How to extend phone battery in case of power outages

There are simple things you can do to prolong your smartphone's battery life

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – With an extended winter storm warning, the risk of losing power for an extended period of time increases as well.

It’s always a good idea to fully charge your laptop, your phone and your tablets before the worst of the storm hits your area. Many of us still have time to keep our phones plugged in.

If you do lose power, and there’s no clear estimate on when your power may be restored, Verizon Wireless spokesperson Michael Murphy told 22News there are ways to make your smartphone’s battery last a little longer.

  • Dim the Screen: Persistent display at the brightest level can use up a lot of battery power. Dimming the brightness will save energy and extend your battery life.
  • Notifications: Consider enabling a ringtone notification instead of vibrate – ringtones use less energy.
  • Double Check those Apps: Managing non-essential functions when they are not in use will go a long way to extending the amount of hours in a battery. Click on your smartphone’s settings to see which apps are active, and decide what you need.

Turning down or turning off unused features, apps and functions is a simple way to help you and your phone remain unplugged and active for hours.

For more information on specific devices, click here.

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