Smartphone Battery Life Tips for iPhone and Android Smartphones

Posted:

Last Update: August 13, 2015

app-download-ipad-iphone-android2

Battery life is the one characteristic which leads to many Smartphone complaints on how long a battery lasts or what functions and Apps draw too much power. Almost all users have run into situations where their phone runs out of power or when expected battery life is a lot shorter than expected. In this article we will help users extend the battery life of both Android Smartphones and iPhones.

iPhone batteries are designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 500 full charge and discharge cycles. This is roughly a year and a half of daily battery charging. Your battery will start to deteriorate, at which point, you may wish to replace your battery. Most batteries are designed to last 3 to 5 years, with the average gadget possibly becoming obsolete before then. It makes sense to pay a little attention to how you manage your Smartphone’s battery in order to lengthen the lifespan of your electronics.

Smartphone Deals

  • Posted by: The Chief

    Expiring Today: iPhone 6 Unlocked 64GB Refurbished Smartphone Sale $159.99 + Free Shipping

    Over 6,000 bought. eBay (cellfee, 356,000 feedback) as an iPhone 6 Unlocked 64GB Refurbished Smartphone Sale $159.99 Free Shipping. Tax in NY. 2% back in eBay bucks. All 3 color currently available. 30 day returns.

    iPhone 6 has the Normal headphone jack!

    Important Information:

    Learn what refurbished means.

    Consider purchasing an unlocked cell phone if you are on AT&T or T-Mobile and want a new Smartphone without a contract. Unlocked Smartphones allow you to subscribe to low cost carriers mentioned below and function internationally, so you can use the same phone abroad.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers. Check out our How to Buy an Unlocked iPhone article to learn what it means to have an "Unlocked" Smartphone.

    About Apple iPhone 6:

    The Apple iPhone 6 comes with a new faster Apple A8 processor (ironically made by Samsung) and runs on iOS 8. It has a a longer, larger 4.7" Retina display with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Cnet calls the redesign "sharp, slim, and feather-light."

    Apple iOS 10 includes Airdrop, Siri, Family Sharing, QuickType Keyboard and more.

    However the iPhone 6's new improved Lightning connector makes older docks and chargers obsolete. On the plus side, the new connector is a bit smaller, a little more rugged and easier to use than the previous one.

    Reviews:
    CNet gives the Apple iPhone 6 a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

    Apple iPhone 6 Specifications:

    • 8Mpixel iSight rear camera f2.2, 1.2Mpixel Facetime camera
    • 1080p HD video recording (30 fps or 60 fps)
    • Apple A8 quad-core 1.30GHz processor
    • Apple M8 motion coprocessor
    • iOS 10
    • 4.7" Retina HD 1334x750 resolution touchscreen
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
    • NFC
    • upto 14 hr talk time on 3G, upto 10 days standby
    • 6.07 ounces

    Low Cost Service Plan with Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data

    T-Mobile offers a web exclusive pre-paid plan great for unlocked phones:

    • $40/mo for Unlimited Talk & Text with 3GB of LTE Data

    Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that is owned by Tracfone and Walmart, sells micro SIM cards for the that cost $14.99 + Free Shipping.  You can pop these into any AT&T-compatible, T-Mobile-compatible, or unlocked GSM phone.

    • $45 a month buys you unlimited talk, text and 5GB high speed data with no contract or credit check
    Sales tax in: Depends on seller
    Posted: January 17, 2019 1:00 PM PST


  • Posted by: The Chief

    iPhone 7 Unlocked 32GB Refurbished Smartphone Sale $259.50 + Free Shipping

    Over 3000 bought. eBay (buyspry, 166,000 feedback) has an iPhone 7 Unlocked 32GB Refurbished Smartphone Sale, $259.50 - free shipping. Tax only in MD. 2% back in eBay bucks.  Only in Pink.

    iPhone 7 128GB Black Refurbished $259.99 Free Shipping.

    Just say no to a $749 iPhone!

    • Faster
    • Better Battery Life
    • Waterproof
    • New and improved camera (f1.8)
    • Optical image stabilization
    • No Headphone Jack (Comes with lightning adapter cable)

    Important Information:

    Perfect for T-Mobile, StraightTalk or AT&T Wireless. Add a line or replace and older phone.

