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Mobile Tech Tips:
Beating the Smartphone Battery Drain

If you have a smartphone, you’ve probably noticed that your battery life isn’t optimal. This could be because lithium battery technology hasn’t been able to keep up with the quickly advancing world of smartphones, but it has a lot to do with battery draining apps. Here’s a list of apps known to drain your battery and some simple ways to save your battery life.

Email Apps

These are the number one culprits behind smartphone battery drain. Every time your phone checks for email, it’s running down your battery. If you’ve got multiple email accounts on your phone, it only gets worse as your phone is constantly pushing for email updates. Most email apps come equipped with push notifications so you can always know what’s going on. You can turn off push notifications for specific apps by going to the settings and disabling this feature.

Radio Apps (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth)

As these apps ping your network and Wi-Fi to find signals, they’re eating away at the little battery life you already have. Wi-Fi and BlueTooth features will constantly search for a signal, so turn them off when you don’t need them. Doing so can save up to a whole hour of battery life.

GPS Apps

Similar to radio apps, GPS apps require a constant search on your network for GPS location information. When you’re done using them, exit them completely so your phone can stop constantly searching for a network.

Dim your screen

While most smartphones have a feature that adjusts screen brightness to your surroundings, it’s best to leave it at the lowest setting you can tolerate.

Keep screen time-out short

Most smartphones allow you to set how long your phone stays awake after setting it down. Set this to the lowest amount of time possible.