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 Fancy Wallpaper and Parallax
The home screen of a smartphone can be a place of subtle, animated beauty, as active wallpapers flow moving imagery behind app icons, or the icons themselves move, shifting slightly as you pivot an iPhone, creating a 3D-like parallax effect that make them appear to hover above the screen. They're swell tricks that nibble away at battery life. You won't notice a huge bump from choosing a non-active wallpaper, and/or switching off parallax, but battery discipline doesn't get much more painless than this.
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