It happens all the time. You’re out, away from a phone charger, and you’ve been checking your social media and searching the internet a little too much. Your phone pops up a “Low Power” notification, and you lose your mind. “What am I going to do for the next two hours before I get back to my charger?”, you think.

Even though newer generations of smartphones seem to have longer lasting batteries, it still never seems to be enough. Make the most out of your battery by using these 5 tips to extend your smartphone’s life.

1. Dim the screen brightness or use auto brightness

Extend the life of your battery dramatically by using auto-brightness — it adjusts the screen’s brightness to ambient lighting levels. For better results turn your screen’s brightness down to the lowest setting.

2. Keep the screen timeout short

This refers to the time it takes for your smartphone to go to sleep (Screen turns off). Every second counts here, so consider reducing that figure to 30 seconds
or less.

3. Turn off Wi-Fi

Turn it off when you go out the door, and turn it back on only when you plan to use a Wi-Fi network.

4. Don’t leave apps running in the background

Apps running can burn a lot of energy. By killing apps that you aren’t actually using, you can drastically reduce your CPU’s workload and cut down on its power consumption.

5. Don’t use vibrate

Did you know that vibrating uses much more power than playing a ringtone does? After all, a ringtone only has to make a tiny membrane in your phone’s speaker vibrate enough to produce sound.

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