February 7, 2016 8:00 AM EST

It’s no secret that in this technological age, our smartphones are our lifelines. That’s especially true for professionals who store work emails, important documents and essential cute animal pictures on their handheld metal brains. So when the battery percentage on the screen starts looking more like a doomsday calendar, it’s crucial to have a backup plan.

The main source of battery drainage is from the backlight, so dimming your phone’s screen and turning of pesky push notifications will significantly lengthen your phone’s life. Wi-Fi and vibration are also major culprits, so turn those off when you can spare to use LTE and have an audible ringtone. These quick fixes will give you extra time when you don’t have a charger handy.

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