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.
Turn Off Bluetooth
Bluetooth is wonderful, letting you wirelessly stream music and calls to compatible speakers (whether portable or automotive), and sync up with everything from wireless headphones to external keyboards. Bluetooth is also, unfortunately, one of the biggest power drains of all, as the phone constantly pings its surroundings to either maintain a connection, or search for new ones. And while it used be to a hassle to quickly toggle Bluetooth on and off, current versions of Android and iOS learned their lesson, requiring a single swipe (from the bottom or top of nearly any screen) to bring up a limited settings menu, and a single tap on the Bluetooth icon (the sideways Space Invaders-looking fellow) to activate or deactivate.
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