Today, we rely on our mobile devices more than ever, which means we drain the power much faster. We’ve probably all experienced the frustration of a dead or dying battery at some point, but it shouldn’t be a daily occurrence. Here are some steps you can take to help prolong the battery life of your smartphone or tablet.

ways to make cell phone battery last longer

1. Replace your battery

First and foremost, you should check to make sure your devices battery is not faulty. All of the power saving tips in the world won’t help a bad battery. You may need to buy a battery replacement for your smartphone or tablet if:

  • Your device only has power while charging.
  • Your device dies quickly, even after charging for the recommended time.
  • When you lay your battery on a flat surface, it spins easily (indicating a bulge)

Once you’re sure you have a functioning battery, you can move on to the next steps (if you need help accessing your phone’s battery, visit our helpful smartphone & tablet repair guide section).

2. Turn off haptic feedback

Haptic feedback is enabled on most devices by default – it’s that faint vibration you feel when you tap certain functions (like unlocking your device, for example). Those vibrations require power, thus draining your battery faster. Fortunately, you can turn this feature off in your smartphone settings on most Android devices.

3. Turn off connections when not in use

Features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC (Near Field Communication) are great, but they don’t need to be enabled all the time. Disabling these features when they’re not in use can help extend the life of your battery.

4. Reduce app refresh frequency

If you use apps that connect to the Internet like email, Facebook or Twitter, they need to refresh periodically in order to send you alerts and notifications. You probably don’t want to turn these off completely, but you can reduce the number of times these apps refresh in a day. Doing so can help conserve battery life for more important functions. The same goes for general notifications.

5. Reduce brightness

The brighter your screen is, the more power it uses. Therefore, if you want to extend battery life, you should adjust your device settings to reduce the brightness levels. You can also reduce the amount of time it takes for your screen to timeout after being inactive.

phone screen brightness kills battery

6. Use energy efficient wallpapers

Although live wallpapers look nice, they constantly use energy. In addition, if you’re using a device with an OLED screen (popular on Samsung and Motorola phones) brighter backgrounds will use more energy than darker colors.

7. Turn off Location Services

Location services are convenient when you’re trying to navigate or search for local services, but they aren’t necessary all of the time. Location services require your phone to connect to either a Wi-Fi or mobile network, triangulate your position, and send the information to Google. You can navigate to this feature in your phone settings, and use it only as needed.

We depend on our smartphones and tablets on a daily basis, and with a few simple adjustments, we can extend the life our devices. has high quality replacement screens and batteries, smartphone & tablet repair tools and step-by-step DIY repair guides to help you extend the life of your phone.

Images couresty of Martin Abegglen and Andy Rennie