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Why am I spending a lot of battery life when traveling?

It won’t be hard for the observant user to realize that when he travels his mobile uses more battery than when he is not traveling. This happens even when we go by road and we do not use the mobile. In principle, it should be the opposite, right? After all, if we don’t use it, it shouldn’t waste battery. But it is not like that, it uses much more battery, and in reality, the mobile is working when we travel.

Looking for coverage

The big problem with travel is coverage. The mobile is constantly trying to find a mobile network to connect to. Said mobile network can be a 4G network, it can be a 3G network, or it can even be a GSM network. Be that as it may, the truth is that our mobile tries to connect. When the mobile cannot connect to a network, the mobile amplifies the signal, which leads us to spend more battery on the smartphone. But the big problem we have is not only that it amplifies the signal and that this uses up more battery, but that after a few kilometers, the mobile will have lost the coverage of that network, so it will have to locate another new network, amplify the signal strength, and therefore use more battery again. In a trip of a few hours, we have been able to easily destroy the battery of our mobile, without having used it, simply because the smartphone has been trying to connect to the different mobile networks to have coverage, but has not been able to find any stable network.

Therefore, when we travel, a good recommendation is to activate the Airplane mode of the mobile. WiFi, Bluetooth, and mobile networks will be disconnected. We can activate WiFi and Bluetooth if we want to without activating the rest of the connectivity options. However, we will save a lot of battery. And if we are also not going to call by phone, then it is ideal. In fact, even if we are going to talk on the phone or want to send and receive messages via WhatsApp, the ideal is to have the Airplane mode active and deactivate it when we want to send the messages or see if we have received a message, to activate it again later. In this way, we will save a lot of battery on trips, and we will not reach our destination without battery, which is usually when we really need our smartphone to get to the place we are going.