I have an Android phone and it’s not uncommon for my battery to be dead by the end of the day. A few things I’ve learned include:
- Only run apps if you really need them and kill apps that you’re not using (for Android I recommend Advanced Task Killer). Limit your use of email, text messaging and web surfing. I know these are great features and I use them all the time, but not when my battery is low.
- Make sure all unneeded “radios” are turned off. This includes Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. Some phones can create their own WiFi hotspot, but that’s a battery killer so try not to use it unless you’re plugged in. Also 4G burns up batteries very quickly so turn it off unless you’re plugged in.
- Some phones support an extra capacity battery. They typically cost about $50 and they make the phone thicker and heavier but — for me — it’s worth it.
- Consider carrying an external battery such as the $50 Enercell that keep your phone running.
*Thanks to Bob Frankston for the tip on an external battery