Smartphones and tablets are an increasingly essential part to staying connected in our personal and professional lives. However, many mobile device users have experienced the frustration of going out only to find their battery is already in the red. Understanding how to extend battery life means less time bound to a charger, and more time on the go. Additionally, a well-cared for battery will have a longer overall lifespan, saving you money and inconvenience long term. Try these six tips to get more out of your battery so your mobile device never holds you back.

Adjust display settings:  Dimming your screen is a simple and easy way to save battery power. If you frequently alternate between being indoors and out, most mobile devices have a setting to automatically adjust screen brightness based on the nearby lighting conditions. This way, you’ll have a comfortable viewing experience no matter your surroundings.

Avoid extreme temperatures: Batteries function best at room temperature, and any increase or decrease changes its performance and longevity. Apple suggests you avoid exposing your device to temperatures outside of the 32-95 degree F range. Temperature toward either extreme will hurt battery life, and could kill your battery altogether. Help prevent overheating by giving your device some temporary breathing room - take it out of your pocket or its case, or put it on a stand or by an air conditioner.

Charge responsibly: The charging process of mobile devices is remarkably energy- and cost-efficient, but continuing to charge these devices after they are full shortens battery life, raises battery temperature and wastes electricity.

Close your apps: You may have closed the window to your apps, but they are still running and draining your battery. Be sure to turn off all of your running apps, or use an app like JuiceDefender to do it for you.

Minimize location services: GPS use on mobile devices demands significant battery power and can drastically shorten battery life. So unless you’re looking for directions or checking in, be sure to shut off your location services feature.

Use Wi-Fi when available: Staying connected is a key component to a smartphone or tablet. Wi-Fi consumes less power than mobile network data, which will not only save your mobile data but your battery life for when it’s needed. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, be sure to turn the feature off, as your phone will waste energy searching for networks.

Lastly, when you’re done charging, don’t forget to unplug your charger to save costs associated with vampire energy.

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