With the sort of technology we have now, we find no reason our fully-charged phones should run out before bedtime again. As what we’ve gathered, modern smartphones can last hundreds of hours on a single charge.
But what is this “hundreds of hours” means? Is it really that long enough until the next charge? To tell you, that sort of thing is, until you actually start using the things. Top choices on modern phones will squeeze out about 20 hours at best. So far, the more realistic estimates for battery life in popular phones are shown in the chart below.
Talk Time means number of hours you can chat on your phone on a single charge. That figure doubles as a rough estimate for “any active use,” such as texting, calling, and web browsing. But despite these inflated numbers, manufacturers still love to use unspoiled laboratory conditions only to advertise great numbers, most of which won’t match real-world use.
This is why the brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 might still be running low an hour or two before dinner. Taking those factors in consideration, we rounded up research across the web and tested both Android and iOS phones to pin down battery saving tricks that actually work. And what’s left now is our hope that this guide can be very beneficial with phones running in Android Lollipop and iOS 8.
Don’t obsessively close apps
Turn off location services / reporting
Disable notifications for most apps
Turn down sleep / auto-lock duration
Turn off auto brightness and dim the screen
Set your phone to check for new email less frequently (iOS)
Turn off Bluetooth
Remove apps you haven’t used in months
Turn off vibrations
Disable background app data for all non-essential apps
Utilize USB portable charger for emergency use and also to boost your phone’s performance
Notes: this list only cover battery saving techniques for both iOS and Android (sorry, Windows Phone). In a few cases, we’ll mark a tip as specific to either iOS or Android, but most apply on both platforms. Anyway, you can check out PortableChimp’s special offer and get the kinky-looking powerbank at a very reasonable price.