On the one hand, it is common to find a way to optimize its performance on a day-to-day basis, avoiding uses and processes that contribute to it running out more easily (as we saw in our article on cleaner apps ). And, on the other hand, an attempt is made to lengthen the life cycle of the battery by postponing the need to purchase a new one.

In this article we will see 5 tips that can help us in the second of these cases, when we want the mobile battery to work at 100% for longer.

To take care of the mobile battery

1.- Use only official cables and chargers for the brand of your device

At home, in the office, with friends, it is common for each of us to have a different brand and model of mobile. Since the European Union approved a standard for the microUSB port in 2009, we have shared cables and chargers between brands and models without questioning their convenience.

From the main manufacturers they recommend that we use only official components of the brand. In this way they warn us that by using unapproved cables and chargers we can generate battery failures, cause it to not charge properly or even damage the terminal.

Each charger has been designed for the requirements of the specific mobile model they accompany. Therefore, when using a different cable or charger, the physical connector or the amperage may not meet these requirements and may cause a malfunction of the battery and the device.

2.- Charge the battery before using the mobile for the first time

Most manufacturers recommend charging the mobile battery before using it for the first time or if we have not used it for a long time.

Most of the latest generation devices have Lithium Ion batteries. These allow a better performance of the phone for a longer time. As they do not have a memory effect, this type of battery can be charged at any time, without having to wait for it to be fully discharged. Furthermore, some manufacturers, such as Samsung, recommend charging the battery before it is completely discharged and removing it from the charger once it has reached 100%.

3.- Avoid extreme temperatures

To ensure the correct operation of both the device and the battery, the manufacturers advise that we avoid high temperatures.

The recommended range would be between 16º and 22º, always avoiding exceeding 35º. Heat can damage the battery, whether it is affected during charging or if it has been stored in a very hot space.

>To prevent the battery from overheating during charging, it may be advisable to remove the case before connecting to power. Especially if some kind of heating has been observed when charging.

Finally, we must bear in mind that the cold can also hinder optimal performance of the mobile battery, so we must avoid exposing it to extreme environments.

4.- How to keep it for a while

In case you are going to do without the use of your device for a while, it is important that, to take care of the battery, you keep it turned off and with a half charge. If it is stored fully charged, it may lose some of its capacity and autonomy during the time it remains off. For its part, if we store the mobile with the battery completely discharged, it can go into a state of total discharge that makes it impossible to recharge it in the future.

For all these reasons, the ideal would be to store it with a half load, in a cool and dry place.

If you are not going to use the device for a long period of time, it is advisable to monitor it every few months so that the battery does not completely discharge.

5.- Fast charge or slow charge?

State-of-the-art devices that include lithium-ion batteries combine fast and slow charging options according to the user’s needs.
On Apple ‘s own website they inform us about how the batteries of their devices have a first phase of fast charging that reaches up to 80% and the remaining 20% ​​in a second phase of slow charging. They also offer us information on how to configure the iPhone and its software to control the time that the fast charge lasts and so that the process does not exceed 80% in case the device temperature is above the recommended temperature. In this way, depending on the brand, you can extend the life of the battery.

For its part , Samsung recommends that we use fast charging at times when it is strictly necessary.

Other options to extend the battery of the mobile

Some devices have different functionalities that will allow you to extend the life of the mobile battery. We tell you some that can be useful if your device is compatible.

Lower screen resolution

The component that consumes the most energy in a mobile phone is the screen, so one option that helps save battery life is to decrease the screen resolution. To do this, you must access “Settings” of your device and click on “Display and brightness” > “Screen resolution”. If this option does not appear due to the model and brand of your smartphone, try typing it in the search engine in the “Settings” section.

There are some devices that have what is called “smart mode” which automatically lowers the resolution to save battery life. Check if your device has this feature and turn it on to lower the resolution automatically.

Reduce screen refresh rate

The refresh rate is the number of frames that the screen reproduces in one second and is represented in hertz. If our device has 60Hz, it executes 60 frames per second, so the higher the number of hertz per second of your mobile, the greater its fluidity and with it, the greater its energy consumption.

To minimize the refresh rate you must go to “Settings” > “Display and brightness” > “Advanced” and activate the “Smooth Display” tab. With this configuration your device changes hertz depending on the needs of the moment. If your phone does not have this functionality, you can go to “Settings” > “Refresh rate” or “Fluency of movements” and decrease the rate manually.