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Help! My Phone's Almost Out of Battery!

Help! My Phone's Almost Out of Battery!

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Are you tired of constantly having to charge your smartphone throughout the day? If so, you're not alone. Many smartphone users struggle with battery life and find themselves scrambling for a charger whenever their device hits the dreaded low battery mark. But fear not! In this blog post, we'll explore some practical tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your smartphone battery, ensuring that you can go longer between charges and make the most out of your device. So, let's dive in and discover how you can maximize your smartphone's battery life! 

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Don't charge your phone overnight.

You’re probably thinking, “What? Why not?” So, we’ll tell you. It stresses the phone's battery. And when you stress the battery, it begins losing the ability to hold a charge and shortens the battery's lifespan.

When it comes to phone batteries, the best thing to do is to unplug your phone before it gets to 100% because the best charge for a lithium ion battery is about 50%. One myth about lithium ion batteries is that you should occasionally fully discharge and recharge to erase "battery memory." But it's not a good idea to charge today's cell phones this way. Partial charging is fine and better for your phone's battery life.

Don't touch your phone while it’s charging.

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Actually, you can scroll Facebook or send text messages while your phone is charging but playing games or watching movies places what’s called a “parasitic load” on your phone battery. Over long period of time this will cause your battery capacity to decline and ultimately destroy the life of your phone battery. It’s also important to note that watching movies or playing games on your phone while it’s charging generates heat and that excess heat will ruin your phone battery life even faster.

Dim your screen.

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The brighter your screen, the more it drains your battery. So, if your screen brightness is very high, consider disabling auto brightness. To dim it, under Settings click on “Display & Brightness,” then use the slider to adjust the screen brightness down a notch.

Take control of power-draining apps.

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Apps like Uber and Grubhub track your location, and if they are doing so 24/7, it will drain your battery. On your Android phone, go to Settings, click on “Location” then “Mode,” and on the next screen tap “Battery Saving Option” (or "battery saver") to turn it on. Set this way, your phone will only know its location when it’s connected to a network. On many Android phones, you can also put unused apps to sleep under battery settings.

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On your iPhone, open an app like Google Maps or Uber or Grubhub, etc., and make sure that the “Location” setting is switched to “While Using.” Look through your battery settings for other apps and that use a lot of energy and delete or disable them if possible.

Shut off Bluetooth.

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Using Bluetooth to transmit data requires an enormous amount of battery power. Enable it when necessary and shut it off as soon as you’re done using it. Go to Settings and click on “Bluetooth.”  Move the slider to the “off” position. This will help maintain the best battery life and performance.

Stop your phone from getting email so frequently.

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If you get your email on your phone, it’s important to note that the more frequently your device looks for new data, the more it drains your android device's battery too. To adjust the frequency on an Android phone, open the Settings app and click on “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, tap on the three dots icon in the right-hand corner. This will bring up “Auto Sync Data.” Click on “Ok” to disable auto syncing. On an iPhone, open Settings, then click on “Mail” and then “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, click “Fetch New Data” and then select how often your phone should check for email. The longer you go between checks, the better for the life of your phone's battery too.

Turn off notifications.

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The more frequently you receive notifications from Facebook, LinkedIn, your favorite chat group background app, etc. the faster your phone battery drains.  That’s because every time your phone goes out to the Internet and discovers a new notification, it may light up your screen, buzz, vibrate, or even play a sound. The whole business of alerting you, which can happen very frequently if you’re unaware of it, drains the battery. Simply go to your phone settings and “Notifications” and turn off those push notifications you really don’t need.

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Use location services only when you really need them.

All smartphones have built-in GPS systems. This is great when you need to get to a particular destination, find a gas station, or determine how far you are from a particular spot. But if you leave these services running all the time, they will absolutely drain your phone batteries. Just go into Notifications and turn them off. This will save battery life like crazy. When you need the notifications just turn them back on.

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Shut off your phone. Really.

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If you’re not going to be using it for a few hours, preserve your battery lifespan by turning the phone completely off.

Phone at 10% or less lithium ion battery? Airplane mode to the rescue.

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Switch it into Airplane power saving mode again. Airplane mode is a low power mode that will conserve what’s left of your lithium ion battery and, if you need to send a text or call an Uber, you can always switch airplane mode off.

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Turn on low power mode or power saving mode.

To stretch a low battery, turn on battery saver or low power mode. Doing so will help your battery last longer. Certain Android phones come with a battery saver or low power mode. To find out if your phone has one, go to your device manufacturer's support site.

Now that you know how to make your battery last longer, switch to PureTalk and save your money, too!

With PureTalk, you get the best cell phone coverage for less and the best unlimited plans – not to mention the most cost-effective, realistically priced unlimited plans for families – anywhere. You also get the best cell phone coverage in Canada and Mexico and a referral program that can save you big time on your PureTalk service. Beyond that there’s the fact that the average family of four that switches to PureTalk saves $75 a month for a total of $900 a year and, if that’s not enough to help you make the switch, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

Wow. That’s a lot. Let’s take a moment to break it all down so you can see and, we think, agree, that PureTalk really is better. In fact, it’s the best.

