Whether you have an Apple, Google, or Microsoft-powered device, the odds are your gadgets run out of juice long before your workday is over. With more powerful electronic devices comes greater power consumption. But there are ways to efficiently extend battery life.
Scaling back on the whiz-bang is a good place to start. First off, consider turning off services when you’re not using them. Disabling Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, your cellular connection, or GPS when you don’t need them can significantly improve battery life because devices—phones, tablets, and laptops alike—use juice by scanning for signals in the background. Shortening your screen timeout setting and dimming the display are two good ways to make gadgets sip, rather than slurp, power. Likewise, turning off app notifications and vibrating alerts can save juice.
Not enough? Here are seven apps and accessories that can improve the life even more.