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How to save battery life on your phone or laptop

21/02/2022 - How tos

Many of us are familiar with that feeling of frustration when the battery percentage drops almost immediately after unplugging our laptop or smartphone from its charger. Thankfully, despite their flaws, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to prolong your batteries’ life to help avoid you having to purchase a new gadget.

How to measure battery quality and performance:

Not all batteries are created equal, and with different brands offering varying levels of quality, some are better than others when comparing performance and life longevity.

Next time you go and buy a new laptop or phone, make sure you check out the specs to see what type of battery the gadget contains as it will give you an idea of its strength and potential lifespan. The most common battery that you’ll find is:

Lithium ion (Li-ion)

You might be familiar with the older types that have set the ground for the development of lithium-ion batteries:

Nickel Cadmium (NiCad)

Nickel metal hydride (NiMH)

Phone/Laptop Battery not holding charge

If the battery charge notifications start to pop up on your phone or on your laptop more often , it might be an early sign of a weakened battery. Before you jump to any conclusions, it’s worth checking out the battery life and consumption to determine whether the frequent loss of battery power is due to certain apps overconsuming it.

How to check battery health on you Android 

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Battery
  3. Battery Usage

In Battery Usage, you can view the battery performance in the last 24 hours as well as which apps have been using the most power.
These are some of the apps that have been shown to drain the battery more than others: 

  1. Google
  2. Facebook
  3. Whatsapp
  4. Messenger
  5. Amazon
  6. Gmail
  7. Uber
  8. Taxi Wayz
  9. Google Chrome
  10. Youtube Music

Even when you’ve closed an app after you’ve stopped using it, the app might continue to perform other tasks in the background like searching for updates or checking your location. To ensure that the app has been closed completely, you’d need to do the following:

On Android phones 

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. 
  2. Swipe up on the app you want to close.

How to close all apps on your Android 

  1. Swipe up from the bottom, hold, and then let go.
  2. Swipe from left to right.
  3. On the left, tap Clear all

Please bear in mind that the process will slightly vary depending on the make and model of the phone and the Android operating system you have installed.

How to check battery health on your Apple iPhone

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap Battery Health

You could also view your battery usage in the last 24 hours and up to the last 10 days. Apple will normally notify you once the system identifies that your battery needs servicing.
Just like with Android phones, iPhone apps also tend to run in the background even if you have finished using them. To stop them from doing this, you can do the following:

How to close apps on iPhones with a home button

  1. Double-click the Home button to show your most recently used apps.
  2. Swipe right or left to find the app that you want to close.
  3. Swipe up on the app's preview card to close the app.

How to close apps on iPhones without a home button

  1. On the home screen of the iPhone, or while using an app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause briefly while sitll pressing the screen.
  2. Let go when the App Switcher appears.
  3. Swipe left and right through the different app previews to find the app that you want to close.
  4. Swipe upwards to close the app.

How to check battery health on Windows 10/11

  1. Right click the Start button.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell Admin
  3. Type or paste powercfg /batteryreport /output "C:\battery-report.html
  4. Press Enter

A battery report will be created and saved to your C:/ Drive.

How to check battery health on your MacBook iOS. 

  1. Hold the Option key and click the Apple menu. 
  2. Choose System Information.
  3. Select Power, under the hardware section.
  4. The current cycle count is found under the Battery Information Section.


Phone/Laptop Battery replacement

Replacing laptop or mobile phone batteries with a different one may bring some unwanted and dangerous consequences due to incompatibility. Manufacturers also tend to change the shape of the batteries they use for each gadget when they see fit, making them more “specific” and suitable for certain models.
To avoid any mini explosions, accidental leaks or even seeing your battery swell up unexpectedly, it’s best to leave the battery replacement in the hands of trustworthy repairers or the manufacturers themselves to sort out. They would also have special battery disposal or recycling processes for environmental safety.


Phone/Laptop Battery draining fast

Batteries can drain faster if you are using your phone or laptop for many hours during the day. Software programs like Photoshop, Google Maps, Youtube or any other streaming platforms will increase the burden on your battery a lot more than a Word or Excel file for example.
However, if you are closing your apps properly with the ways mentioned above, and you find your battery still unable to cope on its own without the charger longer than what it should, you might need to contact your phone/laptop insurer or the manufacturer directly and get it looked at and possibly replaced.


How to save battery life on your laptop

Don’t keep your laptop on charge after it’s been fully charged.

Avoid leaving your laptop in sleep mode for a long amount of time. 

Adjust the battery settings to save battery consumption

Keep it cool

Batteries may not be built to last forever, but keeping your phone protected at all times is definitely worth it. Check out our cover levels for mobile phone insurance

If you are ready to buy a new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, why not choose to protect it? 
If you are more of a Windows fan and you are thinking of getting a Samsung Galaxy Book instead, why not check out your insurance options? 

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