Smartphone Buying Guide 2014: How To Improve Your Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphone Buying Guide 2014: How To Improve Your Smartphone Battery Life


No matter the amount of amazing features inside your smartphone, it’s all worth nothing if you’re constantly running out of battery power. We’ve put together a few simple tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your phone’s battery, and included some charging solutions for even the most power-hungry users.

Welcome to Gizmodo’s 2014 Smartphone Buying Guide! For the next month, we’ll be giving you the best tips on which smartphones you should buy, when you should buy it and how to take the best care of your new baby once you bring it home! If you’ve got questions, let us know in the comments and we’ll answer whatever you need!

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Turn Down Your Screen Brightness




Disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth




Use Your Phone’s Built-in Power Saving Features




Buy A Spare Battery




Buy A Spare Charger (or bring yours from home)


an extra wall wart and USB cable

Invest In An External Battery Pack




Install A Battery-Saving App


most recent Android phonesQualcomm’s BatteryGuru

For iPhones and iOS, the situation is a little murkier, with less under-the-hood adjustment available to apps. Still, apps like Philips’ BatterySense give some useful tips on maxing out your phone’s life.

JuiceDefender is worth trying for Android. It runs in the background to help your phone stay battery-efficient. For example, you can set it to disable Wi-Fi after one minute if it hasn’t yet connected to a nearby network. It’s extremely easy to set up and use, and you can grab it from the Market for free. However, some of the features (like the Wi-Fi ones) are only available in the $4.99 JuiceDefender Ultimate upgrade.
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Buy A Battery Case


iPhonean external battery pack

Set A Reminder




Take Care Of Your Phone’s Battery


take care of your phone’s battery

Battery image via Shutterstock