If you aren’t familiar with the platform If This Then That (IFTTT), you’re in for a real treat. Basically, it’s a website (with a suite of apps in its name) that allows you to pair certain triggers and actions for increased autonomy of information (for example, you might set the “this” as “register a high of ninety degrees or more” and the “that” as “text me”).
The potential ramifications for this platform are virtually endless, but one overlooked yet powerful option is to set up IFTTT to save your phone’s battery life. With these tips, you can extend your phone’s field life exponentially.
Get more juice out of that battery
One of the most sensible uses of IFTTT is the linking of low battery to any number of battery-saving functions. For example, if your battery reaches your deemed critical level (let’s say twenty-five percent), IFTTT can be utilized to kill apps, shut down the wifi or Bluetooth, or simply send you a notification warning you of your phone’s imminent demise.
The Android’s extension of IFTTT is called IF, and it is free to download (you should download it so you can use IFTTT to save battery life). It would also be irresponsible not to mention Android’s Greenify App Hibernator, which, if linked to IFTTT, will definitively give you all kinds of extended battery life.
IFTTT recipes to set up:
There are also apps you can delete
There are several apps you can delete to save vast quantities of battery life. These battery-sucking apps include Facebook, weather apps, antivirus software, your default browser, and any dedicated cache-cleaning apps – the idea behind this purge is essentially to eliminate high-usage apps that tend to run in the background or draw from the root directory of your phone.
One of the biggest culprits, however, is Facebook, and experts suggest replacing the app with a shortcut to the website. Lastly, get cozy with the idea of doing some tasks (i.e., cache-clearing) manually.
And then the age-old advice
Of course, in addition to all of the above, the usual basic battery-saving advice applies: lower your screen brightness, kill wi-fi and Bluetooth when they aren’t in use—the same goes for background apps—and charge your phone regularly (especially if you know you’ll be doing field work).
Utilize these tips, and you should have no problem getting your phone to last all day.