When traveling, your smartphone can be a very useful and almost essential tool. You have almost everything you’re going to need in there and, as a result, you’re regularly using it. It’s your camera, your lifeline to social media, a phrase translator, to find a nearby restaurant locator, to find opening hours for museums and Google Mapping your way around town, right? So, the more you use it, the more you’ll have to charge it.
Finding yourself with no battery power is super annoying. Especially, when you’re not able to find an available wall socket when you need it. To prevent that from happening, here are some tips you can use to preserve your phone’s battery life when you are on the road.
1. Enable Low-Power/Battery-Saver Mode!
This Mode will limit certain activities on your smartphone. So, to make the most of what you’ve got, reduce your phone’s performance to stretch your battery life.
2. Use Airplane Mode (even if you’re not flying)!
Airplane Mode can help you save a massive amount of battery, even if you’re not up in the sky. When traveling, you’re going to run into a no-signal area sooner or later, and it’s these kinds of areas that will drain your device’s battery.
3. Uninstall/Install Apps before you travel!
Having to uninstall your favorite apps can be a tough task, but do you think you can go without them until after you have charged your phone again? Apps such as Facebook Messenger will consume a large amount of your phone’s battery. If you think you can uninstall apps that consume a lot of battery, go for it.
4. Adjust your Screen Brightness!
Your phone’s display screen is the greatest battery consumer, and brightness can make a tremendous difference in battery life. Try this: Reduce your phone’s brightness to as low as your eyesight can manage or put it on auto adjust. Auto adjust automatically adapts to save power and compensate for different activities like Internet use.
5. Use dark Wallpaper and dark App Themes!
This is a tip that will always work, whether you are traveling or not. The fewer pixels your display needs to light up, the more power it saves. The same rule applies to apps.
If an app has a dark theme, it’s a good idea to use it. There are plenty of great apps that offer dark-themes. If you have a newer phone, use the true black backgrounds for both the home screen and lock screen. Also turn on dark themes whenever possible to decrease battery use while within apps.
6. Carry your Power Charger with you!
If you decide to take a break at the hotel or in a coffee bar, charging your phone while you are there is a great idea to regain some of that battery life.
7. Stop Fetching and Refreshing!
Who doesn’t love the instant gratification of seeing “likes” on Social Media just seconds after posting a fun pic of the day’s travel adventures? Unfortunately, Facebook and Twitter are two of the biggest battery-killer apps because they’re constantly refreshing. Even when they’re not in use, they’re updating so that when you open them you’ll see up-to-the-minute info.
8. Customize your Notifications and Apps before traveling!
If you have cellular data turned off, it’s a bit of a thrill to find Wi-Fi when traveling, especially overseas. Unfortunately, the moment you do connect to a Wi-Fi network all your apps automatically start to update and refresh at the same time, eating up your battery. Another drain is when an app frequently wakes up your display screen with notifications.
9. Charge while driving!
Another great idea to do, especially during a road trip, is charging your phone while you are driving. Buy one of those sockets, and get charging.
10. Just leave your phone in your pocket!
As simple as that, just leave it in your pocket. Turning the screen on and off again to see if you have any notifications is using the battery. Just let it rest in your pocket, where the screen can stay off.