Extend the life of your battery

Smartphones are ingrained into every aspect of our lives. Which means that most of us are on them constantly. That leads, of course, to the battery draining more quickly than is convenient. (Isn’t that an understatement!) There are ways, though, to preserve and extend the life of your device’s battery. Below you’ll find several great tips to help you do just that!

Don’t plug your phone in to charge overnight.

You’re probably thinking, “What? Why not?” So we’ll tell you. It stresses the battery. And when you stress the battery, it begins losing the ability to hold a charge. The best thing to do is to unplug your phone before it gets to 100%, and to charge it before it drops to 20%. Really. It will last longer that way.

Leave the phone alone while it’s charging.

Ok, you can make phone calls or send text messages while you’re phone is charging, but playing games or watching movies (even TikTok videos) places what’s called a “parasitic load” on your battery. Over time this will cause your phone to malfunction and destroy the life of your battery. It’s also important to note that watching movies or playing games on your phone while it’s charging generates heat and that heat will ruin your battery even faster.

Dim your screen.

If your screen is very bright it will drain your battery. To dim it, under Settings click on “Display & Brightness,” then use the slider to adjust the brightness down a notch.

Take control of power-draining apps.

Certain apps, like Uber and Grubhub, track your location. If they’re tracking it all the time, it will drain your battery. On your Android phone, go to Settings, click on “Location” then “Mode,” and on the next screen tap “Battery Saving Option” to turn it on. Set this way, your phone will only know its location when it’s connected to a network. On your iPhone, open an app like Google Maps or Uber or Grubhub, etc., and make sure that the “Location” setting is switched to “While Using.”

Turn Bluetooth off

Using Bluetooth to transmit data requires an enormous amount of battery power. Enable it when necessary, and shut it off as soon as you’re done using it. Go to Settings and click on “Bluetooth.”  Move the slider to the “off” position.

Adjust email retrieval

If you get your email on your phone, it’s important to note that the more frequently your device looks for new data, the more it drains your battery. To adjust the frequency on an Android phone, open Settings and click on “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, tap on the three dots icon in the right hand corner. This will bring up “Auto Sync Data.” Click on “Ok” to disable auto syncing. On an iPhone, open Settings, then click on “Mail” and then “Accounts.” On the “Accounts” screen, click “Fetch New Data” and then select how often your phone should check for email. The longer you go between checks, the better for the life of your battery.

Turn off notifications.

The more frequently you receive notifications from Facebook, Snapchat, etc., the faster your battery drains.  That’s because every time your phone goes out to the Internet and discovers a new notification, it may light up your screen, buzz, vibrate, or even play a sound. The whole business of alerting you, which can happen very frequently if you’re unaware of it, drains the battery. Simply go to your “Notifications” settings and turn off those you really don’t need.

Turn off location services.

All smartphones have built-in GPS systems. This is great when you need to get to a particular destination, find a gas station, or determine how far you are from a particular spot. But if you leave these services running all the time they will absolutely drain your battery. Just go into Notifications and turn them off. When you need them, just turn them back on.

Turn your phone off completely.

If you’re not going to be using it for a few hours, save the battery by turning it completely off.

What to do if your phone has 10% or less left in its charge.

Switch it into Airplane mode. This will conserve what’s left of your battery and, if you need to send a text or call an Uber, you can always switch it off.

Now that you know how to save your battery, switch to H2O Wireless and save your money, too. How? By saying “Yes!” to no contracts!

With H2O Wireless’ Unlimited Plans, you’ve got the freedom to pick the plan that works best for your lifestyle. For as little as $20 month – or $18 a month if you enroll in auto pay – you can enjoy America’s most reliable 5G network – the same 5G network as those overpriced wireless companies – at significant savings. Today’s 5G network provides the best cell coverage at far greater speed and is far more flexible, reliable, and secure than any network before it. 

What does the 5G network and its incredible speed mean to you? It means not having to worry about whether or not you’ll miss the next episode of your favorite show (you won’t), or connect with your best friend before he or she leaves for a semester in Tibet (you will).

Plus, with H2O Wireless, you can bring your phone and keep your phone number or choose from a great selection of the latest iPhones and Androids. And, if you’d like to get a 5G phone, H2O Wireless has you covered there, too. The iPhone SE 3rd Gen, iPhone 12 mini, to name just a few, and many new Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, all support 5G and are available right here.

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Refer a Friend (RAF)

When you join H2O Wireless, you can take advantage of our Refer a Friend (RAF) referral program. It enables you to share the H2O love and lower your bill! Share the H2O love with enough friends, and you might not even have a bill.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Spread the Word

Get your unique referral link, then send it to friends and family.

Step 2: Sign Them Up

Help your friend select an H2O Wireless Plan.

