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3 easy ways to extend your phone’s battery between charges

No matter how long your phone’s battery lasts between charges, odds are it’s not long enough. Conserving your phone’s power with these three easy-to-follow tips from The New York Times can give you hours of additional time between charges and may help you avoid your phone running out of juice when you need it most.

  1. Use auto-brightness. Your phone’s screen lighting is the biggest draw on battery power. If you manage your phone’s brightness manually, you could be wasting battery power. Testing done by The New York Times shows that using the auto-brightness feature on your iPhone will save up to 50 percent of your battery life. For Android users, it saves 30 percent.
  2. Block ads. When you browse the web on your phone without blocking ads, your phone burns up additional battery power in downloading ad content. Blocking ads can save you another 8-9%. iPhone users can block ads with the free app, 1Blocker. Android users have the Ghostery Privacy Browser, which not only blocks ads, but also tracking scripts and other threats to your privacy. Note that Ghostery does collect data about your use of the app, but provides settings for you to opt out.
  3. Play downloaded media rather than streaming. Streaming media uses more power than playing downloaded music because it relies on using your network connection. Download once while connected to power, then listen or watch as often as you like. Streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify allow you to listen off-line, downloading music to your phone. NetFlix allows you to download video for offline viewing. Listening to downloaded rather than streamed music can save you 5 percent of your battery life.

These three tips can save you 50-64 percent of your phone’s battery life. To learn more about what does and doesn’t work to extend your phone’s battery life, read Brian X. Chen’s full article here. Notice: The New York Times site requires a subscription, but allows limited article views each month.