7 Things You Should Never Do If Your Phone Battery Is Dying

Your smartphone battery is the subject of many myths and much misinformation. But even though we know that there are some easy ways to make our phone batteries last longer and get more out of a single charge, we still find ourselves panicking over a dying smartphone more often than we’d like to admit.

We’ve all been there. You use your smartphone to find the quickest route to the office in the morning. You text with your friends all morning, exchanging GIFs and emoji and photos of your cats. Then you use an app to scout out a great spot for lunch, scroll through Snapchat while you’re eating your food, and check out the options for your after-work plans. After you leave the office, listen to a podcast on the subway, and exchange a dozen texts to make plans with friends, you’ve realized that there’s no way that your phone is going to make it.

You probably already know that you can preserve what’s left of your smartphone’s battery by turning off background app activity, avoiding resource-intensive apps, or even enabling a low power mode. But what are the things you shouldn’t do if your phone battery is dying? Read on to find out.

1. Turning the brightness up

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Maybe you had the screen brightness turned down in the office, and just stepped out into an unexpectedly bright late afternoon. But if you’ve already noticed that your phone battery is dying, one of the worst things that you can do is to crank up the screen brightness. Sure, you’ll be able to more easily watch your phone counting down percentages of battery life if you make the screen brighter. But a bright screen is a major battery drain, so keep it as dim as possible if you want the battery to last.

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