Funny how quickly the highest tech computer or smartphone, can instantly be struck down by something as low-tech as a dead battery. It doesn’t matter how much you need to be on the phone in your line of work- no one wants to hear about how you were unavailable because your battery just ran out. And this isn’t easy. Smartphone battery life as a subject never seems to be at the top of any manufacturer’s list of things to improve.

But this is not to be taken to mean that you have to take the kind of smartphone battery life you’re handed, lying down. There are quite a few things you can do to make sure that your smart phone battery lasts.

They say that ever since the iPhone 4s came out, phone carriers have been finding the going particularly difficult keeping up with the kind of Internet surfing that these phone owners seem to love. There’s something about the latest iphone that makes people use data up at a rate that’s higher than on any other iPhone.

Not only does that really hammer a phone carrier’s network, it hammers the phone’s battery something terrible, too. Use Wi-Fi, GPS any kind of data connection on your smartphone, and you quickly drain your battery. If you’re at all interested in seeing your battery last through the day,you’re going to need to do something about that phone browsing habit.

One thing you can do to stop your phone from wasting what power it has, would be to turn off automatic e-mail checking or any other app that you may have on your phone that is designed to go online every now and then just to check to see if there is any mail that has arrived afresh.

If you have a location sharing app like Google Maps or something, do be sure to turn that app off, too. Or at the very least, go in there and change whatever settings you need to, to disable GPS. While it might be fun to have these things turned on all the time, it hardly makes sense to have a phone that goes to bed by 4 in the afternoon.

Ever notice how any phone, when it begins to run low on battery power, will turn the screen light off the first chance it gets? There’s a reason why every phone will do this right away: the lights that light the screen up, as tiny as they are, do suck up a considerable amount of battery power.

You don’t have to wait until the phone takes matters into its own hands when the battery runs low though. How about dimming those lights yourself? This way, you wouldn’t spend the charge your battery has,lighting up your screen all day.

And finally, if your smartphone battery life just isn’t what it should be, have you considered carrying a spare battery? It isn’t an actual spare battery that you have to carry. What they sell you is a little universal battery that has a USB port. You just need to bring a cord with you to connect your phone to the USB port, and you’re set.