Power-hungry display: Four tricks for longer run times

If you look at the battery consumption screen, the screen is usually at the top! And even if screens have become more efficient in recent years, they have a strong impact on the battery life of your phone. In our latest coffee break, we reveal some display settings that will make your phone last longer through the day.

Although battery life is one of the most important features of a cell phone, cell phone manufacturers don’t seem to make huge leaps here. Even smartphones with huge batteries offering 5,000 mAh usually only last a day or two. If your cell phone is older, there are several ways to conserve smartphone battery.

However, many instructions forget the basics. Of course, a cell phone in airplane mode uses less battery, but you can no longer surf the Internet or answer phone calls. Since there are some nuances with the screen that affect the runtime of your cell phone, I have summarized some screen battery saving tips for you.

Limit screen brightness and runtime

The first fact that you should take into account is this: the screen is the component that consumes the most energy in a smartphone. So the more you limit the use of the screen, the more battery you can save until the next charge. Reducing screen brightness is crucial to saving power, but limiting screen timeout also has a significant impact on battery life.

This is how you change the screen timeout on your cell phone

Screen timeout is simply the amount of time your smartphone screen remains active after you stop using it. By default, this period is set too long and many people would never think of resetting such a feature.

I personally like to keep it between one and two minutes, but that’s mostly necessary for my job. Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with a 15-30 second display timeout. So if you don’t look at the screen for a long time after using it, you can easily change this setting. Go to it Settings > Display > Screen timeout.

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A screen timeout of more than 1 minute can make a big difference in the battery life of your phone. / © NextPit

If you have the option ” screen attention” enabled, you also don’t have to worry about the screen turning off while you’re looking at it. I recommend turning this feature on.

If you have an iPhone, you can do the same setup using: Settings > Display & brightness > Auto lock. By default, iOS already detects when you’re looking at the screen, so iPhone won’t dim the screen while you’re looking at it.

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The feature is also available on iOS. / © NextPit

Decrease screen brightness

If you reduce the brightness of your smartphone’s screen in dark environments using the shortcuts, you can further optimize your smartphone’s battery.

First, make sure Adaptive Brightness is turned off. Because everything that has to do with adjusting the brightness consumes electricity. You can also use this feature manually at any time if needed. If the option is not available in the shortcuts, you can find it in Android Settings > Display > Brightness.

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It’s easy to save power and cruise all night. / © NextPit

If you’re using an iPhone, you can do the same thing directly from Control Center or from Settings > Display & brightness > Brightness do. I also recommend here true tone to disable.

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You can easily lower the brightness of your iPhone screen through the display settings / © NextPit

Reduce your screen resolution

Screen resolution can also be changed in the settings of many more expensive Android smartphones. This makes sense as you can hardly see any difference between 4K, QHD and FHD+ on small screens anyway. If the display is no longer sharp enough for you after the change, you can undo the setting at any time.

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Your phone’s resolution has a huge impact on battery life. / © NextPit

Screen resolution settings are usually found in “Settings” -> “Display” -> Screen resolution. In other cases, you can access the feature directly when you access your display settings.

Decrease your screen refresh rate

In recent years, Android has established that screens offer higher and higher refresh rates. You can tell by the Hertz number that manufacturers brag about when they introduce new smartphones. The screens of modern mobile phones repeat their display between 90 and 144 times per second, that is, at 90, 120 or 144 Hertz. The more hertz, the more power is consumed.

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How to change the resolution / © NextPit

In the display settings, you will find an on/off switch for the feature on most mobile phones with a high refresh rate. If your cell phone supports variable refresh rate display, you can automate everything too. The cell phone adjusts the refresh rates according to the usage scenario. How well this works in everyday life cannot be fully estimated. Write me your experiences in the comments.

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The Pro Motion feature is only available on some iPhone models. / © NextPit

As simple as these hacks are, you’ll notice the difference by the end of the day! I don’t consider these simple tricks as real professional knowledge to save your phone battery. But both are among the things I always use when setting up, and in my experience with smartphones, they actually make a difference.

For more tips and tricks on how to maximize smartphone battery life, check out these other tips:

How short/long is your smartphone screen time? How to adjust the brightness of the phone screen?