10 tips to save your phone battery at a festival

The festival season is upon us and with Pride tomorrow, LatinVillage in a few weekends and many more festivals on the schedule, we are demanding a lot from our smartphones. Especially when the sun is shining, because then we also increase the brightness of the screen considerably. Hopefully, your phone will keep your festival full with these tips.

1 Close your apps

A lot of people have a whole army of apps open on their phone without knowing it. At least, you think they have disappeared by opening another app, but secretly your entire device is still juggling ten apps. You can quickly check this on most devices by swiping up. Cross out all apps (and check, for example, whether you have all tabs open in your browser) and your phone and battery will thank you.

2 Optimize your smartphone

Many phones have the ability to check for you if there are many processes running in the background that are actually not needed. By optimizing your phone, your smartphone requires less from your battery. Especially because those are processes that you don’t even notice, so you probably won’t really miss them.

3 Turn your screen brightness down

It is not ideal in all cases: where a screen in the cinema at the lowest brightness level often still produces a large amount of light, the lowest position makes your smartphone unreadable in the sun. At a festival (where you often go in good weather) it is not very easy to turn down your phone brightness, because the sun is so present. Try to do it as much as possible, though, and limit your phone use to tents and Dixies.

4 Use a battery saver mode

It means something different on every phone: the battery saver mode. However, in most cases it makes sense and you don’t have to miss much. Check how the battery saver mode works on your phone, but try to turn it on as much as possible.

5 Put your phone on airplane mode

Are you enjoying a concert or are you sleeping in your tent? You really don’t have to have your phone on. This way you can focus on the music and the experience (or your sleep and your dreams). When you are available/awake again, turn airplane mode back on. Then your phone will start looking for a signal again and that also costs the necessary battery. An occasional airplane mode is also calmer for your brain, because yes, are there really many important messages that you would, so to speak, walk away from your concert? Precisely. A little ‘out’ is fine.

6 Use your camera for as short a time as possible

It takes a phone quite a lot of effort to show what it sees through the camera on the screen. For example, if you want to photograph or film your dancing friends, do so quickly. That is often and better for the action photo or video, but it can also help save battery enormously, instead of having to leave the video mode open for minutes, waiting for that perfect moment.

7 Clean up your phone

It doesn’t cost a phone a lot of effort, but it does take some. Keep it as minimalist as possible. Regularly delete the apps that you never use (or rarely, you can download them again anyway) and make sure that you don’t just remove them from your home screen, but really uninstall them. By extension, see if you can back up and delete your photos and if you don’t have a huge number of songs downloaded within Spotify.

8 Adjust the timeout time

If you do something on your screen and it then stays on for half an hour, you are not doing anything useful. Make sure your screen timeout time is kept to a minimum, because your battery will be drained a lot less quickly. Moreover, such a long display is of no use if your smartphone is already safe and sound in your pocket.

9 Turn off Bluetooth, location and Wi-Fi

If you’re not using it all, turn off all connectivity stuff (except your data). Of course you shouldn’t turn off your location if that’s the way you and your friends find each other when someone is lost, but otherwise a location is not necessarily necessary if you are somewhere at a festival. Network stuff keeps your phone busy all the time and here ‘less’ really is ‘more’. You only have to make sure that, for example, your security at home knows that you are away (if you do this with geofencing) and that your smartwatch no longer transmits your steps and data to your phone (which often works via Bluetooth).

10 Use a dedicated battery app

Although it is best to have as few apps as possible open for your battery, you can also choose to use an app that is specifically intended to use your battery as optimally as possible. AccuBattery is a good option, because it shows how much time you have left with your battery (and shows multiple scenarios: do you use your phone a lot, little or moderately?). Greenify is also a good one: it forces apps to sleep, leaving you more battery for an Uber ride home.

Laura Jenny

When she’s not tapping, she’s traveling around the wonderful world of entertainment or some cool place in the real world. Mario is the man of her life,…

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