PureTalk has the best cell phone coverage

Just like the overpriced wireless companies, PureTalk is on the best 5G network. The difference is that we give you the same coverage at half the cost. The 5G network provides significantly greater speed and is more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. What does this mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss your favorite podcast (you won’t) or connect with your college student before he or she takes off on spring break (you will). You’ll connect, listen, read, do all the things you love to do with your smart phone – for less.

PureTalk has the best unlimited plans

With so many cellular phone businesses vying for your money, it’s difficult to tell which you can trust. The pricey services clamber, “Pick me!” with promises of low cost, unlimited data plans. But do you really need an unlimited amount of data? Will you use all of that mobile data anyway? Maybe. But if you don’t, guess what? You still have to pay for it.

Did you know that most people use only 2-5GB of data per billing cycle? That’s because you’d have to spend every waking moment, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, online to exceed that amount. The average consumer doesn’t spend that kind of extended period of time online. And that’s why the average consumer doesn’t need a $50, $60, or $70 a month unlimited cell phone plan.

At PureTalk, we don’t think you should pay for data you don’t need and aren’t going to use.

That’s why we’re proud to offer you plans starting as low as $20 a month for unlimited talk and text and 2GB of data.

Need more data one month? Simply go into your account portal and add more. When next month rolls around, if you need less data, you can go right back into your portal and reduce it. Simply log onto, click on My Account, and select Manage My Data. Make your changes, save them, and log out.

It’s that simple.

PureTalk offers the best cell phone coverage in Canada and Mexico

Think of PureTalk as your travel partner. Get the best cellphone coverage in Canada and Mexico with PureTalk International Roaming for just $10.

It’s really a great deal.

Plus, there’s no setup. No additional wireless roaming charges. And no need to run out and purchase a local SIM card. Your phone simply works when you arrive. No hassles and not a moment of disconnection.

To add International Roaming: 

Simply log in to your PureTalk account and click the “Add-Ons” tab. Then, select International Roaming as a one-time purchase. The service will be added immediately to your cellular phone package and you’re good to go.

Travel frequently to Canada or Mexico?

If you travel to Canada or Mexico frequently, add International Roaming as a recurring monthly charge. Set it up once and it’s one less thing to think about when you’re headed out of town.

PureTalk’s International Roaming means:

Constant connectivity.

No pricey roaming charges.

No additional devices to lug around.

In addition to our no contract, low cost, unlimited talk and text cell phone plans, PureTalk offers Canada- and Mexico-bound customers great value and something even more important: peace of mind.

PureTalk’s International Roaming is the best $10 you’ll ever spend. Add it with one click, and stay connected.

PureTalk has the best referral program

At PureTalk, when you refer your friends, you reward yourself.

When you join PureTalk, you’re given a unique referral link you can share with friends and family. For each friend who signs up through your unique link, you receive a $20 bill credit applied to your account, and your friend receives a $20 credit applied to their account. Best of all, there are no limits. You can refer as many friends as you want, and you will get a $20 credit for every single one of them.

Everything you need to know about the PureTalk Customer Referral Program:

1.Each customer has a unique referral link to share with friends. For each friend who signs up through your unique link, you will receive a $20 bill credit applied to your account, and your friend will receive a $20 credit applied to their account.

2. There are no limits to how many friends you can refer with PureTalk's Customer Referral Program. Refer all of your friends and get a $20 credit for every single one of them.

3. Your $20 credit will post to your account after your friend completes their second active month of service.

4. To see which of your friends you have referred to PureTalk, log in to MY ACCOUNT and click the "Referrals" tab at the top of the page. You will see all of your referrals listed in the "Referral Credits" table at the bottom of the page.

5. You can post your referral link anywhere you want. On your social media channels, your blog, in emails, etc. You can grab your unique referral link by logging in to My Account and clicking the Referrals tab.

6. There are two ways you can earn referral credits. Your friend can use your unique referral link or enter your phone number at checkout when asked if a friend referred him.

Don’t forget: Remind those you are referring to PureTalk to enter your phone number at checkout IF they’ve forgotten to sign up through your referral link.

With the PureTalk referral program you can earn as many credits as you have friends and save even more on the plan of your choice!

PureTalk saves you money

It’s true. Families of four who switch to PureTalk save $75 a month for an average of $900 a year. And even if you’re not a family of four, you’ll still save a bundle with PureTalk.

PureTalk makes it easy to give us a try

With PureTalk’s risk-free, thirty-day money back guarantee you have absolutely nothing to lose. Sign up and give us a try for one month. We know you’ll love us. But if you don’t, simply cancel your service within thirty-days and we’ll return your money. No penalties. No hassles.

See? PureTalk really is better than the pricey wireless providers

When you choose PureTalk, you’re choosing to support a company whose values align with your own. You’re choosing to support a company whose CEO is a U.S. veteran. And you’re also choosing to support American jobs: 100% of our customer service is based right here in the United States.

Plus, with PureTalk, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from our terrific selection of the latest iPhones and Androids.

Don’t wait. Pick a plan now that meets your needs, suits your lifestyle, and helps you save!

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