Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 update as a Preview for Developers. It brought huge improvements to Windows Phone. Did you update your Windows Phone to 8.1? If not yet done, you should do it, you’ll love it! Read how to do it in my previous blog post here.
A few users experienced unusually fast battery drain with their phones after updating it to Windows Phone 8.1. Here are a few tips that might help you conserve the battery…
Go to Settings > Battery Saver. You can turn on/off Battery Saver mode, check battery usage of all your apps. In Windows Phone 8.1, now you can specify if the app runs in background always or only when the phone Battery Saver mode is Turned OFF.
Configure Quick Actions in Notification Centre
Go to Notifications+Actions, and pin two settings to the “Quick Actions” in notification centre, Wi-Fi and Location Services. These two things tend to drain out battery very fast and we often leave them turned ON even when not required. Keeping them in notification centre will help you quickly notice and turn them off when not needed.
Turn off Cortana when not needed
If you do not use Cortana every now and then, you can go to Settings > Swipe to Applications section > Cortana. Turn it off and it won’t drain the battery. This might specifically help you when you are travelling and you turn on Location Services for Maps, and Cortana starts running in background at the same time eating up more battery. Remember that turning off Location Services also turns off Cortana.
Network Service Provider
Look for the cellular network connectivity in your phone. Does it keep losing the cellular network connectivity and get back to normal in few minutes or even seconds sometimes? That’s an indication when your phone switches to a different cell tower (aka Cell Site) for the connection when the nearest one changes. This drains out the battery drastically if it is frequent. Talk to your service provider if this happens frequently.
I am using HTC 8X and my phone battery is perfectly fine with Windows Phone 8.1 Update. If everything else looks fine and still your phone battery drains out, then probably you should take your phone to the manufacturer’s Support Centre.