What’s draining your juice? Just because you haven’t used that app in a while doesn’t mean it isn’t still depleting your battery.
Learn what you can do to save battery life. For starters, follow these quick tips:
- Charge your battery regularly and completely.
- Reduce screen and data use.
- Close apps and features when you're not using them.
If you need help with completing a step on your device, visit the Devices page, select your device, and find the steps.
Turn down the screen brightness, which is typically the number-one battery drain.
Tap the Power key to turn off the display when you're done using it.
- Apps and widgets
Uninstall any apps you aren't using. Apps and widgets can run in the background and use a considerable amount of battery, even when you don't have them open.
- Turn off automatic syncing to your email or social media feeds.
Change the app store settings on your device to reduce how often apps update.
Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS (location services), and Mobile Hotspot whenever you're not using them. When turned on, they look for connections and drain the battery.
- Turn off background data.
Use Wi-Fi when available, because Wi-Fi uses less battery then an LTE connection.
Notifications and alerts are useful, but can also be a large battery drain. Every time your device vibrates, lights up, or makes a sound, it uses the battery.
Turn off unnecessary notifications (and enjoy the peace and quiet).
- Power saver mode
Turn on power saver mode, if your device has this feature.
- For best results, connect the charger to a wall outlet, rather than a computer.
- Use the charging cable that came with the device, or use one from the device manufacturer. Some third-party cables may charge slowly or not at all.
- Charge the device at least four hours, and until the battery is full. (The charging indicator is an approximation, so it show a little higher or lower than teh actual charge.)
- Leave it plugged in at home or work
Devices have lithium-based batteries. That means leaving them on chargers (even when fully charged) doesn't hurt the battery.
Use any outlets when at home or at work for a while.
Check the charging port:
Make sure there's no dust, lint, or debris in the charging port.
- Remove your device case if it has a lip near the charging port, to be sure the cable fully plugs in.
Check your battery usage in your device settings to see what features, services, or apps you can adjust to increase battery life. If you need help, visit the Devices page, select your device, and find the steps on the Battery page.
Check for updates to your device software.
Manufacturers are constantly improving the way devices perform, and release software updates to improve operates via software updates.