    Consider purchasing an unlocked cell phone if you are on AT&T or T-Mobile and want a new Smartphone without a contract. Unlocked Smartphones allow you to subscribe to low cost carriers mentioned below and function internationally, so you can use the same phone abroad.

    Learn: No-Contract Plans, Unlocked Smartphones

    Choosing the right plan for you is time consuming and can also be a hassle. We've done the research and you may save over $1,000 each year! Be sure to check out our no-contract Smartphone plan article: How to Find the Best No Contract Smartphone Plans where we compare all of the major network carriers. Check out our How to Buy an Unlocked iPhone article to learn what it means to have an "Unlocked" Smartphone.

    About Apple iPhone 7:

    The Apple iPhone 7 comes with a new faster Apple A10 Fusion processor and runs on iOS 10. It has a a longer, larger 4.7" Retina display with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. Cnet calls the redesign "sharp, slim, and feather-light."

    Apple iOS 10 includes Airdrop, Siri, Family Sharing, QuickType Keyboard and more.

    However the iPhone 7's new improved Lightning connector makes older docks and chargers obsolete. On the plus side, the new connector is a bit smaller, a little more rugged and easier to use than the previous one.

    Reviews:
    CNet gives the Apple iPhone 7 a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

    Apple iPhone 7 Specifications:

    • 12Mpixel iSight rear camera f1.8, 7Mpixel Facetime camera
    • 1080p HD video recording (30 fps or 60 fps)
    • 4K video recording at 30 fps
    • Apple A10 Fusion quad-core 1.30GHz processor
    • Apple M8 motion coprocessor
    • iOS 11
    • 4.7" Retina HD 1334x750 resolution touchscreen @ 326ppi
    • Wide color display (P3)
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • 1400:1 contrast ratio
    • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
    • NFC
    • IP67 Rating: Splash, Water & Dust Resistant
    • upto 14 hr talk time on 3G, upto 10 days standby
    • 4.87 ounces (138 grams)
    • 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches
    • 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 + CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100
    • 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 + CDMA2000 1xEV-DO & TD-SCDMA
    • 4G Network: LTE Band 1(2100) / 2(1900) / 3(1800) / 4(1700/2100) / 5(850) / 7(2600) / 8(900) / 12(700) / 13(700) / 17(700) / 18(800) / 19(800) / 20(800) / 25(1900) / 26(850) / 27(800) / 28(700) / 29(700) / 30(2300) / 38(2600) / 39(1900) / 40(2300) / 41(2500)

    Low Cost Service Plan with Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data

    T-Mobile offers a web exclusive pre-paid plan great for unlocked phones:

    • $40/mo for Unlimited Talk & Text with 3GB of LTE Data

    Straight Talk, a prepaid carrier that is owned by Tracfone and Walmart, sells micro SIM cards for the that cost $14.99 + Free Shipping.  You can pop these into any AT&T-compatible, T-Mobile-compatible, or unlocked GSM phone.

    • $45 a month buys you unlimited talk, text and 5GB high speed data with no contract or credit check
    Sales tax in: Depends on seller
    Posted: January 17, 2019 9:40 AM PST


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 Sale $279.00 + Free Shipping

    Rare Sale. B&H Photo has an Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 Sale. 38mm GPS+ Cellular costs $279.00 , Free Shipping. Tax in NJ, NY.

    • Free Glass Screen protector ($20 value)

    42mm GPS+Cellular $299 Free Shipping

    • Other models available, most are $100 off retail
    • This model will work with the new upgraded AppleWatch  operating system.

