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Tips and myths about extending your smartphone's battery life

Tips and myths about extending your smartphone's battery life
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It always happens at the worst time. You're out and about, but when you check your phone the battery is dead. And it's frustrating because you know with certainty that you charged it.

Smartphone manufacturers seem to finally be catching on. In fact, there are rumors floating around that the iPhone 7 will address this very problem. But what are we supposed to do until then?

Until phones with better batteries hit the market, there are things you can do to improve battery life, but there are also myths that are believed that aren't actually helping. Here's the biggest one.

Top myth: Screen brightness

You've probably heard that adjusting the brightness of your screen to the lowest setting is the best way to save battery power. And although it's true that reducing the brightness can help, it's not the best solution. What's better is to use your phone's "Auto-brightness" feature.

To do this, go into your phone's "Settings" menu, then click, "Display & Brightness". After that, tap "Auto Brightness" so that it's on.

Battery Life 2

Just like the Auto Flash on your camera, Auto Brightness makes your phone display adjust to different lighting conditions. This means that the next time it's dark outside you won't be tempted to crank the brightness up. And this gradual, controlled change actually saves battery life.

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