Phone Battery Draining? 4 Causes & How To Fix It

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A ScreenWorks repair technician working on a broken phone. Common issues include phone battery draining and cracked screen.

There’s a lot of talk within the tech industry about the plateau of smartphones.

There was once a time that each upgrade and iteration far surpassed the last. But now — as the smartphone market reaches maturity — there aren’t all that many ways for smartphones to improve (unless you consider folding your phone in half an improvement).

That said, there is one feature many smartphone users would like to see change: battery life.

Batteries degrade fairly quickly, becoming obsolete after two years of use. And battery maintenance is more trouble than it should be.

If you’re frustrated by your phone battery draining, then this article will provide you with the tips you need to keep it running all day long.

1. Modify your push email

When your email settings are set to “push”, it means that they periodically check your mailbox for new messages. Every time this happens (which is pretty much constantly), your battery drains. 

Though push mail is convenient, it’s not worth killing your battery for. Here’s how to change it:

  • On iPhone: Open the Settings app, tap Passwords & Accounts, and tap Fetch New Data. You can change your Fetch settings to automatically check for new messages, every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly, or manually when you open the Mail app). The more time between fetches, the better off your battery will be.
  • On Android: Open the Gmail app, tap Menu (three horizontal lines), tap General settings, and navigate to Sync frequency. The longer you set your sync frequency, the better it will be for your battery, with Never being the most battery-friendly option.

2. Change your app usage.

A much simpler cause for your phone battery draining is your app usage. You could either be on your phone for too long or spending too much time on high-energy apps. Games, video players, cameras, and social media all use a much higher battery level than other apps. 

On iPhone, you can cut down your usage of these apps with Screen Time. Just go to the Screen Time settings in the Settings app. There you’ll be able to see how much time you spend on each app — you can even set time limits for background apps that kill your battery too quickly. 

Android users, you can use Google’s Digital Wellbeing app released in Android Pie to help you see how your phone’s battery power is being used. Whether you use iOS or Android, it’s a good idea to see what apps may run in the background without you knowing it.

3. Adjust your connectivity.

Aside from your phone’s screen and apps, the biggest consumer of your battery is connectivity. Searching for connectivity, as well as just being connected to a network, can cause your phone battery to drain faster. 

Of course, you could keep airplane mode on 24/7, but that’s probably not workable for most of us. Instead, you can mitigate the battery cost by using WiFi wherever possible (cellular data drains your battery quickly). You can also try turning off WiFi whenever there isn’t a WiFi connection around (that way, your phone doesn’t search for something it won’t be able to find). 

4. Replace your battery

Last but not least, your battery woes might be as simple as a battery replacement. If your phone is more than two years old, this is most likely the problem.

While replacing your battery might sound like a hassle, it’s usually not. $50 and a trip to your local phone repair shop will have the problem solved in an hour. This can also boost your phone’s performance, allowing you to get another year or two out of it.

Still need help?

If you weren’t able to stop your phone battery from draining quickly with any of these four steps, or if you’re due for a battery replacement, you can reach out to our team here at ScreenWorks. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about your devices. Together, we’ll get your phone battery back to 100%!

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