There has been a high influx of Smartphone activity in the last couple of years. Not only are people emailing and texting more, but social media has taken over for most smartphone users. In addition, many still use their phones to gain information such as research businesses, Google searches, website navigation and to make purchases.
Scientific American conducted a recent online survey asking smartphone users what their biggest shortcoming is in relation to their mobile device. The overwhelming results of the survey came down to frustration with battery life. With so much internet surfing and app inclusion it makes sense that people would want their battery to survive more than a few hours without dying.
It appears the biggest victims of battery frustration are the multitude of people who travel frequently. They always dread the endless fight to keep their smartphones alive while attempting to stay connected to family and friends. Färbe Technik, the leading global manufacturer and supplier of mobile accessories for Apple, Samsung and Blackberry devices, is offering tips on how to keep the beloved iPhone charged for longer periods of time.
Identify What is Draining the Battery: Updates to iOS 8 allow Apple users to see a breakdown of what apps are using the most power. To find out which apps are draining your device’s battery go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage.
Turn Off App Notifications: Some apps spam users with unimportant news by notifying them either on the home screen or in the notification center. Control which apps send you notifications by going to Settings > Notification Center and tap on any apps you don’t want notifications from.
Reduce Background Refreshing: Allowing apps to refresh themselves drains the iPhone battery more than anything. Most users think power is preserved by closing apps, but it is important to turn off background apps by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Refrain from Using Animations: Dynamic backgrounds and parallax “3D” effects are fun to look at but drain the battery much quicker than static images. Go to Settings > Wallpapers and Brightness then choose “Wallpaper’”and turn “Reduce Motion” on in Settings > General > Accessibility.
Set iPhone to Auto-Lock: Setting the iPhone to automatically sleep allows for the battery to be preserved since less power is used to run the screen or other services. Go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and choose one or two minutes.
Mobile phones have improved dramatically over the last decade, but for many battery life has not. Modern smartphones often struggle to make it through the day, while older “dumb phones” could run for at least a week on a single charge.
In order to have a longer battery life experience users have to be willing to adopt a trade-off by incorporating some of the tips above. With an added expense Färbe Technik also offers products that will allow users more time to play, surf the net or conduct business. Products such as external battery cases can add hours and in some situations days to the battery life.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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