cellphoneWhether you use an iPhone, Android or tablet: some tips are universal. Follow this advice, and your battery will thank you. Here’s what you need to know to get more out of your device, regardless of who made it:

1: Economize. Turn off your Wi-Fi when not in use. Wi-Fi consumes a lot of power because it’s always looking for a signal. Turn off 4G LTE if you happen to be somewhere without a strong signal. Close apps when you are done so they don’t run in the background. Set your email to get new messages every 15 minutes (or even longer) rather than as soon as they arrive on the server. Whenever possible, put your device to sleep.

2: Do you really need notifications? Sure, you want to know breaking news as soon as it happens or keep up with Facebook comments the instant they are posted to your wall, but these notifications require power. Turn them off and disable location-based services when not in use to conserve energy.

3: Optimize your settings to save on power. Change the display settings on your phone so that your screen timeout kicks in a bit faster. Turn Bluetooth off when not in use so your device isn’t trying to pair with devices that aren’t there. Turn off your GPS options.

4: For best charging, use the approved wall charger for your device. But if you can’t be wired to a power outlet, you can still charge your smartphone or tablet battery with an accessory such as the mophie® powerstation™ or a mophie pack case.

5: Give your battery proper care. Keep the contacts where your battery plugs into your device clean. Don’t let your device get hotter than about 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Limit your usage outside in colder weather, too. For additional reassurance or to give your hot battery a break, you might consider carrying a spare that you can pop in when you’re caught in the red.

6: Do some digging. Look for apps like iOptimizer or Battery Graph that help you monitor your battery use.

7: Don’t turn your device off. Your phone or tablet uses more battery life powering back up than it would sitting in sleep mode. When at home, power cycle the device every 48 hours by turning it off, waiting 15 to 30 seconds, then turning it back on. A power cycle will reboot the device and turn off any apps that could still be running in the background and draining the battery.

8: Charge but don’t overcharge. For optimum performance, “reboot” your battery whenever you can by waiting to charge until the battery is down to about 10 percent. Then, fill ’er up to 100 percent. Try to avoid overcharging it except for newer devices, which is recommended.

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