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 GPS/Location Services
Speaking of GPS, you rarely need it. Unfortunately, turning GPS off and on isn't (as of this writing) anywhere near as easy as toggling Bluetooth and Wifi. There are degrees of GPS activation and deactivation, and killing it entirely can mean diving back through the full settings menus every time you want an app to know where you are. The less annoying option is to simply limit the number of apps that require location data. Chances are, this is a much longer list than you'd expect, since many programs that have no mapping component still want to find your position, to serve you location-based ads (or to sell location data to third parties). Find that list – go to Location under Android's settings or Privacy for OS – and turn the feature off for everything that has no business finding you.
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