2021 is looking like a good year for tech and smartphones. Last year gave us the fast-performing Galaxy Note 20 series, but there are already talks of a Samsung Galaxy S21 release happening soon. With phones getting better with every release, people are getting more functionality out of their phones now more than ever.
Phone batteries, too, are evolving to keep up with phone use, but saving a phone’s battery life is still important. To fully maximize your phone’s battery life and to keep battery health at its best, here are the phone habits you need to say goodbye to.
Ignoring app updates
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. App updates optimize your phone’s memory and battery life. Most of these bug updates keep your apps from draining battery life. Apps also run smoother and require less energy when they’re up to date. On that note, don’t forget to clean up your apps from time to time. Clearing the cache consistently and keeping only the necessary apps go a long way in keeping your smartphone battery in good working order.
Going all the way up on your screen’s brightness
A bright screen is helpful for binge-watching and playing graphically demanding games, but when you’re just scrolling through social media or sending a text, it’s best to keep screen brightness low to save battery. If you’re not used to adjusting the brightness manually, phones like the Samsung A11 usually have an adaptive brightness setting that allows your phone to adjust the display based on the environment and lighting you’re in.
Underutilizing battery-saving features
If you haven’t explored your phone’s many useful settings, then you haven’t truly experienced it. Smartphones are called smartphones for a reason—they’re equipped with many useful features that you can tweak to fit your lifestyle. Android phones have a few battery-saving features that you can toggle when you want to. Based on your usage pattern, the adaptive battery feature ensures that your phone only uses battery when needed. Power-saving mode limits background app usage and reduces visual effects to save battery. If you’re really hunkering down to save battery life, the Galaxy S20 FE has an ultrapower saving mode where only the most important apps are available and everything else is shut off.
Charging all the way to a hundred
You already know it’s bad to drain your phone to zero, but did you know that charging it to 100 percent can also harm your phone’s battery health? Lithium-based batteries of today work best when partially charged (around 80-90 percent) as it operates at a lower voltage. Lower voltages mean that there are a lot more charging cycles available to you and that your battery’s lifespan increases. It’s also better to top up your battery from time to time rather than leaving it charging overnight or for hours while you’re busy. This practice makes sure that you don’t use up your charging cycles too fast. Aside from having all-day dual batteries, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a fast wireless charger if you’re on the go, just don’t forget to remove it before charging all the way to a hundred.
Choosing light display/day mode
I’m personally a big fan of a light display just because I prefer seeing things against white or light colors. However, a dark theme is very useful in making your battery last longer because the display uses less energy when illuminating black pixels. It’s also easy on the eyes, especially at night when you’re looking for something to help you sleep. If you want to hit two birds with one stone, that is, save your battery and prevent your phone from distracting you, going grayscale is a good solution.