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How To Prolong Your Battery Life

How To Prolong Your Battery Life

Short battery life of modern smartphones has long ago become a byword. Manufacturers seem to be fixated on making their devices thinner, and battery capacity is one of the first things that gets sacrificed. There are dozens of ways to improve your battery life, and while most of them won’t make dramatic changes, their effects add up, so it is always helpful to read more tips on how to save battery charge.

1. Dim the Screen

One of the primary culprits is also the most mundane one. The worst consumer of your battery charge is none other than the display of your smartphone – when set to maximum brightness, it chews through your battery at a really alarming pace without your realizing what causes it. Most phones have a function that changes display brightness depending on how strong the ambient light is, which already improves energy efficiency when compared with the always running top-brightness mode. You can further improve it by manually setting brightness at the lowest tolerable level.

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2. Shorten the Screen Timeout

In most cases, you need the screen to work for as long as you keep your phone in hands. Once you lay it down, it continues to shine in vain, eating up precious battery charge. Consider setting its timeout to a minimum, and then experiment to see which timeout is still comfortable while being shorter than you are used to.

3. Cancel Automatic Email Checks

If your phone constantly checks your mailbox for new messages, it wastes a considerable amount of energy. Do you really need these notifications that urgently, or can they wait a little bit? You may either cancel them altogether and only check for new emails manually (which is a good way to save your time as well), or set a more reasonable interval between checks, like 30 or 60 minutes. Most likely, it won’t drastically hamper your ability to react to events in time.

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4. Turn off Vibration

If you regularly turn your phone to vibro (e.g., to prevent it from blaring at a full voice during an important meeting), consider changing your habits. The reason is simple – vibration eats up much more energy compared to playing a ringtone. It may not seem like much, but if you are constantly receiving calls when set to vibro, it adds up.

5. Use Black Wallpaper

If your phone has an AMOLED display, you may noticeably improve its battery life by opting for a black wallpaper. As a matter of fact, AMOLED displays only illuminate the colored pixels, which means that the more black or dark pixels are displayed, the less energy is being used.

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6. Set a “Do not Disturb” Schedule

Most phones have a “Do not disturb” function or something similar that blocks incoming calls and turns off the Internet and Wi-Fi. In addition to eliminating a fair percentage of your daily distractions, this mode conserves battery charge, so if you have periods when you don’t or cannot use your phone anyway (at work or during sleep, for example), it may be a good idea to create a habit of using this mode.

7. Cut Down on Widgets

Look through your phone and ask yourself: do I really need this widget? And this? And this? If you don’t absolutely need a widget, better get rid of it, especially if it is always connected to the Internet (like weather widgets). If you have multiple widgets that constantly update their info, it will severely hit your battery.

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Tired of charging your phone every night or even more often? Take matters into your own hands! I hope these tips were useful for you and now you will know how to save your battery life. Good luck!

Featured photo credit: iPhone Plugged Into Laptop On Wooden Desk/ Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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