There’s no doubt that the general public is more reliant on mobile phones than ever before. By 2020, the number of mobile phone users worldwide is predicted to reach 4.78 billion. We use our phones for work and for fun, doing everything from shopping and dating to navigating the roads and finding new jobs. It’s no wonder that 77% of U.S. adults now own a smartphone, an increase of 42% since 2011.
But when you rely on a mobile device that much, it’s only a matter of time before you start to drain your battery. That’s a scary thought for a lot of us. In fact, one study conducted by LG found that 90% of people suffer from low battery anxiety — the fear that our phones might die on us. Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. You just need to know what to do to preserve your battery until you can charge it properly.
Firstly, you’ll need to look at your own habits. If your screen brightness is normally at full capacity, your battery won’t keep its charge for nearly as long as you need it to. Lowering your phone screen’s brightness level can make a huge difference in how long your battery lasts. iPhone 4 users found that decreasing display brightness settings could increase battery life for anywhere from two to three hours, as compared to when they kept this setting as bright as possible.
You should also take a closer look at the way you’re using your apps. Certain apps, especially ones that use a lot of graphics or audio features, are known to drain phone batteries more quickly. Refrain from using these apps when you’re out without a charger and remember to force quit them. Otherwise, they’ll continue to run in the background.
If you’re really in a bind, you may consider turning on airplane mode or enabling your phone’s low battery mode. This will automatically take care of dimming your screen and disabling those background activities so that you don’t have to manually adjust every setting.
But if you want to avoid this scenario altogether, you should invest in a portable phone charger or a case that offers charging abilities. A survey conducted by Veloxity found that 78% of people carry no backup charging method for their devices, yet people in most major U.S. cities charge their phones more than once per day. You can save yourself a lot of trouble and stress by preparing for the inevitable ahead of time.