Smartphones are miraculous devices – powerful, pocket-size computers that have reshaped modern life so completely it's hard to imagine a time when you unfurled a paper map, popped a CD into the car stereo, or wondered what a friend's new baby might look like (spoiler alert: like a baby). There's a price, though, for all that personal digital empowerment: actual power, sucked from your phone's battery by new apps and features, at a rate that seems to outpace the device-makers' ability to build more energy-dense batteries.
There is a relatively simple solution to energy hemorrhage. You can familiarize yourself with what's arguably the most-used gadget in your life, and plug the leaks by toggling settings, getting new apps, and knowing what's going on now on your phone. Here are ten tips to help eke more electrons out of your smartphone.
Get an App
If you have an aversion to settings screens and switches, or simply want to monitor battery usage and health, download a battery management app. There are tons of these available, but Juice Defender and Battery Widget Reborn are excellent Android apps, which either automate battery-saving behaviors or simply load you up with relevant data, such as exactly how many hours and minutes your battery has left, and how long it will take the charge to full. iOS battery apps tend to be info-only – Battery Doctor will tell you exactly how many extra minutes you'll get from turning off GPS, but iOS prevents developers from making those changes directly.
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