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15 Steps to Increase Time Between Battery Charges

Turn the phone off

This will probably be the most effective and simple way of conserving your battery’s power. Why? This will help conserve energy and also charge your phone. If you don't plan on answering the phone while you're sleeping or after business hours, just turn it off.

Don’t wait to charge

Charge your phone frequently. Recharging when the phone is almost dead too often will make the battery do more work and lower its life expectancy. For example, charge when your battery is 40 percent full, not 10 percent.

Stop searching for a signal

When you are in an area with poor or no signal, your phone will constantly look for a better connection, and will use up all your power doing so. Turning your phone off or putting the phone in Airplane Mode will increase battery life.

Switch off the vibrate function on your phone, use just the ring tone

It takes more battery power to use the vibrate function as compared to just a standard ringtone.

Turn off your phone's back light

The back light is what makes the phone easier to read in bright light or outside. However, the light also uses battery power. If you can get by without it, your battery will last longer. If you have to use the back light, many phones will let you set the amount of time to leave the back light on.

Avoid using unnecessary features

If you know it will be a while before your phone’s next charge, don’t use the camera or connect to the Internet. Flash photography can drain your battery especially quickly.

Turn off keyboard feedback

This one may not seem so obvious to most users, but that vibration does use power. As often as you use your keyboard, you’re adding to the decline of your battery power click by click by click. This actually serves two purposes. With the feedback turned off, your keyboard will also respond much faster than it would with it on.

Keep calls short

How many times have you heard someone on their cell phone say, "I think my battery’s dying," and then continue their conversation for several minutes? Sometimes, the dying battery is just an excuse to get off the phone (and a good one, at that), but if you really need to conserve the battery, limit your talk time.

Same goes for Wi-Fi and GPS, if your phone has these features

Keep them off except when you plan on using them, doing so will dramatically save battery power.

With a smartphone, avoid using moving or animated pictures or videos for your background

Animated backgrounds will drain the battery faster than basic wallpapers.

Lock your screen

Locking the screen on your phone not only keeps strangers from snooping, but will also keep the phone from turning on, and using power, if it accidentally brushes up against things.

Get a new battery

After two years, there’s a good chance your battery is running on its last legs. At this point, it might be better to replace it in order to get the full battery life you once had. And with U.S. Cellular’s Battery Swap program, you can get your battery replaced up to 4 times a year for free.

Keep your battery cool

Overheating can damage your phone’s battery cells and make it die faster after a charge. Keep your phone out of the sun’s direct light and other hot places. A phone that gets too hot while in use could be experiencing some kind of charge malfunction and should be checked out.

Turn off push notifications

This function allows your phone to automatically download new email and notifications from third-party applications but also makes your batter run out faster. If your battery is almost dead, go to settings and turn off this feature.

Turn off Bluetooth

When you are not using Bluetooth, turn it off. It will drain your battery very quickly.