Replacing a lithium-ion battery on a phone is difficult. The reason is that many device manufacturers deliberately make it hard to access the devices’ battery. This includes both Androids and iOS phones. Since replacing the battery is difficult, it is best to treat the battery properly in the first place. When you treat the battery properly, the lifespan of the battery can be extended.
How Battery Degrades
The manufacturers say that the capacity of a battery will degrade by a fifth of its original capacity after 400 cycles of charging. Keep in mind that a cycle of charging is what it requires to recharge the battery to 100% capacity. For instance, if you charge your phone from 0% to 100%, that counts as a cycle. On the other hand, if you charge it from 50% to 100%, that counts as a half cycle.
When you slow down the battery’s charge cycles, you are extending its lifespan. The idea is that the less the battery is drained and charged, the longer it will last. Of course, the reason why you bought your phone is that you want to use it. Consequently, draining and charging the battery is inevitable. So, what can you do? Below are ways you can extend the lifespan of your battery.
Reduce Your Screen Timeout or Auto-lock
Notice when you leave your phone without using it, the screen will be turned off after a certain amount of time. Usually, it takes a minute or two before the screen is turned off. Leaving your screen on drains the battery. Although this seems simple, doing it continuously may reduce the lifespan of the battery as it drains the battery. So, try to reduce the screen timeout or auto-lock of your phone. The default is usually 2 minutes. You can reduce it to 1 minute or even 30 seconds.
Avoid Extreme Cold and Heat
Both extreme cold and heat not only strain the battery but also may shorten its lifespan as well. Leaving your phone in a car during winter or sunny day is the worst thing you can do to the battery. So, avoid them as much as possible.
Slow Charge Your Phone
Sure, fast charging is useful in certain situations. However, doing it every day will wear the battery faster. Fast charging put a strain on the battery, shortening its lifespan. This does not mean that you can’t fast charge your phone, though. You can fast charge your phone. But do it only once in a while, not every day.
If you want to extend the lifespan of your battery, slow charge your phone. You can do it overnight, so when you wake up your phone will be ready for the day. To slow charge your phone, you can use a smart plug that limits the voltage or charge your phone by connecting it to your computer.
Adjust the Screen Brightness
The brighter the screen, the more it drains the battery. This is why when you turn down the brightness your phone can stay longer. To turn down the brightness of the screen, you can use the Auto Brightness feature which adjusts the screen brightness automatically. You can set turn it down manually as well.