We’ve all felt the pain. We’ve all been through the painstaking grief and the nauseating heartache that comes when the unthinkable happens – your phone hits zero. Nil. Nada. RIP. Yes, today we’re talking about a hot topic in the world of technology. Today, we look at how letting your phone’s battery run down to the point of death can make you completely miserable, and just what you can do to make sure you never have to go through such pain ever again.
The Stages Of Grief After Your Phone Dies
Everyone knows that, when it comes to grief, there are stages. Whether you’ve just been through a breakup, or unfortunately lost someone close to you, grief is a horrific feeling. But what about the grief behind your phone battery dying? Is it quite as horrific as these other, more standard types of grief? Or is it all just an overreaction? We’ll leave that up to you to decide, but for now, here are the stages of grief that every person will go through when their phone battery hits 0.
- Denial – This stage is the most difficult of them all, and can start long before your phone officially dies. In fact, it can start as early as the first flash of ‘low battery!’ on your beloved screen. For those of us who are more hardcore in our phone usage, even a 50% battery life can make our hearts drop! You’ll start to deny all knowledge that your phone is close to death. You’ll shut down some apps, lower the brightness, switch off Bluetooth and maybe even go as far as cutting off mobile data to some of your best loved apps. Whatever happens, you will not lose that last 20%.
- Anger - … Except you just did, and now you’re left with a lump of metal that is completely useless to you. Users with the iPhone 7 or above don’t even have the satisfaction of a clicking button when there’s no battery life, so you can forget boredom-fixes. This is where the anger kicks in. You start to blame all of those notifications you got before your phone died. Maybe if your friend hadn’t of texted you so many times, or you didn’t have that call asking what you want for dinner, your phone would still be alive, dammit!
- Bargaining – This is where it gets a little pitiful. In fact, this is the point where desperation kicks in and you start going to every possible place that might have a plug and a charger that you can use! You might even debate on finding a shop and buying a brand new charger just so you can charge up your device at the nearest McDonalds.
- Depression – Depression. Okay, maybe this might sound extreme, but when your phone dies, you’re left without contact with the outside world – or at least, those in said outside world that you actually want to talk to. Nothing could be worse. Your day is ruined, your entire week is ruined. In fact, your whole year is ruined because your stupid phone couldn’t hold on for just a little longer.
- Acceptance – But then we come to acceptance. Your phone is off, there’s nothing you can do about it until you get home and maybe you don’t need to play Crossy Road on the bus ride back to your front door. Maybe you could enjoy the view, or people watch. This is just what happens with phones and there’s nothing we can do to fix it. Or is there?
So, What Now?
So, your phone’s gone dark, you can’t access a charger and you’re left wondering what to do to pass the time. There are so many hours in a day to fill, so what can you do? Maybe you’re out, maybe you’re at home and just don’t want to trek all the way upstairs to fetch your charger – whatever the situation, we’re here to give you a few ideas on what you can do to pass the time.
Now, for those of you who might have access to a computer of some form, but either can’t reach a charger or your trusty wire has finally died and you’re waiting for a new one to arrive, there is plenty you can do online to satisfy any needs you might have. Instant Messaging and Skype calls aside, have you considered that maybe you don’t need your phone to play games? In fact, even those of us who can’t afford the likes of Sims 4 or Minecraft can find a bit of fun online not unlike that which we might have on our mobiles. From the range of free-to-download games on the likes of Steam or Origin, to the games you can find on your web browsers, there’s something for everyone. It might seem impossible to find free or low cost games outside of your phone, but trust us – they exist.
If you have no access to technology at all when your phone dies, you could – gasp! – do something in the real world! Okay, so maybe it’s not as shocking as we make out, but there really is so much you can do away from the world of phones and the internet that you might not have tried to dabble in beforehand. People-watching can be far more interesting than it sounds – especially if you go somewhere busy, or how about setting up in a coffee shop and getting down to a bit of writing? You don’t even have to be good at it. Just write - in a notebook, on a napkin, whatever you have available to you. Or, if drawing is more your thing, you can do that too. Stepping away from your phone can actually work wonders on your mental health. You’re away from the stresses you might be going through, and you can actually take time out for you. No one can get hold of you without physically coming to find you, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet!
How You Can Make Your Battery Last Longer
If none of this sounds like much fun, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of ways that you can save the battery life on your phone to make it last just a little bit longer. From adjusting your usage, to picking up a portable charger, you need never be at a loss again!
Portable chargers are a quick and far less tedious way of saving battery – or, well, charging it back up. There are plenty of chargers on the market, some of which are extremely streamlined and won’t take up much room at all for those who don’t want to carry around clutter – or if you know you’ll be using your charger a lot, you can look into those with a higher charge rate than others. They work with any USB wire in most cases, so whether you have an iPhone, Android, or something else entirely, you can make use of what’s available – and with Christmas coming up, you might not even need to shell out for one! Start dropping hints now – you never know what your family or colleagues could get you.
Of course, if you really don’t want to carry around a charger, you could simply adjust your usage. The apps and features you use will all affect the battery usage of your phone, and knowing which will take up less battery life could save you in a sticky spot! Social media apps, for example, tends to take up a lot of battery life, whereas no-download casinos take up far less of the precious energy compared to online casinos that come in the form of an app. With less features and less interaction, there’s less for you to do and therefore less for your phone to do – and voila! You have reduced battery usage and just as much fun. Of course, there are other ways you can save battery and some will depend on the phone you have, but some tips are more universal than others. For example, dimming your screen, no matter what phone you have, will help save your percentage during the way, and so will switching off location services. When your location services are on, your phone is constantly tracking where in the world you are, which is a background process that you just don’t need to have. You can usually adjust this by app, too, so even if you want to keep GPS on for Google Maps, you don’t need to do the same for Facebook, for example. Vibration, Push Notifications, and apps you’ve left running in the background are battery drainers too, so make sure these are all switched off where possible!
And that’s about everything! Your battery dying can be an upsetting experience, but ultimately it’s important to remember that the world will still keep spinning even if the worst happens. Take the opportunity to enjoy the world for what it can give you...
… At least for the journey home to get your charger!