Surviving a power outage: How to conserve your phone battery

Surviving a power outage: How to conserve your phone battery

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - A lot of southeastern North Carolina is without power thanks to Hurricane Florence. Many may be wondering how to conserve the phone's battery during the outages.

According to USA Today, there are several things you can do to make your battery last longer as utility crews work to restore power in the area.

  1. Turn off your location services: GPS uses a lot of battery and it may not be necessary when you're waiting out a storm. You can go to your Settings > location services > location to "off."
  2. Turn off background refresh: Background apps are often refreshed constantly, even when you're not using the app. This can kill your battery quickly. To turn it off, go to Settings > Background App Refresh > then select off.
  3. Stop getting email all the time: Emails consumer battery, especially when several email accounts are pulling in messages. To change this setting, to Settings > Accounts & Passwords > Fetch New Data > then select off.
  4. Shorten screen timeout: Changing the amount of time it takes for your phone screen to timeout can really make a difference in your battery life. The shorter your screen is on, the more battery you can consume. To change that setting, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock > then choose your duration.
  5. Tweak the screen's brightness: Brightness plays a big role in your battery's lifespan. Dimming the screen is a great way to preserve usable hours on your phone. Go to Settings > Display > Brightness.

Most of these features you don't necessarily need and turning them off can help keep your phone alive longer.

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