Turn on Low Power Mode
If you have updated your iPhone to the iOS 9 or 10 software, you’ll be able to activate a Low Power Mode on the settings tab.
Apple claims that this helps you to gain three extra hours of battery life from your phone.
The energy-saving mode is offered to you automatically when you hit 20 per cent remaining power, which turns the battery indicator from green to orange if activated.
However, you can turn it on before your phone reaches 20 per cent by going to Settings > Battery and turn on Low Power Mode.
Android users also have a power saving mode which can be activated via the battery screen in the Settings app, or by pulling down the notification shade from the top of your screen, pulling it down again to access quick settings, tapping the gear icon to open the Settings screen, and tapping “Battery.”
Turn down your brightness
If you reduce your phone’s brightness, you are able to get another few hours out of your phone.
To activate on your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and drag the brightness slider as far left as you can.
You should also head to Settings and then access Display & Brightness and make sure Auto-Brightness is turned off.
This stops your phone turning up the brightness whenever it deems necessary.
Android users can pull the top of the home screen down and then adjust the brightness on the slider.
Reduce your Auto-Lock time
The longer your screen is on, the more power you are consuming.
Set your Auto-Lock to as low as 30 seconds to ensure your device sleeps as quickly as possible after inactivity.
To do this on the iPhone, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock (in iOS 10 it’s found in Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock).
Android users can do this by going to Settings > Timeout (depending on which version you have it could also be Screen Timeout), and adjust the timeframe.
Activating the Airplane Mode can be the best way to get the most out of your phone during the day.
Your mobile will drain quickly during the day thanks to the antenna constantly searching for Wi-Fi networks and nearby cellular signal.
If you don’t need to access the internet or receive calls and text, put your phone in flight mode and it will stop all internet and cellular connection.
IPhone users can turn it on easily by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the airplane icon, or tap Settings and set Airplane Mode to On.
If you are on Android swipe down from the top of your screen to open your device’s notification panel, swipe down again if you don’t see it the first time, and then select Airplane mode.
Alternatively head to Settings > More > Airplane Mode.
Disable background app refresh
Typically apps will periodically refresh their data so when you open them up again you’ll see new updates immediately.
Most of the time this can waste important battery juice as apps are being updated that you don’t require or care about.
To turn the feature off on iPhone, head to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, and you can stop all the apps updating altogether, or individually select the ones you require.
Turn off Siri
Siri can be good for helping Apple users out with online searches and information.
But the feature can be drain on the battery, particularly with the “Hey Siri” feature, which listens out for the phrase “Hey Siri” and gets ready for any commands.
A lot of the time, apps that are open are a big cause of the battery bar shooting down.
Some apps utilize location services, even though it may not be obvious why they need to know where you are.
To turn off the feature, tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services and select the apps you don’t need to have the privilege, or deselect the entire lot.
Turn off I Cloud
If iPhone users want to make your battery last longer, try to avoid constantly syncing to the iCloud.
ICloud uses a large amount of data so you can save battery life by turning off unused features.
To do so, select Settings > iCloud and turn off everything you don’t really use.
Turn off Wi-Fi
Unless you really need your Wi-Fi, for example if you’re Face Timing, you don’t need it on as it’s actually a secret battery drainer.
Even when you don’t want to connect to a network, your Wi-Fi is constantly searching for one, so remember to turn it off.
Stop your phone vibrating
This one sounds strange, how does your phone vibrating make a difference to your battery?
But it actually does, when you have your phone buzzing away after every message it impacts your battery life so turn it off.