sure, there are plenty of benefits to having GPS enabled (hello, Google Rewards!), but is it really necessary when you’re sitting at home?

As the tool most used with maps on iOS and Android, there is no need to keep this battery-draining feature on day and night. Try turning it off and see if you can save a few pennies.

Literally. 2p if you’re lucky.

5. Adjust the screen settings

Once upon a time, the screen was just a tiny part of a mobile device (we still remember you, Nokia 3310). Not so much these days.

A large portion of our mobile phone battery life is taken up by the screen – especially with new features like Always On mode on so many devices. But the price of these wonderful, clear and bright images is often increased.

Animated screensavers, bright screens, super-duper HD modes and Always On modes all have an effect. Even the time it takes for your screen to go dark after you’ve locked it plays a role. And all these things can be adjusted to save battery.

Reduce the brightness. Set your phone to go dark immediately after being locked. Reduce sharpness and display quality (we promise you’ll get used to it). Turn on dark mode. Don’t use a fancy screen saver. Every little bit helps.

plus, Dark mode reduces eye strainso your optician will thank you and you can save on a new pair of glasses (which cost a lot more than the 40p you can save by charging less!)

6. Turn off vibration

Once upon a time, vibration was secondary to the ringtone. But not anymore.

Yes, a ringtone can be more annoying – or even embarrassing – than a silent and smooth vibration, but the truth is that your ringtone doesn’t use that much power.

Turn off vibrate mode and keep the ringtone volume low and you’ll save a little energy on every call. Silent mode is even better, but frankly impractical, so we wouldn’t recommend it.

However, we’d recommend giving your ringtone some serious thought before switching it, because frankly, we’re going to judge you for it. And so will everyone else who hears it.

7. Turn off background programs

Does anyone force close their apps all the time? Only me? Well, you could take a leaf out of my book.

A lot of programs are in the background, either as windows that we leave open, or simply ones that record things like your location, collect your data, and sell it to Skynet. Just kidding. Like.

Even so, they drain your battery, and the more apps you can close, the better for your battery life.

8. Skip the voice assistant

Whether you love Siri as the personal assistant you never had or yell “Hey Google” dozens of times a day, voice-controlled systems are still taking over. They listen all the time (not really that bad) which uses quite a lot of energy.

Turn off your voice assistant and save battery. And how much harder is it to just print it? Everything will be like in the good old days.

9. Avoid warm and bright sunlight

We’re not saying you need to go full-on X-Men Storm and start controlling the weather, just that you need to be mindful of your device when you’re out and about.

The reason here may not be obvious, but it is there is double First, most phones with adaptive brightness automatically get brighter and use more power when you’re out in the sun.

Second, most phones use lithium-ion batteries. They are designed to work at room temperature, and leaving your phone out in the sun heats them up to the point where they become less effective.

So stick to the shade to avoid damaging your battery and battery life.

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