Today, it’s rare for you to get a week’s use out of your handset because of the Wi-Fi and data services. Along with your phone’s big, bright display, Bluetooth, etc., it’s difficult to make use of your phone much longer than 24 hours without charging it. However, by following these simple steps, you would be able to improve its battery life significantly.
Use Auto-Brightness Feature
Your smartphone’s big, colorful screen is actually the battery’s nemesis. This is because of all the components in your handset, the display consumes the most battery life. Fortunately, this can be mitigated by using an auto-brightness feature found on your OnePlus handset. It will adjust your phone display’s brightness to suit ambient light settings. Not to mention, it will use less power compared to a phone screen running at full brightness. But if you want to get better results, just turn your display’s brightness down to the lowest setting; just make sure you can tolerate the dimness of the screen. All in all, the auto-brightness feature is the right setting to help extend your phone’s battery life dramatically, even if you do nothing else.
Keep the Display Timeout short
The Display Timeout feature determines how long your phone’s screen stays active after receiving input. You can find this under your handset’s display settings menu. If you want to get conserve battery, choose the timeout setting with the shortest available time. Keep in mind that every second counts, so choose the setting with the minimum time of 15 seconds.
Do not always enable Bluetooth
Bluetooth technology can enable a wide range of gadgets, from hands-free headphones to wireless speakers. However, keeping this turned on without using your devices can consume your phone’s battery. So, if you are not playing music wirelessly, then it’s best to switch off the Bluetooth. That way, you can extend your smartphone’s battery life.
Do not always enable Wi-Fi
Apart from the display, the handset’s Wi-Fi is a strong battery drainer. Since people in Hong Kong often use home or office Wi-Fi, they tend to forget to toggle it off when they go out the door. They will just turn it off when they are going to use data services. To make it easier to toggle off the Wi-Fi, just add the Wi-Fi widget to your home screen. That way, you can just simply swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the icon once to disable it.
Do not always use location services and GPS
Aside from Wi-Fi and mobile data, GPS is another big battery sucker. But you can manage this by revoking the app’s access to location services. Or, choose “Battery Saving” if you don’t use the GPS.
Do not install apps that drain your battery for no benefit
When installing apps, always think about what you allow them to access. Enabling your apps to work with your location, SD card, or camera might be convenient but is not always necessary. Other apps that you don’t find useful but require you to grant many permissions will just drain your battery for no benefit. So, it’s best you do not install them.
Do not leave background apps running
Multitasking is one of the most powerful features found in most OnePlus smartphones in Hong Kong. This allows you to run multiple apps at one time. To enable multitasking mode, just tap the multitasking button found at the bottom right of the screen. Keep in mind that this uses up a lot of energy as each app you open takes up your handset’s processor cycles.
There’s a solution to this though – just keep your apps up-to-date to eliminate bugs that increase your phone’s CPU workload. Also, with your phone’s built-in battery monitor, you will be able to determine exactly how much energy each app is using. This will help you spot the apps that consume too much power. If ever you find one, just uninstall it.
Avoid using vibrate
Some people prefer to have their phone alert them to incoming calls by vibrating instead of playing a ringtone. However, a phone’s vibrate setting uses more power compared to playing a ringtone. this is because the vibration motor inside the handset rotates a small weight that causes your smartphone to shake. This process uses a lot of power. So, if you don’t want to be distracted audibly, just toggle off all the notifications and have the phone near your view so you can see when you receive an incoming call.
Disable unimportant notifications
Essential notifications like new text messages or missed calls should always be enabled. But other than that, you can just toggle them off to help extend your phone’s battery life. Also, disabling superfluous notifications can help you get rid of pointless distractions while you’re working.