5 ways to make the battery last longer on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile

When you travel a lot, there are higher chances for your smartphone to run down its battery and you may not ble able to charge for another couple of hours. What can you do in these situations to squeeze the maximum possible time from your Windows smartphone’s battery? Here are five tips you can try to make it last a little longer , that work on smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile or Windows Phone 8.1.:

1. Decrease screen’s brightness

The screen of your smartphone is the biggest energy consumer, so unless you really need a high level of brightness, lowering it will save a lot of energy. In Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile you can choose to let the phone automatically adjust it, or you can manually select the brightness level you want to use.

In Windows Phone 8.1, first go to the Settings screen and tap brightness.

For maximum battery performance, turn off the Automatically adjust switch. Then, select low in the Level list of options.

You can do the same thing, much more simpl y, if you drag the notification bar and and set brightness to Low.

In Windows 10 Mobile, first open the Settings app and go to System -> Display.

Now, adjust the brightness level to minimum using the slider, and turn off the “ Change brightness automatically when lighting changes” option .

As in Windows Phone 8.1, you can decrease the brightness of your screen using the quick actions in the notification bar. Set it to 0% for maximum battery performance.

2. Turn off location services

Another important power consumer is your smartphone's GPS chip. You’ll see the setting in your smartphone named as location. Unless you truly need this service, you should turn it off.

In Windows Phone 8.1, go to the Settings screen and tap location.

Next, turn off Location services.

In Windows 10 Mobile, open the Settings app and go to Privacy -> Location.

Now, use the switch to turn off Location service.

You can also do this using the quick actions. Tap the Location button, until Off is displayed on it and it turns grey.

Go to the second page of this tutorial to learn more useful tips and tricks that save you battery on your smartphone with Windows.