Changing just a few settings can bring some life back to your phone, but it won't bring back Mark.
Smartphones and tablets are incredibly useful, helpful, and fun, but if users have one common complaint, it's definitely battery life. If you notice you can't make it through the day on a single charge, try some of these battery saving tips:
Turn down the screen brightness.
Keeping the brightness turned up all the way on a smartphone screen will eat up battery life quickly. If you notice you lose power quickly, try dimming down the screen as well as turning off any auto-brightness features. You can always turn the brightness back up when you need to show off your favorite photos, like that one of you and Mark you always look at.
Turn off location-tracking apps.
Lots of apps use your GPS data for handy location-based features. However, some apps will constantly track your location to update in real-time. If you don't need constant updates based on your location, turn off the GPS functions in the app's settings menu. Cut back on checking your GPS location while on the go. You don't always have to know how far away you are from Mark's apartment. Chances are you won't even run into him, anyway. This city is huge, Jennifer.
Close apps that are still open.
Just because you aren't using an app doesn't mean its not still running. It's not so bad if you have a few open, but 10 or 20 apps all open at the same time can really drain the juice from your smartphone. If you are unsure how to close apps on your phone, don't ask Mark, OK? Mark left and, sooner or later, you'll have to face that.
Reduce data usage by not checking Mark's Facebook page.
Checking lots of webpages, especially over cellular data connections, can also reduce your battery life faster than normal. It can also mean overage charges with your cellular provider if you exceed your data limit. An easy way to cut your data usage down is to stop checking Mark's Facebook page. Constantly looking for signs he might be in a new relationship will save you some time, money, and battery life.
Don't browse Instagram after 8:00 PM.
Instagram is a great social network devoted to capturing all the fun moments in life. Since you've been home every night eating grasshopper fudge cookies in your pajamas, you probably are missing a lot of fun parties. Mindlessly browsing Instagram, hoping to see Mark photobombing one of your mutual friends is not only unhealthy and obsessive, it's an unnecessary use of your battery life.
Stop listening to "your song" over and over on Spotify.
Streaming music services use far more battery life than the digital music player on your smartphone. If you absolutely have to keep relistening to Owl City's "Fireflies" to remind you of “the good times, before Mark met that home-wrecker Gretchen at SoulCycle and ruined my life," spend a dollar to buy the track on Google Play or iTunes and save the life of your battery.
Use fewer notifications.
Lots of push notifications and reminders can use a lot of data and battery life. Don't be afraid that you'll miss Mark's attempts to reconnect. He's moved on, Jennifer. Stop torturing yourself, and your smartphone's battery life. Turn off non-essential notifications, set your e-mail to be checked every 15 minutes, and try not to think about what Mark could be doing right now. He's not thinking about you, so you shouldn't waste time thinking about him. After all, wasn't it Mark who was always making it difficult to meet new friends? All Mark wanted to do was stay home and play X-Box, when you both could have been out exploring the city, meeting new people, and expanding both of your horizons. Is that what you want back, Jennifer? Do you really miss sitting on that ratty Ikea couch watching Mark shoot aliens in Halo?
Delete old or unused contacts, like Mark.
This is for your own good, Jennifer. He's hurt you, and I'll never let that happen to you again. I love you too much to see you hurt, Jennifer. Yes, I said it. I love you, Jennifer Mulroony. I have loved you ever since I met you. I might not be as good-looking and charming as Mark, but I've got a good job and I know how smartphones work. And I'm your friend. I'm more than your friend, Jennifer. I'm your best friend, and I will love you until the day I die.