Diabetes management has come a long way! With our phones being CGM readers and soon to replace our insulin pump PDM’s, there’s no doubt that our phones are running the show over in pancreas land. This is exactly why it’s so important to save battery life on your phone so you don’t lose your CGM (or any other diabetes device that runs on your phone). Battery life has become the new life-juice. Well right next to insulin and actual juice.
Here’s how I save battery life on my phone.
8 Ways to Save Battery Life on Your Phone
1. Dark Mode: ON
Most phones made within the past 3 years give you the option for a dark mode (vs light). This makes the otherwise white/light backgrounds invert to black/dark. This saves battery because your phone isn’t illuminating every single pixel it has, only a select handful.
2. Rise to Wake: OFF
Some phones “wake up” every time you lift them, or look at them. Illuminating the entire home screen and time. However this can waste a lot of battery especially if it’s moving around in your purse, detects any kind of movement, or shadows/faces (i’m not sure how the looking one works). Turn it off and save that precious battery life!
3. Reduce Screen Brightness
Phones can be unnecessarily bright. Most of the time I have mine set to a little bit under half.
If you have an iPhone, the following three adjustments adjustments can be found here: Settings>Display &Brightness
4. Turn OFF Antennas
Nothing drains a battery faster than antennas constantly searching for signal. Your phone has 4 Antennas running 24/7: Wifi, Celluar Data, Bluetooth, and Service. Unless I’m actively using wifi, I turn it off. Unless I’m actively using my GPS or if I’m in a place that doesn’t have WIFI and I need a connection, I turn it off. And unless I’m actively using bluetooth, I turn it off. The only antenna that I actively leave on (with a few exceptions* – I’ll list in a minute) is Cell Service.
Turn those antennas off if you’re not using them. It does absolutely nothing other than drain that precious battery life.
*For the most part, my Cell Service antenna is always on – that’s the antenna that allows you to receive & send calls and texts. The only instances I turn this off is when I’m sleeping, if the phone is going to be on my body (like in my pocket), or if Miles is holding it or it’s within 1 ft from him. You can turn off Cell Service by switching into airplane mode.
If you have an iPhone, this adjustments can be found by swiping up from the home screen
5. Location: OFF
Very similar to the antennas, unless I’m using my GPS, location services on my phone is OFF!
If you have an iPhone, this adjustments can be found here: settings>privacy>location services
6. Podcast Auto Download: OFF
I’m a huge podcast fan and am currently subscribed to 12 shows, most of which put out content once a week, but some post 3x day. This means my phone is downloading 4-5 episodes a day! All that downloading takes juice away from your battery life.
If you have an iPhone, this adjustments can be found here: settings>Podcasts
7. Tell Apps to Manually Refresh
Similar to auto downloads, other apps will automatically refresh, even when you’re not actively using them. This, as you guessed it, can be another battery drainer. I set all my apps to MANUAL refresh.
If you have an iPhone, this adjustments can be found in Settings. You’ll have to open each app and turn off Background App Refresh
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
8. Sleep Phone When Done
Instead of waiting for your phone to sleep, hit the sleep button on the side of you phone before you put it down. Some phones come with a default sleep timer of 1-2 minutes… and if you’re looking at your phone 20x day that’s 20-40 minutes of wasted battery life!
There You Have It!
These tip will do wonders for your battery life!
Check out my other articles on CGMs HERE
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