You have bad service
We all know the dead zones or places with spotty reception at home or on our commute. While not being able to check how many double-taps your latest Insta got is annoying, it’s also draining your battery by the second. Here’s why: Your smartypants phone is working overtime to reconnect you. “It’s common for cell phones in bad reception areas to use more power in an attempt to make a better connection with a cellphone tower,” software engineer, entrepreneur, and former U.S. army electronic warfare specialist Kyle Logue explains. “While your phone is hanging around in your pocket, it’s constantly sending and receiving signals from nearby towers. In a way, it’s asking the nearby towers ‘Can you hear me?’ and if the tower can’t, the cell phone will try to send the message again with increased power.” To preserve your battery when you’re in no-text-possible area, switch your phone to airplane mode and try to connect to free WiFi in the area instead. Use these tech tricks to save data and lower your cell phone bill.
You have too many applications that send you alerts
If you have an iPhone 6 or higher, scroll up from the bottom on your lock screen and it’ll show your most recent notifications. We bet you’ll see everything from your mom’s comment on your Facebook picture to an update from CNN on the latest breaking news. Most apps—unless you specifically opt-out—will send you push notifications that often aren’t necessary. “Each time you install a new application and enable push notifications, you are allowing that application to periodically check to see if there is a new notification to show to you on your home screen,” Logue says. “This service, when multiplied by more than 100 applications, can quickly drain someone’s phone battery because of the constant requests being made.” Try going to Settings > Notifications, then tweaking the apps that can send you alerts. We bet you don’t need Yelp reminding you to rate your latest restaurant reservation, right?