Low battery usually comes in the worst possible time. In the moment when you should make an urgent call, answer an important email or take a photo of an unrepeatable experience. And these are only the short-term problems. Not putting enough emphasis on energy saving in long-term can result in more costly consequences. New smartphones are equipped with built-in batteries thus they can’t be removed and this tendency doesn’t seem to end. This means that when the battery goes wrong the phone itself has to be taken to get repaired instead of only changing the battery for a new one – which is, of course, more expensive.

There are many battery saving apps in Google Play but we all know that most of them are actually do more harm than good. Still you can find some that really works, like the hugely recommended Greenify. One of the biggest energy claimers are applications that are operating in the background. Closing them is also an option but if you tend to forget about such things or don’t want to fully close, then Greenify can be your best friend. It hibernates apps that are not in use and as a result it helps battery long laster by freeing up resources. You don’t need to remember, Greenify remembers for you. Be careful though, some apps need to operate in the background so try to eliminate only the unnecessary ones. Android’s Marshmallow operating system also has a new function that works a bit similarly to Greenify. It’s called Doze. Doze puts the phone into hibernation mode when a certain amount of time passed without using it.

You can also take advantage of an app that detects what requires the most energy on your phone. Even though Android has a built in indicator, Battery Doctor gives a more precise picture of that.

Even if you don’t want to use any applications for making the battery last longer, many other small tricks can be used to save energy – they require small effort and make a big a difference. First, there is a list of functions to turn off immediately: such as auto brightness, vibrate, keytones, auto-sync in Google apps and also Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth if you are not using them in the moment. They don’t have to run all the time.

Now comes the second step. Believe it or not, but only setting a black background helps. Okay, we get it, it’s not the most aesthetic solution but in emergency practicality can win over appearance. Then there’s this thing about old, unused apps. Delete them now! And finally, to refute all myths about how the battery should be charged: no, it is not good to let it totally die neither is good to fully recharge. The optimal is to charge it from around 20 percent up to around 90 percent.

Trying out these useful hacks can help to find the practices that fit the best your user habits and makes your battery last longer without compromises.