Festival lovers from across Ireland are getting ready for Electric Picnic this weekend, making their way to Stradbally for a weekend filled with fun.
Here’s the dilemma though – you’re looking to take a video of Dua Lipa or N.E.R.D or Picture This, or maybe to find your friends among the throng of festival goers, but your phone battery is almost dead.
The sense of ‘battery panic’ is real as your charge ebbs away over the course of the day and can distract from your festival experience.
Sony Xperia have come up with nine battery saving hacks that will help your smartphone charge survive Electric Picnic.
1) Disable location-sharing services
You’re unlikely to want to use a maps app or hail a cab online if you’re on a campsite, so this is a sure-fire way to help you save battery.
2) Limit your connectivity
Turn off Bluetooth and turn on airplane mode at times when you know you and your friends are all grouped together and won’t be needing to access the internet. Turn on airplane mode when you’re recording your favourite artists’ performance, then turn it back off when you want to post to social media.
3) Activate STAMINA mode
Depending on your device and Android version, you’ll have either STAMINA mode or Battery Saver. This reduces battery consumption and increases standby time. STAMINA mode disables background activities and limits your Home screen to your most important apps.
4) Update your apps before you go
New updates come with fixes and features that help keep your apps ticking along… and consuming less battery.
5) Turn off Wi-Fi
If you’re on 4G, don’t send your phone roaming for the nearest Wi-Fi connection.
6) Choose your data usage wisely
You probably won’t need a takeaway app while you’re at the festival, and you might not need music apps walking between stages. Switch off data usage for the apps you won’t need.
7) Check which apps are costing you battery charge
Go into your settings, tap Battery and then Advanced to see a list of which apps are draining your battery the most. Limit your usage of these apps and your battery life will improve.
8) Lower your screen brightness
In bright sunlight, you might need your screen brightness turned all the way up, but when you’re in your tent it’s a good idea to switch it as low as you can while still being able to read comfortably.
9) Don’t be always-on
It’s tempting to keep up with the news, read your emails, check your social media and watch the latest videos from your favourite YouTube channels… but then are you really at the festival? Switch off your notifications to save battery, checking your apps when you want to rather than when you’re prompted.