Ways to make your phone last longer
Sadly, the most common battery fault is the one that is unfixable. This is battery age. As your battery gets older it will deteriorate which is why you often find that by the end of your contracted two years, your battery barely survives half a day. Although this issue is unavoidable, it is manageable. There are many apps that can help monitor your battery life for you. These will let you know when you are using your battery excessively so you can change how you use your phone at the times you need to conserve battery life.
Some batteries visibly expand when they have reached the end of their lifespan. When this happens you need to change your battery as soon as possible. There is a high chance of expanded batteries exploding and damaging not just your phone but also yourself if the phone is in active use at the time. At that point, batteries can be very dangerous which is why you should always check for expansion if your battery life suddenly drops. For those that cannot see their batteries, if your screen starts to flex out of the casing then this is a sure sign that your battery is expanding internally. You must get this changed by a qualified technician ASAP.
If your phone gets hot it can lead to faster battery deterioration. No matter why your phone is overheating, you can find your battery will not respond well to the heat. Phones will generally get warm with slight overuse, through leaving applications running in full or having it constantly searching for services. Hopefully the only time your phone gets warm will be the initial set up when it is busy installing all its settings. Also, if you are taking information from a previous handset then it can get warm while having the communication channels open constantly. This is normal so don’t panic if your phone is warm after you have just set it up.
Your phone should not become too hot for you to hold or use with everyday usage. If this happens, then usually it means that there is a process running on the phone that hasn’t stopped. This is quickly remedied with a battery pull. For those who cannot remove the battery, you can switch the phone off and leave it for a few minutes to cool before restarting. This is just a quick fix and if the problem persists then you have to think about what could be causing this overheating. You can get apps from the various stores which can “kill” hidden processes so that if this does happen constantly, you can see what is causing it and end it before your phone gets too hot.
It’s not only apps that drain your battery life. There are lots of features on modern day phones that can leech your battery without you realising. On most phones the following features can easily be turned off when not being used, all saving your battery, adjust them in your settings menu:
So, remember, if you don't use it, don’t have it switched on. And then you've a chance of having battery life closer to the good old days of non-smartphones!