It’s no secret that phone batteries are the worst. You get a brand new phone, and the battery life is fantastic. Then, all of a sudden, it’s like you can’t go more than 2 hours without your phone dying. Far too many times, I was out somewhere, and my phone died out of nowhere, leaving me with no connection to anyone.

And yes, I know, I should bring a portable charger with me everywhere I go, but it’s hard to remember to keep that charged too! However, there are a few ways you can go about increasing your phone battery life. So there will be far fewer moments when you’re stranded somewhere without a phone.

Ideal Phone Charging Situation

Typically, the longer you have a phone, the worse the battery gets. That’s because Androids and iPhones have lithium-ion batteries, which are some of the lightest and most extended-standing batteries but also seriously deteriorate over time. Batteries have about 500 charge cycles, which sounds like a lot, but considering I plug my phone in to charge 3-4 times a day and there are 365 days in a year, it’s not that many.

Although your phone battery will still work after that point, the quality will start to get worse. Some people recommend that you should always let your phone get to 0% before you charge it so that each time you charge your phone your batter is getting a full charge cycle, which is from 0% to 100%. Others suggest that you shouldn’t leave your phone plugged in overnight, because letting a batter keep charging once it reaches 100% is bad for your phone.

We have also heard that consistently keeping your phone between 40% to 80% charged is ideal. That way you’ll have more charge life to your battery as it will never actually hit 0%. Although that seems unrealistic, it is something you could give a try if you’re feeling like your phone is continuously dying.

Keeping a portable charger on you is also a good idea to help keep yourself in that 40% to 80% range. Except remembering to keep your portable charger always charged is a task in itself. The obvious solution to keeping your phone charged is, well, to not go out it when you’re without a charger.

Except, that’s much harder said than done. You can try lowering your brightness, putting your phone on low-power mode, and avoiding watching videos or using apps that drain a lot of your phone battery.

To help keep your phone battery at its best possible state, avoid charging your phone overnight and try to always keep your battery percentage in the 40% to 80% range.