Prosser’s pro-tips: maximizing your phone’s battery life

3 tips to keep you connected

Jacob Prosser

FYPD: Commonly known as Fear of Your Phone Dying.

As college students in today’s world, we practically live on our cell phones. A recent study taken at the University of Baylor found that the average college student spends nearly 9 hours on his or her phone daily! Whether it’s communicating with others, taking pictures, or listening to music, phones have become an integral part in pretty much everything we do.

Constant use leads up to the main problem: our battery always seems to hit 0 percent much too quickly. Many times, getting through a day on one charge can be tough. As sophomore social-science major Joshua Barnett told me when asked about his phone’s battery life, “My Galaxy S5’s battery lasts just about long enough to get through classes, then I have to leave it in my room for an hour or so [to charge].” We may not have a chance to plug in and simply leave our phone charging on a busy day.

Below are some tips on getting the most out of your phone’s battery life so you, too, can make it through a day without experiencing FYPD.

1. Adjust your phone’s settings accordingly

The biggest battery hog on your smartphone is the screen. For maximum battery life, keep the brightness turned down to 50% or lower if possible. Your phone’s wireless antennas for bluetooth and 4G also drain battery life, so connect to Wi-Fi when you can and make sure bluetooth is turned off.

Our phones track our location throughout the day, which is also a battery drainer. Turning off these location services when they’re unneeded will do wonders to keep your phone alive and well (iPhone users: Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> flip switch to Off. Android users: will vary by phone, but go to Settings -> find the Location’s menu -> switch to Off).

2. Extra batteries or battery cases

Maybe you don’t want to sacrifice brightness, or you really like using your fast 4G connection speeds. Many Android devices, such as the popular Galaxy series from Samsung, have backs that snap off and allow access to the battery. Extra batteries can be purchased online through Amazon fairly cheaply. If you’re part of #TeamiPhone, you don’t have this luxury. But have no fear—there is a workaround. Cases are great for protecting your phone from damage, and some can even charge your phone at the same time. Cases with rechargeable batteries to give you that extra juice to get through a full day can be bought online through Amazon. Some range in price from $10-$50, but the most popular are Mophies. Check them out at www.mophie.com.

3. Portable power bank chargers

If you don’t like the added bulk of a case, a portable power bank may be something to look into. A power bank is essentially a large, rechargeable battery with a USB connection to plug into and charge your phone. I personally use one of these, and just ordered an even larger capacity model off of Amazon. They come in handy and make getting through the day an easily achievable task, even with moderate to heavy usage.

As you can see, you don’t have to suffer from FYPD. Use these tips wisely and show that phone battery who’s in “charge”.    

Jacob is a sophomore studying communication.