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 Push E-mail (and Other Notifications)
For some people, every e-mail is a potential emergency, and should arrive on your phone with as many jingles, vibrations, and other notifications as possible. For everyone else, cut your battery some slack, and turn of push notifications, starting with e-mail.
Push data provides immediate indications that someone has sent you an e-mail, posted on your Facebook, or tweeted a mention of you. But your phone only knows that if it's constantly, neurotically checking for new data. Turn off as many notifications as possible – under Settings, then Device, then Apps on Android, or Settings and Notifications on iOS.
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