    Apple Sports Watch 3 Includes:

    • Brand New Apple Watch Sport Aluminum Case with Sport Band iWatch (Please Choose Color Desired When Making Purchase)
    • Magnetic Charging Cable
    • Sport Band
    Sales tax in: NJ, NY
    Posted: January 17, 2019 6:10 AM PST



  • Posted by: The Chief

    Expiring Today: iPhone X 256GB Unlocked Refurbished Sale $699.99 + Free Shipping

    Over 800 bought. eBay (bidallies, 293k feedback)has a iPhone X 256GB Unlocked Refurbished Sale, $699.99 Free Shipping. Tax in NJ. Expires Soon

    • No sales tax, save over the Apple Store. iPhone XS costs $999!

    iPhone X Specifications

    • All Glass surface on front and back
    • Unlocked GSM+CDMA
    • No Contract
    • 5.8" Super Retina Edge-to-Edge 2436x1125 (458ppi) Screen
    • Super fast A11 Bionic Chip CPU
    • 12MPixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
    • 7MPixel front camera with Retina Flash
    • Wireless charging using Qi industry standard
    • FaceID to unlock phone
    • iOS 12

     

    Sales tax in: Depends on seller
    Posted: January 17, 2019 6:01 AM PST


  • Posted by: The Chief

    Lease an iPhone XR, XS, XS Max Sprint, Get an XR Free

    Time toSswitch to a better carrier with Unlimited.. Lease an iPhone XR, XS, XS Max Sprint, Get an XR Free when you activate New service.  Requires 18 mo. lease, new line or eligible upgrade. On approved credit. Expires Soon

    How to Get Deal

    Click Shop Now

    Click Details next to: Tis the season! Get the iPhone XR on us

    • Lease an iPhone XR, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs or iPhone X and get an iPhone XR on us (or save more than $550 towards the iPhone Xs Max, Xs or X).

    If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on device becomes due. approved credit. Monthly bill credit starts within 2 bills. Excludes tax.

    • New Unlimited Plans from $60/month.  Expires Soon

    Unlock your credit report if you locked it.

    iPhone XR Specifications

    • 6 different colors
    • 6.1" Super Retina Edge-to-Edge 1792x828 (326ppi) Screen
    • Super fast A12 Bionic Chip CPU
    • Single 12MPixel rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization
    • 7MPixel front camera with Retina Flash
    • Wireless charging using Qi industry standard
    • FaceID to unlock phone
    • iOS 12

    ’Tis the season! Get the iPhone XR on us.

    Lease an iPhone XR, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs or iPhone X and get an iPhone XR on us (or save more than $550 towards the iPhone Xs Max, Xs or X).

    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: January 17, 2019 12:00 AM PST


  • Posted by: Mr. Arnie

    Expiring Today: Samsung 10,000 mAh Portable Battery $15.99 + Free Shipping

    Samsung has a Samsung 10,000 mAh Portable Battery, $15.99 Free Shipping. Expires: 1/20/2019

    • 10,000 mAh capacity provides up to 2 full charges from 0-100% on most of the latest phones
    • Name brand, not some unknown manufacturer
    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: January 16, 2019 8:00 AM PST


More Like This

LG-Nexus-5-BlackiPhone-4-white

Recharging your Smartphone Battery Correctly

Following these tips will help maximize your batteries’ capacity and life span. Batteries will eventually wear out, but there is a lot you can do to extend its shelf life.

  • Keep battery capacity greater than 50% as often as possible
  • Going from 100% to 0% to often will degrade your batteries’ life span. Only do this once a month to condition your battery
  • Some batteries work better if they are slightly below 100% when fully charged
  • There are folks who like to charge batteries from 40% to 90% and maintain that range.
  • When charging or storing your phone, keep it in a moderate temperature environment. The higher the temperature, the faster it will lose a charge. Do not leave your batteries in the sun or in a hot car.
  • Disconnect a battery from a charger after it reaches 100%.
  • Try to never allow lithium ion batteries to hit 0% charge
  • Wireless chargers are convenient but generate heat and wasted energy
  • Power drop is very noticeable at temperatures lower than about 40F/4C.
  • Around or below freezing, most batteries do not work well.

Lithium-ion batteries perform optimally at about normal room temperature (68F/20C). If a device warms to 86F/30C, its ability to hold a battery charge drops by about 20%. If the battery is used at 113F/45C — a temperature easily reached by devices that are heavily used or that are in the sun, battery capacity can be reduced by 50%.

If a device or battery feels hot, move to a cooler location, turn off unnecessary apps, or even turn off the device.

Do not store your phone in the bottom of a briefcase or purse, items may block or weaken cellular signals, wasting power.

