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. On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > ringtones+‎sounds, and select which sounds to keep.

Use wired headphones

Use wired headphones, rather than the loudspeaker.

Use Battery Saver

You can set your phone to automatically save power when the battery charge level is low. To check the battery status, and to switch Battery Saver on, on the start screen, swipe left, and tap Battery Saver.

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

Change the phone screen settings

  • Set the phone screen to switch off after a short time. On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap ALL SETTINGS > 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 down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > 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 down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > touch, and switch Wake up to Offtoggle off icon.

Lower the screen brightness

  • On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap ALL SETTINGS > 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 down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > 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 and hold back key, and tap close icon on the apps you want to close.

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 select how often to sync.

  • Switch Bluetooth on only when needed.

  • Switch NFC on only when needed. To switch the NFC feature off, on the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > NFC, and switch Tap to share to Offtoggle off icon.

  • Use a WiFi connection to connect to the internet, rather than a mobile data connection.

  • Stop your phone scanning for available wireless networks. On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > WiFi, and switch WiFi networking to Offtoggle off icon.

  • If you're listening to music or otherwise using your phone, but don't want to make or receive calls, switch flight mode on. On the start screen, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap ALL SETTINGS > flight mode, and switch Status to Ontoggle on icon.

Check battery use

  1. To check which apps have been eating up your battery life, on the start screen, swipe left, tap Battery Saver, and swipe to usage.