Nokia Lumia 521 - Extend battery life

Get the most out of your phone while getting the battery life you need. There are steps you can take to save power on your phone.

  • Always charge the battery fully.

  • Mute unnecessary sounds, such as key press sounds.

  • Use wired headphones, rather than the speakerphone.

You can set your phone to automatically save power when the battery charge level is low. To check the battery status, and switch battery saver mode on, on the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings > battery saver.

When your phone goes into battery saver mode, you may not be able to change the settings of all apps.

You can choose when you want battery saver mode to be activated. Tap advanced.

To save power, you can also do the following:

Change the phone screen settings

  • Set the phone screen to switch off after a short time. On the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings > lock screen > Screen times out after.

Lower the screen brightness

  • On the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings > brightness. Make sure that Automatically adjust is switched to Offtoggle off icon. Switch Level to low, and switch Automatically adjust to Ontoggle on icon.

  • To lower the screen brightness when the battery saver is on, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > display+‎touch, and switch Battery Saver brightness to On.

Stop apps from running in the background

  • Close the apps you are not using. To close most of the apps, press back key.

  • Some apps may run in the background unnecessarily. On the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings, swipe to applications, and tap background tasks. Tap the app you want to block, and tap block.

Use location services selectively

If you want to keep location services switched on, but don't want to use check-in services, on the start screen, swipe left, and tap settings iconSettings. Swipe to applications, tap people, and switch Use my location to Offtoggle off icon.

Use network connections selectively

  • Set your phone to check for new mail less frequently, or even by request only. In every mailbox you have, tap options icon > settings > sync settings, and change the setting for Download new content.

  • Switch Bluetooth on only when needed.

  • Use a Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet, rather than a mobile data connection.

    To keep the Wi-Fi connection on even when the phone screen switches off, on the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > Wi-Fi > advanced, and tap the Keep Wi-Fi on when the screen times out check box.

  • Stop your phone scanning for available wireless networks. On the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings > Wi-Fi, and switch Wi-Fi networking to Offtoggle off icon.

  • Stop your phone connecting to games. On the start screen, swipe left, tap settings iconSettings, swipe to applications, tap games, and switch all relevant settings off.

  • If you're listening to music or otherwise using your phone, but don't want to make or receive calls, switch airplane mode on.