Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, but since we rely on them so heavily, oftentimes their batteries diminish before the sun even sets. There are several steps that you can take to make your battery last longer. Here are some tips to squeeze every little drop of juice out of your device's battery, even if you don't use a wireless charger.

Adjust the Screen Brightness
Battery drainage can most certainly be blamed in part on your smartphone or tablet's screen. Today's gadgets have hi-resolution screens with thousands of pixels, and it's your battery that's powering them. If you use your phone a lot or leave your screen on, your battery will diminish much more quickly. Most smartphone give you two options when it comes to screen brightness: auto-brightness or manual brightness. If you manually lower the brightness, you can save battery power.

Here's how to adjust them:

Settings>>Wallpapers & Brightness and then lower the scroll bar.

Settings>>Display >>Brightness

  Windows Phone:
Swipe left from the Start screen then tap Settings>>Brightness; uncheck automatic brightness and select "low."

Disable Automatic Downloads
Automatic downloads are another huge battery killer. If you have your smartphone set to automatically download apps, app updates or music your, battery life will certainly see a drop. These settings can be adjusted in iTunes, Google Play or Windows Phone Store.

Turn off Vibrations & Location Detection
Another tip is to turn off all vibrations on your smartphone. A vibrating phone uses more power than a ringing phone. Also, while you are at it, lower your ringtone volume.

Here's how to adjust them:



Also, turn off location detection. This can reduce battery drain because many apps rely on location, even when you aren't actively using them.

Here's how:

Settings>>Privacy>>Location Services


Limit Your Usage
Remember in the old days when you just used your phone to get ahold of people? Consider doing the same if your battery is near empty. To do this you must disable all 4G/LTE data and go as far as turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. All of these features can be disabled on your phone's settings tab. Another trick can be enabling airplane mode. This may be an extreme as it disables text messaging and phone calls. However, it will help you utilize every last drop of life your phone has left.

Also, when your battery is low, avoid listening to music, watching videos or playing games. These three tasks rely heavily on your phone's processor, thus draining the battery in the process.

 Here are some other tips that pertain to specific devices:


Disable Background App Refresh so your phone isn't pulling in data when you don't need it to. (Settings >>General>>Background App Refresh).

Set your to phone lock and go into sleep mode faster. (Settings>>General>>Auto-Lock)

Reduce motion in iOS 7. To disable: (Settings>>General>>Accessibility)

Turn off Push Updates. (Settings>>Mail>>Contacts, Calendars and Fetch New Data)


Some Android phones actually have a battery-saving mode that will do the tweaks for you to get the most out of your battery. Others have an Ultra Power Saving Mode, which inverts the screen and disables data-hogging apps. To find these, go to Settings and turn Power Saving Mode on.

Disable NFC. (Settings>>Wireless and Networks>>More)

Check out Android's built-in battery usage monitor to see which apps you are consuming the most power. You should either uninstall those apps or disable them.

Windows Phone:

Like Android, Windows Phone has a special battery conservation setting. To turn it on, go to App list>>Settings, then tap Battery Saver.

One final tip:

Many people are under the assumption that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps programs and tasks from running in the background. Believe it or not, this results in even worse battery life if you do it regularly. When you close the app you take the app out of the phone's RAM, when you open it up again, the phone will have to reload it. If you repeat the process, your phone will be using even more battery than if you would just leave it alone.

If you follow the above tips, you are sure to get more out of your battery, not just temporally, but for the long haul as well.

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