How to get the most life out of your battery

Well hello there, all you good looking android using Bluedots! Are you tired of your super cool phone not making it through a busy work day or long car ride?  Well then maybe it’s time to learned how to get the most out of your Android phone’s battery. Before we do that though, let’s take a look at some of the things that cause the drain on your phone’s battery.


Pop into your phone’s settings and click on the about phone tab. Next click on the Battery Use Tab. You’ll see a list of processes and applications listed from worst to least offender. This is a helpful feature because it will help you identify what’s stealing your juice and how to adjust to lessen its toll on battery life. Most commonly, Cell Standby, Phone Idle and Phone display will be in the top three. If you have the gift of gab, Voice Calls will likely be up there too.

So let’s tackle some of these and figure out how to minimize their power gobbling ways. If you find yourself in an area where you have no cell phone reception, switch your phone over to airplane mode. This disables the cell radio. You can do this by holding your power button and selecting Airplane Mode when it comes up. Next, when your phone is idle, it’s still using that battery.

How to extend your battery lifeMany tasks are happening in the background with smart phones. It’s constantly looking for updates, new emails and wifi spots to connect with. You can tone down how often it looks for these things in your features. Wifi you can turn off entirely if you don’t plan to use it. Generally, the brighter your Android screen, the bigger the drain on your battery. Some types of displays are more energy efficient than others, but it’s still a good idea to reduce your screen brightness to the lowest comfortable level to conserve power. You can also reduce the time it takes for your display to power itself down when not in use to maximize battery life.

If all that seems like too much work, you could download a wonderful free app called Juice Defender. This is an app that takes all the guess work out of battery management. Simply download the app and let it run in the background. It will automatically do that tasks outlined above and even keeps some power hungry apps at bay. If you find that it’s interfering with any of your processes, you can simply disable it.

Now go Bluedots! Play Angry Birds on the toilet for an extra forty minutes, watch some movies on Netflix when your girlfriend drags you to see a Rom Com in the theaters  or destroy your Grandmom’s high score in words with friends.

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