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This article originally appeared on CBS Minnesota on February 10, 2016. By Heather Brown

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A reporter for The Guardian made news this week when he uninstalled the Facebook app on his Android phone. He said that move alone consistently gave him 20 percent more battery power.

It seems the more apps we use, the faster your phone dies. But, why? What’s draining our phones? Good Question.

“It may sound uncanny but my mom can get four days on her phone,” says Matt Udermann, owner of Cell Phone Repair Bloomington. “Why? Because she’s not using apps.”

Udermann says there are two primary reasons our phone batteries drain. First, the phone is constantly looking for a signal, whether it’s wi-fi or cellular. Second, many of the apps on our phones use lots of power to track where we are and send us constant updates, even when we’re not actively using them.

Putting a smartphone is airplane mode will stop the constant searchers, but prevent a user from getting any text messages, phone calls or data updates.

Studies have shown that apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Spotify can be big battery drainers. Many of the biggest battery users run in the background to continuously update with information.
 “They want to know where you are at all times,” Udermann said. “So they can give you all the restaurants in that location, the nearest coffee shops, so they can give you ads.”

Smartphone users can check their battery usage on their phones to determine which programs use the most battery power. It’s a “battery usage” tab under the “settings” tab.

Udermann also recommends closing any applications when you’re not using them either by swiping up or swiping right. A closed application will still use some battery power, but not nearly as much as when the application is turned on.

He also suggests uninstalling applications you don’t use, checking your settings for low-power options on the phone or app and replacing batteries that are worn out.

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shutterstock 243838645 e1445028633565 300x203Professional device repair is in our DNA at CPR Cell Phone Repair. We know you love your smartphone. It’s your main source of connection to your friends, family, and favorite cat videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, with this great technology you’re bound to run into the occasional issue. That’s where we come into the picture. We handle hundreds of repairs in our 200+ locations every day and pride ourselves on bringing devices back to life. Although we handle any device repair you can imagine, here are the 6 most common device repairs we see at CPR Cell Phone Repair.

  • Screen Replacement and Repair. Perhaps the most common device repair we see in our stores is the shattered or faulty screen repair. Did you know that often with a cracked screen, you don’t need a complete screen replacement? That’s right—sometimes it’s as simple as replacing the cover glass. In any case, when you find yourself with a simple crack or an all-out shattered screen, our repair experts have you covered.
  • Home Button. Remember the days when mobile phones only made phone calls and had a full number pad of buttons? Nowadays, just about every smartphone is equipped with an edge-to-edge touchscreen and a single home button on the face. It may seem like an almost useless button until it fails to work. Imagine being stuck in one app, or on one screen, without the ability to navigate freely through your device. We’ve seen hundreds of devices with home button issues and have no problem repairing or replacing the button at CPR Cell Phone Repair.
  • Power Button. If you’re like most people, you probably never shut off your device. The power button is likely to be the least used component on your device. But what happens when your device freezes and needs to restart, or when your smartphone battery dies, and you need to turn it back on once you connect your charger? A failing power button can leave you with a lifeless piece of technology.
  • Water Damaged Device. Mayday, mayday! Your phone has taken a plunge into the pool or your bowl of chicken noodle soup. What do you do? First of all, turn off your device immediately and remove the battery if possible. Next, forget the bag of rice trick and leave your device in the hands of the professionals. We bring water-damaged devices back to life every day at our 200+ locations.
  • Charge Port. Device ports can wear out over time especially if you bend or twist the cable when unplugging. You may also experience an issue where your charging cable breaks and gets stuck in the port. Be careful—trying to remove pieces or repairing it yourself can lead to further damage. Let us take care of it!
  • Battery Replacement. Your smartphone once boasted a battery mojo of 24 hours, and now you’re lucky to make it through your morning commute without it dying. Sound familiar? Batteries wear down over time and can’t perform at full capacity for its entire life. Don’t live your life connected to the power outlet. We can get you set up with a new battery for your device!

When you’re experiencing these 6 issues or nearly any device problem you can imagine, CPR Cell Phone Repair is here to handle all of your device repairs. Short on time? We complete most of our repairs within an hour! You could stop by after work and have a repaired device back in your hands by dinner. Find your local CPR Cell Phone Repair and stop by for a free repair estimate today!

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