Saving your Phone Battery
The battery is the most important - and frustrating - part of your mobile phone. Here are some tips to keep your phone working during a power outage or a long time away from a wall plug. A blackout is a good chance to go cold turkey on some of the "features" that drain the battery quickly.
- Turn off Bluetooth off.
[Settings - Wireless and network - Bluetooth settings - uncheck Bluetooth]
- Turn off GPS location services.
[Settings - Location and Security - uncheck Use GPS satellites]
- Turn off Wi-Fi communications.
[Settings - Wireless and network - Wi-Fi Settings - uncheck Wi-Fi]
- Turn off the 4G connection if your phone has that option - 4G is a power hog.
- "Flight Mode" ("Airplane Mode") is very handy to toggle off all the radios for Bluetooth, GPS, and mobile connections.
Press/hold the Power button and select Flight Mode from the popup menu is even faster.
- You can get toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Brightness and Auto-sync by putting the Android "Control Widget" on your home page.
- Keep your phone charging if a power outage is expected. If you have a spare battery (aren't you smart!), charge it too.
- Most smartphones are set up for reading e-mail with messages being pushed down to your phone on a regular basis. You can save a lot of battery (and mobile charges) by turning off push notifications.
[Menu - Settings - Accounts and Sync - uncheck Auto-sync]
- Send text messages instead of calling. A text message send the information quickly and efficiently.
- Take a holiday from online musuic, videos and games saves your battery.
- Close applications that continue to run in the background. Close Android widgets that update on a regular basis (i.e. weather, news). With Flight Mode turned on, they won't update anyway.
- Dimming the display and setting the timeout to the lowest setting (15 seconds) saves the most battery power. [Settings - Display - Brightness | Timeout]
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