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 Wifi
This is another feature that many phone users never bother to turn off, unaware that the battery is eating itself alive, as the handset listens for open Wifi connections. And just like with Bluetooth, there's no excuse – that same quick-access settings menu has a tappable Wifi icon.
Also, make sure the default state is off (the icon will go dark). After all, the halcyon days of readily available, password-unprotected Wifi are over, so you generally know when such a connection is possible. The only exception is when you're using a navigation-related app, since nearby Wifi signals, even when they're rejecting your phone's desperate plea for connection, can assist GPS in accurately pinpointing the device's current location.
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