How to make your iOS, Android and Windows Phone battery life last longer

The race to make it home before your phone battery runs out is one we all want to win – the O2 Gurus‘ top tips should help you get ahead.

1. Turn the brightness down

iphonebrightnessOne quick fix is to save power by turning your screen brightness down.

On iPhone (right): swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the control panel, then adjust the brightness using the first slider.

On Android: swipe down from the top of the screen to open the control panel, then change the screen brightness using the slider.

On Windows Phone: you’ll have to set this up in your Action Centre first, so open the Action Centre by swiping down from the top of the screen then tap ‘All Settings’. Here you can change one of the four icons to let you switch brightness from automatic to low, medium or high.

2. Stay up to date 

Most updates make your phone’s software at least a little more efficient as bugs get ironed out. You’ll usually get a notification if there’s new software available but here’s how to double check:

On iPhone:  Go to Settings > General > Software Update

On Android: Go to Settings > About Phone > System Update and check for available updates.

On Windows Phone: Go to Settings > Phone Update

To be sure you don’t lose anything, always back your phone data up before you install any updates.

3. Turn off notifications

It takes a lot of power for your phone to keep scanning for information from each app, so switch them off to save juice – but remember, once you turn notifications off you’ll have to open an app to get updates or new messages.

On iPhone: Go to Settings > Notification Centre and then go through all your apps one by one. If there are some you can live without, disable their automatic alerts by tapping the app name and then turning “Show in Notification Centre” and “Show on Lock Screen” to off.

androidnotifications2You can also tell your phone to fetch email, calendar and iCloud data less often by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendars > Fetch New Data and choosing a longer schedule or ‘Manually’.

On Android (right): Go to Settings > Application Manager, then tap any non-essential app and untick Show Notifications.

On Windows Phone: Go to Settings > Background Tasks to block any non-essential apps from running in the background.

4. Use Flight Mode

Some Android phones and Windows Phone 8.1 come with an energy saving mode that turns off everything that isn’t completely essential and you can get a similar effect by putting your phone in flight mode. You won’t receive calls or texts, but you can turn Wi-Fi on if you want to stay connected.

On iPhone: Swipe up to open the control panel, then tap the aeroplane icon.

On Android: Go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > Airplane Mode.

winphoflightmodeOR press and hold the power key – many phones have the option to enter Flight Mode in the menu that pops up.

On Windows Phone: Go to Settings > Flight Mode and toggle the switch to ‘On’.

These easy tips should see you home safely before your battery dies; but if you need to stay juiced for longer than usual, you might want to invest in a portable charger or phone case with a built in battery. We have a few in our accessories range right here.

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