Battery life of a smartphone can be critical for customers who want to purchase a new mobile phone. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL comes with a big battery that offers long usage time. However, customers still want to improve the battery life of their handsets.
Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 XL along with the Lumia 950 in October 2015. The Lumia 950 XL comes packed with top notch features such as a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2GHz, 20 MP rear-facing camera and 5 MP front camera.
Such high-end features also require a big battery to support long-time usage and thankfully, the Lumia 950 XL packs in a big 3,340 mAh battery, which is one of the biggest batteries found in well-known phones.
Even though the battery of the Lumia 950 XL offers long term use, here are some tips that can improve the battery life of the Windows 10 Mobile powered Lumia device.
Activating The Lumia 950 XL For The First Time
Owners have to set up region, language and more when they first activate or hard reset their smartphones. While going through the process users should keep an eye on recommended express settings or to personalize settings. When this screen appears, users should opt for ‘Customize’ and then remove the ticks to prevent the Lumia 950 XL to send information/reports to Microsoft’s servers automatically.
Disabling Hey Cortana
The Hey Cortana app on Window 10 Mobile phones can turn on voice activation on the phone. Whenever a user says “Hey Cortana,” the handset wakes up and starts Cortana into listening mode. Disabling Hey Cortana can help users to save precious battery life of their phone.
Users can disable Hey Cortana by going to Cortana > Notebook > Settings > Disable Hey Cortana can help users to save precious battery life of their phone.
Switching To 3G
Networks in many parts of the world including the U.S. offer 4G connectivity for higher speed. However, 4G also drains more battery in comparison to 3G. Users who do not need high speed 4G connectivity can opt and switch to 3G.
It can be done by going to Settings > Mobile & SIM > SIM Settings > Mobile Networks > Highest Connection Speed > 3G
Adjusting Screen Brightness
The Lumia 950 XL has a stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD display that is best for high-quality video watching experience. However, users can reduce the brightness of the screen to low or medium to save battery and should not always use Auto brightness.
Switching Off NFC
Most top-end modern day mobile phones have NFC, which is normally used for contactless payments. NFC can be useful to many but users can turn off the feature when not in use.
The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are the first Windows 10 Mobile powered devices to get the Iris Scanner, which is helpful in keeping the phone secure. The Iris Scanner can be used to unlock phones and is supposed to be faster than fingerprint scanners.
However, the Iris Scanner takes a toll on the battery life of smartphones. Users who prefer saving battery over using Iris Scanner can disable it and save their mobile phone’s battery.
Windows 10 Mobile handsets including the Lumia 950 XL have a “Battery Saver” app that can assist users to extend the battery life of their device. The app refrains the Lumia 950 XL to automatically pull calendar updates and emails. The Battery Saver app also delays Live Tiles update and prevents some apps to run in the background.
The Battery Saver app is an excellent way of preserving the battery life of Windows 10 Mobile devices.
Lumia 950 XL users can go to Settings > System > Battery Saver > and enable the option to have Battery saver.
Users also have the option to automatically switch on Battery Saver when the battery charge falls below a set percentage.
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth And Location
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Location services consume a lot of battery. Users can switch off these features to conserve the battery life of their Lumia 950 XL.