Smart phones are modern-day miracles. It makes you wonder if people from the past ever thought we would be walking around with wallet-sized computers in our back pockets that essentially managed every aspect of our lives. These tiny devices are constantly working hard to keep up with our emails, social media, texts, phone calls, calendars, reminders, alarms, reservations, weather, music, news, and even health. Over time, the batteries that keep all of these components running will slow down. That’s to be expected. But, there are a number of things you can preemptively employ to preserve your battery capacity and keep it healthy for as long as possible.

Once you get the day-to-day management of your battery capacity down to a science, you’ll notice just how much farther your juice can go. For tips on how to expand the overall lifespan of your battery as well, check out our other blog post on extending the battery life.

Here are some tips to get the most out of your cell phone battery and keep it powering up the computer in your back pocket. Save yourself a trip to the cell phone repair shop for a failing battery and keep it alive and well as long as possible!

1. Charge your phone whenever you can, as much as you can.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not dangerous or harmful to your battery to have your phone on the charger often or when it is already fully charged. Lithium-ion batteries actually last longer when they are charging little by little rather than a full charge all at once. These batteries have become so smart that they know when they are fully charged and communicate that with the charger in order to only replace battery capacity as it is used. It’s much healthier for the lifespan of the battery to keep it plugged in or charge it a bit here and there than to drain it fully and reload.

2. Keep it away from heat.

Perhaps the biggest threat to the life of a lithium-ion battery (the battery used in almost all modern cell phone models) is high heat. A battery degrades rapidly when exposed to high heat. On its official website, Apple says that the ideal temperature range for an iPhone is between 62˚ and 72˚ F. Even more dangerous than leaving your phone in the heat for extended periods of time is charging it in the heat.

On the other hand, extremely cold temperatures don’t do much to help the battery capacity, either. You may notice a minimization of battery life if you are in a cold environment, but unlike heat, this is a temporary change. Once the phone (and battery inside it) is returned to a normal temperature zone, performance will go back to normal.

3. Use setting optimization to your advantage.

Many smart phones, including iPhones, have settings you can optimize in order to increase the capacity of your battery on each full charge. One feature that iPhones offer is known as Auto-brightness.  This will automatically adjust the backlight of the screen based on the ambient environment. It will be brightest out in the light and at its dimmest in the dark, making it both easy on the eyes and the battery. If you notice that the backlight is unnecessarily bright, you can also manually slide the brightness down.

Be smart with your battery and it will thank you.

The easiest way to avoid a quickly depleting battery is to use it smartly and to be efficient with the utility your phone offers you.

If you do run into an issue where your battery capacity is not performing as it should, have no fear. For those of you located in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Marietta, or Canton, Georgia, the experts at Computers R Us can diagnose the issue quickly and replace the battery if necessary. Check out the phone repair services offered for more information.