By Jay Edwards

If you ask most people the feature they’d like to improve most on their smartphone, majority of the answers would be a longer battery life. So, here are three ways to help your battery stay charged longer and they’re all backed by science…

1. Don’t let your phone get too hot- Heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery and drains it faster. So, don’t leave it next to a heater or let it sit out in the hot Florida sun for too long.

2. Never let the battery completely die- Lithium ion batteries decline over time, so eventually they can’t hold as much power on a single charge. Plus, they degrade faster if you always let the battery die before you charge it. So, if your phone’s about to die, you should just turn it off or at least switch to your low power mode.

3. If you won’t be using it for a while, store it half-charged- Right around 50% is good, and keep it in a cool, dry place.

According to Lifehacker, it’s only worth doing if you’re turning it off for at least a few days though. Like if you’ll be out of cell range all weekend or flying overseas where you can’t use it. If it’s only for a few hours, it’s not worth doing.


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