Prolong your smartphone battery life

October 2, 2012 2:50:40 PM PDT
All that multi-tasking your smartphone does on a regular basis can drain your phone's charge in a flash. Here are some simple tech tweaks to boost your battery life.

1. Avoid Power-Zapping Settings: Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other location tracking services when you're not using them. Also set your ringtone to silent or quiet over vibrate, which uses more power.

2. Fetch data less frequently: Your apps and e-mail may be updating even when your screen isn't on. Change your settings so there are longer intervals between data refreshes.

3. Exit apps: Get in the habit of shutting down or "X-ing" out of each app or program every time you finish using it.

4. Turn off notifications: Unless it's a vital update, do you really need to do know each time someone comments on your Instagram photo or Facebook status? Those notifications waste battery power.

5. Go dim: Switch your screen brightness to auto in settings and shorten backlight intervals.

Those tweaks should help keep you away from your phone charger for longer periods of time.