Extend battery life

Nokia Lumia with WP8: Save battery life

Get the most out of your phone while getting the battery life you need. There are steps you can take to save power on your phone.

To save power:

Charge wisely

Always charge the battery fully.

Select only the sounds that you need

Mute unnecessary sounds, such as key press sounds.

Use wired headphones

Use wired headphones, rather than the loudspeaker.

Use the battery saver

  • You can set your phone to automatically save power when the battery charge level is low. To check the battery status, and switch battery saver mode on, on the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings > battery saver.

    When your phone goes into battery saver mode, you may not be able to change the settings of all apps.

  • You can choose when you want battery saver mode to be activated. Tap advanced.

Change the phone screen settings

  • Set the phone screen to switch off after a short time. On the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings > lock screen > Screen times out after.

  • Change the glance settings. To shortly see the time and your notifications when moving your phone, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > glance, and switch Glance screen to peek. To switch glance off, switch Glance screen to off.

  • Use double-tap to wake up your phone only when needed. To switch the feature off, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > touch, and switch Double tap to wake up phone to Offtoggle off icon.

Lower the screen brightness

  • On the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings > brightness. Make sure that Automatically adjust is switched to Offtoggle off icon. Switch Level to low, and switch Automatically adjust to Ontoggle on icon.

  • To lower the screen brightness when the battery saver is on, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > display, and switch Battery Saver brightness to Ontoggle on icon.

Stop apps from running in the background

  • Close the apps you are not using. To close most of the apps, press back key.

  • Some apps may run in the background unnecessarily. On the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings, swipe to applications, and tap background tasks. Tap the app you want to block, and tap block.

Use location services selectively

If you want to keep location services switched on, but don't want to use check-in services, on the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings. Swipe to applications, tap people, and switch Use my location to Offtoggle off icon.

Use network connections selectively

  • Set your phone to check for new mail less frequently, or even by request only. In every mailbox you have, tap options icon > settings > sync settings, and change the setting for Download new content.

  • Switch Bluetooth on only when needed.

  • Switch NFC on only when needed. To switch the tap+‎send feature off, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > tap+‎send, and switch NFC sharing to Offtoggle off icon.

  • Use a Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet, rather than a mobile data connection.

    To keep the Wi-Fi connection on even when the phone screen switches off, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > WiFi > advanced, and tap the Keep WiFi on when screen times out check box.

  • Stop your phone scanning for available wireless networks. On the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > WiFi, and switch WiFi networking to Offtoggle off icon.

  • Stop your phone connecting to games. On the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings, swipe to applications, tap games, and switch all relevant settings off.

  • If you're listening to music or otherwise using your phone, but don't want to make or receive calls, switch flight mode on.