If you own a smartphone, you know how stressful and annoying it can be when your beloved device dies on you in the middle of the day, leaving you disconnected and out of touch. Luckily, there are simple ways to stretch your device’s battery life.

1. Don’t put your phone on vibrate. Vibrating consumes power a lot faster than using a ringer. If you must have your phone on vibrate, don’t have the ringer on at the same time.

2. Dim the screen. Try and reduce brightness to half or as low as is comfortable.

3. Disable unnecessary connections. If you are not in an area with Wi-Fi, turn Wi-Fi off in your phone’s settings. Turn Bluetooth off too unless you need it. This will stop your phone from using energy to constantly look for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth signals.

4. Don’t app multitask. Quit any apps you are not using. Sure, it’s convenient to just leave apps running in the background, but do you really need to keep Angry Birds on pause when you’re not using it?

5. Disable push notifications. Many apps use these real-time notifications so you can instantly see when you have a new message, tweet, alert, etc. If you can stand waiting to manually check for new info, turn push notifications off to significantly increase your battery life.

6. Charge frequently. When you let your phone battery run out completely between charges, it shortens the life expectancy of the lithium-ion batteries in most smartphones. Plug your phone in everyday before it has the chance to die.

7. Turn off location services. The GPS functionality on many smartphones is useful, but when you need to squeeze every last bit of juice from your battery, turning location services off is one of the best quick-fixes.

8. Keep your phone battery cool. Don’t leave your phone in direct sunlight or in a car on a hot day. Staying out of the heat will help improve your battery’s long-term performance.

9. Autolock your phone. This way, you won’t waste battery power when you accidentally press a button that would start an activity or app.

10. Go easy on the graphics. Turn off any animations or flashing alerts. Also, avoid using an animated home screen wallpaper. Instead, choose a darker wallpaper– your phone screen uses more energy to display light colors.

What do you do to make your smartphone’s battery last longer? Let us know in the comments!

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