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Smartphones with long battery life

There are lots of things to consider when buying a new phone, and battery life is one of the most important.

Of course, it's great to have a good camera, a gorgeous touchscreen, a fast processor and more – but without any charge in your battery they're no use at all. So to help you choose the best smartphone, we've put together a list of the best performers when it comes to battery life.

Hints and tips to help you choose

The more apps and services you use, the more strain you’ll put on your smartphone’s battery.

One quick tip is to turn off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it, as your phone will use battery looking for a signal. You can also shut down background apps that may be using power – especially ones that track your location.

Turning your screen’s brightness down can help too – as this is one of the biggest uses of battery power. It’s even worth turning off Bluetooth when you’re not using it. It won’t use as much power as leaving Wi-Fi on – but it’s still draining your battery unnecessarily if you’re not using it.

If you’ve tried all these tips and you still don’t get enough charge from your battery, there’s always the option of carrying a mobile phone charger or backup power bank around with you – check out our range of accessories.

Because Android and iOS devices don’t all come with the same capabilities, it’s difficult to say which phone type has the best battery life or which lasts longest. But it’s safe to say bigger battery doesn’t always mean a longer time between charges.

Some phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 or Sony Xperia XZ Premium, can do more with less. If you want to know which phone is best for long battery life, check out the specs for talk time and audio playback, for example, and don’t just consider the battery size.