It is a given that your battery life will degrade over time. It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone or a Google Phone. As you use your phone, the charge will last less and less as time goes on. Are there steps to take to extend your battery life? Absolutely. But when is it time to replace it rather than replacing your phone? Read on to find out.

In general for all devices, you will have some sort of way to find out battery information. It will display usage in terms of how long you have been using your phone with divisions for when it was being actively used and when it was on stand by. Toggle with these settings when possible to get the most out of your phone.

What to do?

Step 1: Know what kind of phone you have. You have got to know what you are working with. If you want to take a shot in the dark and pretend that your iPhone works just like your Samsung Note 5… I’m sure that you will fail 95 percent of the time. All devices have an about section to figure out what you are using in terms of hardware, software, serial numbers, carriers, etc. Read up on that.

Step 2: Look up steps to seeing statistics on your battery in relation to what device you have. Like mentioned before, Android devices work differently than Apple devices.

iphonesamsung-phonewindows-phoneIOS – You need to install a third-party application that can display statistics about your device’s battery.

Android – Open the dialer app and dial *#*#4636#*#*. Then hit “Battery information to see the status of your device’s battery.

Windows – Enter All settings > Battery Saver

Other devices –You have to either know your phone inside out or you google how to get to the battery statistics.

Step 3: Pull up those statistics and understand what your phone is telling you.

  • Estimated time remaining: how much more time can it last?
  • Battery Status: charging/not charging
  • Power Plug: plugged/unplugged
  • Battery Level: percentage of how much battery is left
  • Battery Scale: typically 100 in reference to maximum battery level possible
  • Battery Health: Good, bad, needs replacement.
  • Battery voltage
  • Battery Temperature: 30.2° C – temperature of battery. Sometimes, your phone will tell you that it is in too hot of a condition to function properly and is unusable until you remove it from that temperature and let it cool down.
  • Battery Technology: what your battery is made of: NiCd, NiMH, Lead Acid, Lithium Ion etc.
  • Time since boot: how much time has passed since you turned your phone on.
  • Usage: in hr:min, displays how much time you have passed actively using your device.
  • Standby: Since full charge, how long you have not used your device

There are plenty of other statistics that are not listed, the most important ones have been listed and explained for your understanding.

Step 4: Take steps to reduce battery usage or find a professional near you for a consultation. It is not necessary that your battery is at fault in some cases. If you have your device turned to high performance, do not expect it to last long. It could even be that pesky app that triggers your bluetooth settings as well as your locational services to turn on that could be draining your battery. On top of that, you haven’t touched that app since the summer 2014. Uninstall ASAP!

Step 5: If you think it is time for a change, save up and treat yourself to a new phone. Sometimes a battery replacement is cheaper so make sure to consult an expert.

Conclusion

This blog post in not phone specific as all steps can be applied to smart devices such as tablets and laptops. Being aware of what you are buying and are getting is the smartest approach to dealing with battery life. Else, approach an expert and talk about your concerns.  

Call your local Fairfax county iPhone and smartphone battery experts at Fix & Style Mobile Device Repair Center at 703-537-0629 or visit us online to submit a request and we will contact you.