5 Things You Didn’t Realize Were Draining Your Battery Life

February 14, 2017

Most people already know about battery life killers like frequent use of GPS, game apps, or keeping your screen brightness at 100%. But there may be a few things you didn’t realize were having a negative impact your phone’s battery. Here’s a look at 5 little-known things that drain your battery life:


Whether you’re browsing the web or crushing candy, your smartphone is constantly burning through power downloading flashy images and videos from mobile ads. All that eye-catching animation takes a toll on your battery power (and your sanity) but thankfully there’s an easy solution: install an ad blocker. The Wirecutter recently ran a test on the effects of an ad blocker by running a 2-hour automated Wi-Fi web-browsing session in Safari on an iPhone 6S with and without the 1Blocker ad blocker installed. The results were pretty astonishing: without the ad blocker, the test used 18% of the iPhone’s battery but with the ad blocker it used only 9%! Besides potentially doubling your phone’s battery life, ad blockers significantly improve your web browsing experience, getting rid of those disruptive, in-your-face ads. What’s not to love?

Background App Refresh

Background App Refresh allows your apps to check for new information (eg. new content or updates) in the background. As an example, a mobile app can check and download updates so new content is ready for your viewing when you launch the app. The feature can be extremely helpful and even increase your energy when left “on” for your most frequently used apps. It’s when you turn Background App Refresh on for ALL your apps that can be problematic. The solution is to disable the Background App Refresh feature for any app you don’t use frequently or don’t need to stay refreshed with current information.

Wallpaper Brightness

Newer Samsung and LG smartphones come equipped with OLED screens, which is short for Organic Light Emitting Diode technology. OLED phones rely on individual diodes to light up your screen; the brighter the color, the more power it drains. In 2014, BBC scie