As a smartphone owner, you likely know the basics of prolonging your battery life. Don’t make too many calls, watch the brightness of your screen, and watch how many files you keep on your device. But, there are actually a ton of things that contribute to lessened battery life – many of which you may never give a second thought. Here are three common culprits, when it comes to a decreased smartphone battery.
Your application alerts.
Check your phone’s notifications bar, and you’ll probably see tons of updates from any and every app you currently have downloaded to your smartphone. Most apps—unless you were specifically opt-out—will send you to push notifications that often aren't necessary. And, every time you receive one of those unnecessary alerts, your smartphone battery suffers a little more. That's because each app requests that your device periodically checks for new updates. Turn off the alerts you don’t use, and watch your battery life increase.
Your Bluetooth is turned on.
If you use your phone to connect to other devices – like speakers, your car stereo, and the like – you probably have your Bluetooth turned on at all times, without even realizing it. Though you might think little of it, Bluetooth capabilities can drain your battery, because Bluetooth is an active application that requires power from your device to work. Your best bet is to keep it off until you need it.
Your apps are constantly tracking your location.
These days, many apps rely upon GPS tracking information to provide users with the best service possible. And, no, it isn’t just map-related apps that keep tabs on your whereabouts. Store apps belonging to companies like Walmart track your location so that they can show you the nearest store. Social media apps like Snapchat and Facebook gather this information to display it to your friends or unlock location-specific features. Either way, this constant data gathering will drain your battery. Go to your phone’s settings tab and turn off “location enabling” to fix the problem.
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