Having a reliable mobile phone is an essential part of the smooth running of any business today. A typical working day will doubtless include call taking, sending messages, confirming appointments, accessing Google Maps, web searching, responding to emails and so many other things that are all done today on your smartphone. Our mobiles have become an invaluable and essential business tool both while you’re out and about and in the office. And that’s probably why it feels so unnerving when all of a sudden the screen dims and your phone switches itself off.
We’ve all experienced the anxiety of having left our mobile at home – it feels like you’ve lost a part of you. There is an element akin to addiction at play here, but that’s for another article, because the thing you’re missing most is the constant connection with the outside world that you’re used to. That lost connection when you leave your phone in the car or it runs out of charge, could result in lost business, so it’s vital that you ensure that all your staff have a regimented charging routine during working hours.
Although mobile technology – both software and hardware – has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, battery life has not kept up. Bigger screens, more convenient apps and longer usage means that our phone batteries drain more quickly. And though advances have been made, whereas in the old days a phone would need to be charged once every few days, now it might be several times a day. If you think about it, how many times a day do you hear someone asking for a charger?
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your team’s phones are on and available for use when they’re needed.
1. Screen brightness
First, let’s take a look at the glowing rectangle that’s permanently fixed to the palm of your hand. If ‘brightness’ is set too high, not only is this likely to be bad for your eyes, but will surely be a cause of excessive battery drain. Usually a sweep down from the top of the screen will reveal the brightness setting and this should be turned down to between 40 and 60%, depending on model and preferences.
2. Turn off app refresh
When you have finished with one app, do you switch it off before moving on to another? No, well neither do most people (there was a myth that turning off your apps when not in use would save your battery charge, but this was debunked by several industry heavyweights so we can ignore that). However, if your phone setting allows apps running in the background to constantly refresh their data then this could have an impact on your battery life, so consider restricting this function to only those you want to update when they’re not on your screen.
3. Airplane mode
Wi-Fi, data, Bluetooth. These tools are all highly necessary functions in a smartphone; however, when not in use they are sure to absorb much of the power. Have you tried airplane mode? This is a simple one-button solution which will turn off your Wi-Fi, data and Bluetooth when you don’t need them.
4. Excessive streaming
Keep video and audio usage to a minimum – streaming video and music services has a significant impact on the charge life of a battery, and this includes video calls and recording videos. Text messages, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram usage should also be kept to a minimum as constantly sending and downloading information uses up valuable energy.
5. Regular charging
Be sure to fully charge your phone to ensure a longer battery life. It is recommended that you let your phone completely drain of battery before charging as well as being conscious of not overcharging. The best time to do this is, therefore, after work or overnight, but it’s important to instil a culture in the workplace that when not in use a phone should be charging, because what you may lose in long-term battery viability you gain in team connectivity. You never want a situation where an important client call is missed due to a flat battery.
6. Restricted notifications
A phone today will notify you of everything: alarms, incoming texts, emails, calls, social media posts, WhatsApp messages, etc. But these all use electricity, especially on vibration mode. So, to preserve battery charge, turn off vibration or audible notifications on all non-business apps on phones.
Batteries in phones don’t last as long as they used to. Many will die within a few years, around the time you might be looking to change your phone anyway. So, worry less about charging your phone too much and keep your phones charged at all times.
One last impact of a low battery is low call reception. So, even when you’ve a little battery left, if that important call comes in, your network might not get through to you or your phone might drop the call.
We know this because our expertise is in mobile network signal boosting systems for commercial clients throughout London and we just thought we’d share a little technical insight to help you and your business.