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Six in 10 'couldn't cope' more than a day without their phone

How long could you manage without your mobile phone?

Three in 10 smartphone users in the UK never leave the house without their phone and six in 10 say they ‘couldn’t cope’ longer than a day without it, according to a new survey.

As well as making and receiving calls, people rely on their phones for functions ranging from taking photos and checking the weather to sending e-mails and getting from A to B. As many as 77% use online maps or apps to plan trips, and 35% admit they have never used a printed map.

The study, carried out by OnePoll on behalf of HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, also found that for more than one in 10 (12%) their phone battery dying would give them anxiety.

Friends laughing on their phones

Over half of all those surveyed (55%) claim that running out of battery is a ‘nightmare scenario’, with the average person charging their phone at least twice a day to avoid being caught out.

“Smartphones offer so much, it’s unsurprising that we’re dependent, making the common complaints around battery life a real issue,” said Petri Hayrynen from HMD Global.

Nokia’s new G11 and G21 smartphones are designed to offer three days of battery life to help avoid worries about running out of juice.

The survey also revealed that 48% of smartphone users would be upset if they lost their phone — more than if they lost their bank card (46%), car keys (40%) or wedding ring (25%).

People check their phone 20 times a day on average, spending a total of two hours looking at their screens over a 24-hour period.

Video calls and e-mails were cited as the biggest drain on smartphone batteries.

There are various things you can do to help preserve your phone battery while you’re out and about, Hayrymen explained.

“From using network connections selectively to muting unnecessary sounds and stopping apps from running in the background, these all help the cause and keep you switched on for longer.”

We have become inseparable from our phones, but carrying them around means that you’re vulnerable to theft, loss or damage. If your phone ever gets damaged, stolen or lost, mobile phone insurance from Gadget Cover can help you get it repaired or replaced as quickly as possible.

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