A healthy, 100% full, lithium battery will self-discharge at about only 5% in the first 24 hours after disconnected from the charger — with only an additional 2% or so per month after that.

General Android SmartPhone Battery Life and iPhone Battery Life Tips

Here are some general tips that can help you maximize the battery performance of any Smartphone:

Screenshot_2013-11-01-10-23-26

  • Lower the brightness or backlight of your screen.
  • Vibrate consumes a lot of power, disable it.
  • When going to bed, switch your Smartphone to Airplane Mode.
  • Disable push email or constant email checking. Set email synchronization to longer intervals.
  • Reduce the number of email accounts checked.
  • Avoid using the camera's flash.
  • Turn off Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, NFC if you do not use these features. You may want to turn WiFi off whenever you leave the house.
  • Download apps and music when plugged into power and WiFi at home.
  • Uninstall any Apps you do not use. No sense in wasting power updating Apps constantly.
  • Disable background applications.
  • When in areas of low or no signal, turn off your Smartphone, or switch it to Airplane mode, otherwise it will use a lot of power looking for a signal.
  • When leaving your phone on a desk or counter top at home or work, orient the Smartphone so that it receives the highest signal. You may need to stand it up vertically.
  • Use your Smartphone’s Auto-Lock feature and set it to a low number.
  • Disable Apps which constantly look up your present location. Google Maps, Facebook, etc.

Apple iOS 7 Battery Life Saving Tips

iOS 7 has many fancy new features which cause battery life to fall off. Here is a list of iOS 7 specific tips on how to restore your battery life under iOS 7.

photo

  • Reduce Background App Refresh, this allows Apps in the background to multitask. To disable this feature, select Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
  • Turn off the fancy background motion parallax effect, known as Reduce Motion. Settings > General > Accessibility
  • Disable Automatic Updating of Apps. Settings > iTunes and Apple Store
  • Disable the constant refreshing of Spotlight Search results. Settings > General > Spotlight Search
  • Disable AirDrop, which lets you share files at any time. Slide up at the bottom of your screen to turn this off.

Apple iPhone Battery life tips

photo (2)

  • Apple has a page with additional iPhone battery life tips.
  • Set the brightness of your screen to a lower level. Auto-Brightness may cause your iPhone to be brighter than needed, disable it
  • Prevent the iPhone from constantly looking for WiFi networks. Switch off Ask to Join Networks
  • Turn off Push notifications, or reduce the number of Apps sending Push notification
  • Set your iPhone to Fetch new data hourly or manually
  • Disable or reduce the number of Apps that use location services
  • Disabling 3G or LTE helps save energy, but who wants a slower phone?
  • Turning off sounds made when unlocking and sending e-mail will also help battery life.
  • Apps that constantly run, and especially those that track your location such as Google Maps, Twitter, Textplus, Facebook, Pandora, and Skype also drain the battery.
  • iOS 4 or newer users can Kill background tasks.
  • Having your iPhone Auto-lock will save battery life. Set the Auto-Lock interval to as short a time as possible.
  • Disable Siri’s Raise to Speak. General > Siri > Raise to Speak
  • When storing your iPhone, Apple recommends charging it to 50%, before storing it.

Android Smartphone Battery Life Tips

Screenshot_2013-11-01-10-23-06

Follow the same tips for the iPhone plus run an app like Battery Monitor to help pinpoint what is draining your smartphones battery. Juice Defender and Easy Battery Saver are also apps that help extend Android smartphone battery life.

  • Remove unnecessary widgets. These are constantly updated, diminishing battery life.
  • Disable vibrating when you tap keys, otherwise known as haptic feedback
  • Dropbox allows you to disable Uploading when connected via cellular data. Upload only on WiFi

Never throw batteries in the trash. Recycle them.

We have covered a lot of ground with many different tips to extend your Smartphone’s battery life. Please try to use as many of these as possible, they will help you prevent the dreaded, low battery warning.

 

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Tags: , , ,

One response to “Smartphone Battery Life Tips for iPhone and Android Smartphones”

  1. leomark says:

    Battery Saver HD – Battery saver, energy optimization and task killer to save battery.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bat.saver

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.