Easy Ways to Make Your Cellphone Battery Last Longer

Frustratingly, the one thing we as cellphone users want does not often happen. What is that one thing, you ask? For our batteries to last all day!  

How long our cellphone batteries last depend on two things: how we have use our device that day, and how we have used it in the past. We won’t go into the nitty gritty of what happens to the lithium ions in your battery as you charge and use your device, but simply put, there is a link between how we handle our devices every day and what charging capacity it will give us later.

Here are a few easy ways to help your cellphone battery last longer:

  1. Avoid reaching the 0% battery mark altogether.
  2. Avoid deep discharge by keeping your phones even slightly charged before storing them for an extended period of time.
  3. Avoid fast charge settings where you can charge your phone in minutes rather than hours. Charging a phone too quickly reduces its storage capacity as well as charging capacity. Give the lithium ions the time they need! Charging a phone in 5 minutes instead of 2 hours can cause up to 20% reduction in battery capacity.
  4. Store your phone between 0 and 45 degrees Celsius at all times. This is the optimal temperature for the lithium-ion batteries.
  5. Keep phones out of direct sunlight for extended periods, especially on hot summer days.
  6. Use battery saving mode.
  7. Reduce screen brightness.
  8. Use WiFi instead of 4G.
  9. Limit the amount of video content you consume.
  10. Use airplane mode when you are not actively using your device.

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