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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 July 10, 2019

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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