As a winter storm Jonas hits multiple states in the US there are widespread power cuts and during these times, a cell phone that is working can be a lifesaver. But during prolonged power cuts it is often difficult to keep your phone charged so the only way out is to save your cell phone battery and prolong its charge as much as possible.
Here are 15 things you can do to prolong the battery of your cell phone during prolonged power cuts during snowstorms like Jonas.
- Only make important calls from your cell phone.
- Send text messages instead of making phone calls whenever that can be done.
- It’s obvious you should not be playing games and posting live updates on Facebook and Twitter because these activities consume lots of battery power.
- Turn off whatever is not needed like the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, background apps that consume battery power unnecessarily and even location-based services if you feel that you are not going to need them.
- Turn off push notifications because they consume lots of cell phone battery.
- Turn off automatic syncing (although this will be automatically turned off when you shut down Wi-Fi and data connections).
- Some recommend that you restart your phone to kill all the unnecessary apps that you might have started unknowingly.
- Dim your screen brightness as much as possible so that you can just read the information on the screen with minimum light.
- In latest smartphones you have a “save power” mode. You can switch it on if you have it on your cell phone. The iPhone these days comes with a “Lower Power” mode that you can switch on by first going to Settings and then scrolling down to Battery. In Samsung Galaxy phones you can go to Settings, then Devise, then Battery and then select “Ultra Power Saving Mode”.
- Using the USB cable these days you can also charge cell phones from the car’s power plug or the USB outlet.
- Plug your phone back in case the power comes back because you never know when it may go out again.
- Don’t keep your cell phone plugged into the power socket when the power is coming and going because a power surge can fry your cell phone.
- If you have your laptop charged, you can also charge your cell phone with your laptop. So whenever you have power, make sure you charge your laptop completely.
- Charge your power bank if you have one because it will help you recharge your phone in case you run out off cell phone battery power during the power cut.
- If your PC UPS still has charge you can also recharge your cell phone battery from it.