Step 3: Get Rewarded

Once your friend activates their H2O service, you each get rewarded with $20 in RAF rewards points.


What is the Refer a Friend Program?

Refer a Friend is the H2O® Wireless referral program in which you and a friend get $20 of H2O points for each activated referral.

When are H2O points applied to my account?

When the person referred activates their H2O Wireless service your rewards points will be applied. Please note: For Port-Ins, points will be received within 1-5 business days.

Do I get referral points if I just tell a friend about H2O?

No. They need to use your referral link.

How many people can I refer?

You can refer up to 10 people per month, which is a total of 120 referrals per year, for thousands of dollars’ worth of reward points. So many rewards points they might pay for your H2O service!

But wait….there’s more!

H2O Wireless Connects You to the World

Each H2O Wireless Monthly Unlimited Plan includes unlimited international talk to 70 Countries (including China and Mexico), unlimited text to any country in the world, and up to $5 international talk credit depending on the plan you select. 

Plus, you can purchase these features whenever you need

International Talk

You can purchase International Talk for your plan for $5 or $10. Simply log into your account to make this purchase.

International Roaming

You can purchase International Roaming for your plan. This can be used for talk minutes, text, or MMS.

5G / 4G Data

You can purchase additional high speed data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10 or 5GB for $20.

Hotspot Data

Share your cellular data via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB using laptops, tablets, and more by purchasing Hotspot Data for your plan. Get 2GB for $10, 5GB for $20, or 10GB for $30.

With H2O Wireless it’s easy to stay connected to your family, friends, work, your favorite shows, podcasts, news outlets – your whole world – for less. That’s what makes us refreshingly. different. wireless.

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What our customers are saying…

 “I have been using H2O prepaid service for more than 3 years. I get a good connection in the mid-west and other places I have visited in the US, with no dropped calls. I only recharge when my balance is low and never had any issue with their customer service. I have contacted their customer service on few occasions, and they’ve been most helpful.”

“I have had H2O monthly unlimited for a few years now. I use WIFI and Data interchangeably, and don't even think about it. My data is unlimited, and even if I stream videos or the news to my phone any time I want, I have never had it slow down.”

“My phone is an unlocked, international version Samsung. I pay $28 a month at H2O and get a service that is literally unlimited in every way. A special bonus with this plan, is that I get international texting - which I was unable to achieve with T-Mobile, Sprint or AT&T.”

More tips for getting the most from your smartphone from H2O Wireless

Clean up your home screen

So you’ve downloaded so many apps that just looking at your home screen gives you stress. Don’t worry, you can keep the apps. We’re just going to help you tuck them in the app library so your screen is more, shall we say, serene.

On an iPhone: Touch and hold an empty area on your Home Screen. For iPhone iOS 14 or later, tap the dots near the bottom of the screen. Tap the circle under the page that you want to hide. Then tap the remove button (minus sign). For older iPhones, a circle will appear at the top left corner of the app icon. The remove button will be inside the circle. Tap it to hide the app. Again, hidden apps are not deleted. They’re stored in the app library. 

On an Android phone: If you have room in your “Favorites Tray,” start by putting the apps you use most frequently in it. If you’re out of room, you can make some by pressing on an app icon and moving it up until you see the remove and uninstall options. Select one and move the more frequently used app into the tray.

How to install updates on your phone

On an iPhone: Open Settings, then click on “General” and then “Software Update” and turn “Automatic Updates” to the “on” position. On the next screen, turn on “Download iOS Updates” and “Install iOS Updates.” Now software updates will be made automatically after they have been downloaded. iPhone sends you a notification before updates are installed. All you need to do is make sure your iPhone is charging and connected to Wi-Fi to complete the update.

On an Android phone: Open Settings, then click on “About Phone/Tablet.” On the next screen turn on “Automatic Update.”

How to increase the font size

Let’s face it. No matter how old or young you are, it can be tough to see the text messages on your screen. And, if you’re out in the sunshine and glare, it can really be difficult. If you’d like to make things easier on your eyes, do the following:

On an iPhone: Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” Look for and click on the words “Display & Text Size.” On the next screen, you have the option to turn on “Bold Text” and “Larger Text,” among others. Click on “Larger Text” and you can turn on what are called “Larger Accessibility Sizes.” The larger text won’t work on every app, but it will function on many, and that will make reading on your phone easier.

If you’d like to darken the text, which is called bold, turn on “Bold Text.” Again, the text won’t be bolded on every app, but it will be on many of them.

On an Android phone: Under Settings, choose “Accessibility.” At the next screen, tap “Font Size.” Here, you’ll see a slider. Drag it as far to the right as you like. The farther it goes to the right, the larger your font size will be. Then, click “Done” to save your changes.

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