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    How to extend your
    smartphone’s battery life By Tecca | Today in Tech - Fri,
    Dec 23, 2011 No matter what type of smartphone you have, the device can serve as your MP3
    player, digital camera, gaming
    system, and even your TV
    while you're out and about —
    as long as you have battery power. If it seems like smarter phones are getting less life out
    of their batteries... you're absolutely right. Smartphones can help you get a lot done
    while traveling, but if you're
    doing a lot on one in a day,
    you're apt to see your screen go
    dark long before the sun goes
    down. Watching out for a few small
    things during your day,
    however, can help extend battery life on your trusty device and make sure you've
    got enough juice to make it all
    day and well into the night. Mixed signals
    It takes extra juice for your
    smartphone to search for a data
    connection. If you're
    somewhere where you won't
    get a signal, like an airplane or subway, putting your phone in
    airplane mode or turning it off
    altogether will prevent it from
    draining your battery. Turning
    your phone on does require a
    bit of extra power, so it's best to save shutting it off for times
    when you plan to leave it off
    for a while, rather than
    something like a 20-minute
    subway ride to work in the
    morning. Thinking of it as car mode or subway mode instead
    of airplane mode might just be
    the mental trick you need! Likewise, turn off wifi when you don't need it. When it's
    active, your phone scans for
    available wifi connections
    constantly, which kills battery
    life. If you're using the wifi in a
    coffee shop or bookstore, remember to disable that
    connection when you're done
    to avoid draining your battery
    while you're on the road. Focus on the task at hand
    Sure, you can have your email
    open, search for directions to a
    local restaurant, watch a video
    on YouTube, and play Angry Birds at the same time — but chances are you're really only
    focused on one of those tasks.
    Everything you have open on
    your phone is using some
    amount of battery power. Try
    to focus on doing just one thing at a time on your phone, and close unnecessary applications to keep them from draining
    your battery. Things like your GPS and the bluetooth connection you use to connect to your hands-free
    device in the car gobble up a
    ton of battery power and are of
    no use to you unless you're
    doing a few specific tasks. Bright future
    Bright screens look great but
    are a huge drain on your
    phone's battery. To stretch your
    phone's life, go into the controls
    or settings and dim the backlight or brightness of your
    screen. While the dimmest
    setting might be difficult to
    read (especially if you're
    somewhere brightly lit),
    something toward the middle will extend your battery life
    without putting too much
    strain on your eyes. If your
    phone has an auto-brightness
    option, using that can be a one-
    step solution to balancing battery life and ease of
    reading. Along those same lines, try to
    avoid using animated backgrounds on your phone. Remember, the less you ask of
    your phone, the less it draws on
    your battery. Bad vibrations
    It takes more battery power
    for your phone to vibrate than
    it does to ring. While you
    absolutely want to have your
    phone on vibrate (or turned off) when you're at a movie or in a
    meeting, keeping your ringer
    on at other times can help
    extend battery life. Mandatory nap time
    Just as you would with a
    toddler, the easiest way to
    make sure your smartphone's
    battery lasts all night is to give
    it a nap at some point during the day. If you're headed into a
    meeting for a few hours, turn
    off your phone and leave it in
    your desk. Likewise, if you're
    out to dinner with close friends
    or on a date, turn off your phone and focus on your
    companions. Not only will you
    look like a better employee and
    friend for focusing on the
    people around you in real life,
    you'll also save that much more juice for later. Still having trouble?
    If you still find yourself running
    out of battery life before the
    end of the day, plug into a charging bag or use an external battery pack such as Morphie's JuicePack to strap on some extra power for the road. This article was written by Emily Price and originally appeared on Tecca More from Tecca: Beginner's guide to Android
    phones and tabletsBeginner's
    guide to the iPhone5 tips for
    improving your iPhone battery
    lifeEverything you need to
    know about the Galaxy Nexus and Android Ice Cream
    Sandwich U.S.
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