When you travel a lot, there are higher chances for your smartphone to run down its battery and you cannot charge for another couple of hours. What can you do in these situations to squeeze the maximum possible time from your Windows Phone's battery? Here are six tips you can try to make it last a little longer.
1. Decrease the Screen's Brightness
The screen is the most power hungry component on any smartphone. Unless you really need a high level of brightness, lowering it will save a lot of power. In Windows Phone 8 you can choose to let the phone automatically adjust it, or you can manually select the brightness level you want to use.
Tap brightness in the Settings screen.
For maximum battery performance, first turn off the Automatically adjust switch. Then, select low in the Level list of options.
2. Turn Off Location services (GPS)
Another important power consumer is your phone's GPS chip. In Windows Phone 8 you'll see it named location. Unless you truly need this service, you should turn it off.
First, open location from the Settings screen.
Here you will only find one option: Location services.
Set its switch to Off.
3. Turn Off the WiFi
Your Windows Phone automatically searches for wireless networks. If it finds one, you get a notification. Every time this happens, you lose some battery power. In order to preserve it, turn off the phone's WiFi services.
To do this, open the Settings screen and tap WiFi.
Switch WiFi networking to Off.
4. Turn Off the Data Connection
If you don't need data services for the next couple of hours, disabling the use of the data connection can help you save some battery time. Your Windows Phone won't try to connect to the Internet all the time so it will need less power.
To stop the data connection, open the Settings screen and tap mobile network.
Look for the Data connection setting. Tap on it and select off.
5. Disable Background Tasks
Even if you don't actively launch an app on your Windows Phone 8 smartphone, some apps may run in the background, thus consuming battery. If you don't need them until you get the chance to recharge you phone, you can choose to stop them from running.
Open the Settings screen and flick to the right, to get to the applications screen. Here, tap background tasks.
On this screen you see a list with all the apps that can run in the background, even if they are closed. Tap the app you want to stop.
On the app's screen, tap block to stop it from running in the background.
Do this for all the apps you don't need to use until the next recharge.
6. Turn On Battery Saver
Last but not least, if you won't be needing any of the above features until you charge your smartphone, Windows Phone 8 can turn them all off at once, with one tap. Its battery saver feature acts as a turn off switch for all the things we mentioned in the previous sections.
You can set battery saver to run only when your battery is low, you can manually turn it on until your phone's next recharge or you can have it set as always on. Depending on your circumstances, any of these three options is a good choice.
To turn on the battery saver, open the Settings screen and scroll until you see its entry. Tap battery saver.
At first you are informed about what the battery saver does. Then, you will see a field named Battery Saver and a switch.
Tap the Battery Saver switch to enable this feature.
Then, scroll down a bit and tap the Advanced button, on the bottom of the screen.
On the advanced screen, you can select until when the battery saver will run.
When you need your smartphone's battery to keep on going, Windows Phone 8 can be set so that it uses the least amount of power possible. When travelling to remote areas, on vacation or otherwise, the tips and features presented in this tutorial make a huge the difference. Try them out and you will see for yourself.
If you have any other tips on conserving the battery of your Windows Phone, don't hesitate to share them in a comment.