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Be SMART With Your Phone Battery

Feb 5, 2016

In today’s modern world of mobile technology and innovation, there’s an increasing necessity to keep your iPhone charged and switched on whilst you’re at the airport.

Passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be required to show that electronic devices in their hand luggage are powered up or face not being allowed to bring the device onto the aircraft

Department for Transport

Not only are more and more airlines switching to paper-less ticketing and mobile boarding passes, but also this year, you might find yourself being asked by airport security to demonstrate that your phone is switched on and functioning.

So here are our top tips for ensuring that you get the most out of your Smartphone!

Lower Screen Brightness

1. Lower your screen brightness

Your battery uses its energy into light to brighten your screen display. By going into your phone settings and lowering the brightness, your phone battery use less energy and last much longer.

Even with your brightness on between 20 and 30%, you can still easily read your emails, messages and web content. Alternatively, turn on ‘Auto-Brightness’ and your phone will automatically adjust the screen according to the light around it, and use less.

2. Turn off Cellular Data, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Even if you aren’t on your phone specifically using these functions, they can still drain your battery unnecessarily. Bluetooth transmits data wirelessly and by leaving it on, it’ll be on alert to accept any incoming data so unless you really need it on, then just switch it off in your phone settings. Likewise with leaving Wi-Fi on; whilst you may not notice it, having Wi-Fi or 3G on constantly means your phone will be performing lots of background functions. It’ll encourage automatic updates on your apps, refresh your emails, and it’ll be constantly looking for a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to. If you don’t need them, turn them off in your settings.

3. Switch to Airplane/Flight Mode

Turning on your flight mode is the ultimate battery-saver for those horrifying moments where you’ve only got single-digit percentage remaining on your battery. It temporarily disables the hardware functions on your phone such as Wi-Fi, Cellular Data, Bluetooth and GPS. Your phone’s radio functions need a lot of energy to be in constant communication with cell towers that provide all this various data; airplane mode simply switches all this off. As a result of this – it’s not just your internet accessibility that is disabled, but all your SMS and incoming call data will be blocked too. All smartphones have this function in today’s day and age – just check around in your settings to activate it. iPhone users, here’s a tip for you – by charging your phone in Airplane mode, your battery will gain power significantly faster! Samsung users, alongside Flight mode, in the upper right corner of your notifications pull-down screen you do have a little ‘power-saving’ option – although it might make your phone run a little slower, it will last much longer!

4. Turn off your location services

Having a built-in GPS on your smartphone is really handy for when you need directions to the nearest restaurant or train station, but you’d be surprised just how many apps continuously use these location services on your phone to pinpoint your usage. Your web browsers, camera, personal banking and all your social media apps are constantly relying on the location function to access GPS coordinates and provide you with a better service. As you can imagine, this is a huge drain on your battery, so if you have no real need for this, then head to your Settings and you should be able to switch this off here.