Game On: Mobile battery power savings tips

Augmented reality has transformed every-day gaming into immersive game-play, and with it comes the need to have a fully charged battery for hours of uninterrupted gaming on the go. Here are some tips to getting more out of your battery. 

1. Reduce your screen’s brightness

According to Wired, dimming your display by 50% can give you an estimated two hours of extra battery life? While it may make your screen a little harder to see, the trade-off is huge if you don’t have any other way to charge your phone.

2. Download maps directly from Google

Most augmented reality (AR) games use maps to incorporate the real-world environment into your game. Downloading the desired location directly from Google or using it offline can reduce the amount of data used and should also help to save battery life.

3. Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi

Smartphones such as iPhones consume energy whenever they search for a signal. Most phones will keep on scanning for a good connection if you are in a poor reception area. By turning off your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth when it’s not needed you can minimise battery usage. 

3. Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi

Smartphones such as iPhones consume energy whenever they search for a signal. Most phones will keep on scanning for a good connection if you are in a poor reception area. By turning off your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth when it’s not needed you can minimise battery usage. 

4. Use your game settings defaults and disable your camera

Did you know that you can turn off your camera option in augmented reality games and leave the game on default background? By defaulting to your game background you should be able to conserve your battery life.

5. Disable background apps

One of the quickest ways to boost the gameplay on your phone and conserve battery life is to disable any apps that you don’t need during the game duration. Multiple applications use higher processing power and deplete battery reserves quickly.

6. Turn off push notifications.

One of the silent battery killers is in automatic (otherwise known as “push” notifications) that are associated with your favourite applications. Push notifications from messaging apps can drain your battery really fast. To combat this, go to your phone settings and turn phone notifications to “manual” rather than push. 

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7. Use power saving modes

Most phones have a power-saving mode that manages battery-saving features for you. These power-saving modes prevent your applications from updating automatically in the background. They also work to reduce the screen time-out settings and disable on-screen animations. Go to your phone settings and make sure you have all power saving modes set to on.

8. Turn your volume down

Another quick way to save battery power is to lower your volume down or turn it to down to zero. Devices that produce sound also use their battery to run volume controls, so adjusting sound levels on your device can impact on battery life. 

9. Disable Vibration

Aside from your phone’s sound controls, turning off or limiting your vibration feature can save a lot of battery life too. Limit your vibration to important applications only, or disable them completely during game play.

10. Charge your battery correctly

To keep your battery lasting longer, Business Insider recommends that you make sure that you are charging it correctly. Avoid keeping it plugged in when it is already charged to 100% as it can wear down its components. By making sure you are keeping your battery cool, plugging it in whenever you can and using a power bank you should get hours and hours of great game time.

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