We’re well into the long days of summer 2018 and festival season is in full swing across Ireland, with well-known events like Another Love Story, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and Ireland’s favourite Electric Picnic coming up. But there’s one question on everyone’s lips: how do I make sure my phone battery lasts?

Whether you’re looking to take a video of the headline act, locate your friends among the sea of fellow festival revellers, or find out how to get home when it’s all over, it’s always a relief to know you’ve got plenty of charge left. A growing sense of ‘battery panic’ as your charge ebbs away over the course of the day can distract from the experience. We have covered plenty of ways to curb the battery anxiety with tech you can use and featured on RTE discussing the matter before but Sony have sent over some tips for you to check out..

Sony Xperia smartphones do come equipped with built-in features that help you conserve your charge for longer but, it’s always useful to have additional tips and tricks to help conserve your battery for as long as possible:

1) Disable location-sharing services
You’re unlikely to want to use a maps app or hail a cab online if you’re on a campsite, so this is a sure-fire way to help you save battery.

2) Limit your connectivity
Turn off Bluetooth and turn on airplane mode at times when you know you and your friends are all grouped together and won’t be needing to access the internet. Perhaps turn on airplane mode when you record your favourite artists’ performance, then turn it back off when you want to post the footage and images to social media.

3) Activate STAMINA mode 
Depending on your device and Android version, you’ll have either STAMINA mode or Battery Saver. This reduces battery consumption and increases standby time. STAMINA mode disables background activities and limits your Home screen to your most important apps.

4) Update your apps before you go
New updates come with fixes and features that help keep your apps ticking along… and consuming less battery.

5) Turn off Wi-Fi
If you’re on 4G, don’t send your phone roaming for the nearest Wi-Fi connection.

6) Choose your apps wisely
You probably won’t need a takeaway app while you’re at the festival, and you might want to avoid your health and exercise apps while you’re racking up lots of steps walking between stages. Switch off data usage for the apps you won’t need.

7) Check which apps are costing you battery charge
Go into your settings, tap Battery and then Advanced to see a list of which apps are draining your battery the most. Limit your usage of these apps and your battery life will improve.

8) Lower your screen brightness
In bright sunlight, you might need your screen brightness turned all the way up, but when you’re in your tent it’s a good idea to switch it as low as you can while still being able to read comfortably.

9) Don’t be always-on
It’s tempting to keep up with the news, read your emails, check your social media and watch the latest videos from your favourite YouTube channels… but then are you really at the festival? Switch off your notifications to save battery, checking your apps when you want to rather than when you’re prompted.

 

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.

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