Whether you have an iPad, an Android tablet, or even a Windows 10 tablet, battery life is very important. After all, trying to use a tablet when it’s plugged in is cumbersome at best, and downright impossible for many of us. Your battery is the life blood of your tablet. So it makes sense that you will want to keep the battery running for as long as possible.
While I have talked about this before, times have changed, and you have to change with it. Today we will look at 8 tips to improve the battery life of your tablet so your tablet will last you as long as possible before you are forced to plug it in. These tips will work for both Android tablets and iPads, although the method you go about adjusting them will be different.Are you ready?
1. Turn down the brightness.
The display of your tablet is no doubt beautiful, filled with bright, rich colors and an impressive resolution to make everything clear and crisp. But, your display is also the single largest enemy of battery life. The power required to light up these screens will do more to reduce your battery life than anything else. I’m the first one to turn up the brightness on my tablet, but if you really want to save your battery life, then all you need to do is turn down your brightness. You will be amazed how much more battery power you will get simply by turning down the brightness, even a little bit.
2. Disable notifications.
Ah notifications. I love them and despise them with all my being. In some cases, I think they give me useful information that I can check without having to actually open the apps. But at the same time, they can drive me crazy. I’m sure you feel the same. Did you know that notifications can impact your battery life? In order to receive a notification, the app has to be active and checking in, once it does, it notifies you. All of this takes precious battery life away from you, even when you’re not using your tablet. I recommend disabling any notifications you don’t really need. For example, do you really need to get a notification from your favorite game that you haven’t logged in today? I think not. Get rid of any unnecessary notifications and you will be able to play that game longer before plugging your tablet in.
3. Close unneeded apps.
Apps running in the background are designed to take very little power and resources from your tablet. It’s really an ingenius design, when you think about it. In the past, everything you had running would take away precious resources, including your battery power, and at often alarming rate. Now, you can leave things running without much of an impact. But notice I didn’t say no impact. Apps running in the background won’t take too much power, but they will use your battery, even if it’s just a little bit. To get every ounce of energy out of your tablet, close apps that you aren’t using.
4. Turn off background app sync and automatic updates.
Don’t get me wrong, I love background app sync and automatic updates. In fact, I use both of them every day. But I realize that my battery is going to take a hit. If you need every bit of juice out of your tablet battery, then I suggest you disable automatic updates and background app sync. You can do this for everything or on a per app basis, at least when it comes to the background app sync, that is. If you do it per app, you can customize what apps run in the background and are up to date and which ones aren’t really that important. In the end, you will find by disabling these features, your battery will last much longer. Just remember to go in from time to time and update your apps manually.
5. Reduce the screen time out.
Your screen time out is the amount of time it takes your tablet to go from the on position displaying the home screen to off. Once it’s off, you have to log back in or, at the very least, unlock the screen with a swipe. The time out counter doesn’t start until the tablet has been inactive, so why leave it running for long periods of time if you aren’t using it? Reduce the screen time out on your device to darken that battery draining display even faster. While the impact will be small, when you’re on a mission to get more battery life, every little bit helps.
6. Disable unwanted connections.
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE, all of these are great connectivity options available on modern tablets. But, did you know that it takes battery power for each one of these? Each one of these connectivity protocols have corresponding hardware inside your tablet. When you turn them on, it enables the hardware and provides them power. On top of that, many of these connections will actively search for ways to connect devices and services. This will drain your battery life and, if you ask me, is one of the biggest sources of battery drain after your brightness. If you don’t have anything connected via Bluetooth, for example, why not shut down Bluetooth completely. The same goes for all the other connection options as well. This will give you more battery power for what you want to do, not for what you may or may not use.
7. Remove Unused Apps
This one will have less of an impact over the others, but it could be a problem. If you are like me, you probably have an app or five on your tablet that you don’t really use. This takes up valuable storage space on your tablet and they may even run in the background without you knowing about it. It’s always best practice to remove apps that you don’t use. Not only will it save your battery, but it will clear up room on your device for other apps that you want and will use.
8. Practice Sound Charging Habits
Finally, we need to talk about charging habits. Charging your tablet the right way will reduce the wear and tear on your battery so it runs much better and much longer between charges. In the past, it was recommended that you completely discharge the tablet battery periodically in order to maintain good battery health. That’s no longer the case. On modern tablets, I recommend trying to keep it between 20 and 50 percent when you plug it in. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t discharge it occasionally. In the end, it is good for the battery and for the apps that measure your battery metrics. However, you will improve the overall life of your battery if you plug it in between 20 and 50 percent. One other thing: when it reaches 100 percent, don’t leave it plugged in. While batteries don’t suffer as much damage as they could in the past, it’s still a good idea to keep that battery working and you also reduce the risks of surge damage or the like from being plugged into an outlet.
Battery life is still as important today as it has ever been. By following these 8 tips, you can increase the battery life of your tablet so you can go longer between charges while also keeping your tablet battery healthy for much longer before it will need to be replaced.
Did I miss any tablet battery tips? If so, tell me about it in the comments below. I would love to hear what you have to say on the matter.