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Streaming movies and video chats on smartphones are great, but not for their batteries. Here's how to get more from each charge.

1. Check Settings. Anything constantly getting data drains the battery. Go to settings and turn off apps' access to GPS and automatic checking for emails. Turn off WiFi when not in a place where you want to use it. Look for advanced battery-saving modes that adjust brightness and other power-draining factors.

2. Use WiFi Wherever You Can. When WiFi is available, turn on the WiFi setting. WiFi saves data charges and power, especially when downloading large files or watching videos. Faster and stronger WiFi connections use less power.

3. Keep It Charged. For your first few charges on a new phone, let the battery drain almost completely to condition it for a fuller charge. But after that, charge the phone nightly no matter how much power is left.

4. Try a Portable Booster. Portable spare batteries are available to charge phones, tablets and other mobile devices when away from a power source.

5. Use a Powered Case. These are protective phone cases with backup batteries. Unfortunately, they increase the size and weight of the phone, cost more than standard cases and you do have to charge them.

6. Turn off 4G. Don't enable 4G unless you're in a known 4G area. 4G networks are not yet widely available, so the phone drains power looking for a connection.

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