How to Improve Battery Management on Android (Droid) / Apple( iOS)

1 Apr

The leading issue on smart phones is getting through an entire day without running to a source of power.  The best charge up will allow me to power up throughout the day, but what can my “SMART PHONE” do?  There are always options to explore before a entire RESET on every smartphone or tablet.  Battery management is a great place to start, below I provide 13 recommendations to get you started.

TOP 13 BATTERY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Email refresh rates should be reduced to 1hr if possible or manual.
  2. Disable vibrations
  3. Disable app specific notification content and sync rates.
  4. Use less widgets / tiles
  5. Use the home charger the smart phone / tablet came with.  This charger is optimized to function with your device for best results.  Note car chargers are typically universal meaning they are optimized for short burst of charging on any compatible connector.
  6. Disable WiFi prompts / disable unless at home or work.
  7. Disable Bluetooth unless constant connection to an ear piece, car sync, or regular transfer of files.
  8. Disable location when not in some search instances, navigation
  9. Auto Adjust is not needed unless frequent reading in dark areas.
  10. Avoid leaving smart phone / tablet in extreme temperature conditions, for this effects the performance of any battery.
  11. Toggle between 3G, 4G / LTE and 5G networks when necessary
  12. Disable cellular data connection
  13. Power cycle device when signal has been an issue.

To properly complete a power cycle

You want to first take notice if information is being transmitted. You will notice up in the Notification ribbon a flow of arrows positioned next to the signal indicator (of your carrier / WiFi). If it is, keep in mind the first attempt to power down may take a bit longer to process due to the device “jamming up”.  Power off the device and leave it off for a very long 30 seconds.

Take your time to power on the device

As the power up visuals appear, do not access any of the menus or attempt to make an outbound call, email or any message through various apps. Your  device is transmitting through various channels, so let it do its job and communicate.  Emails, voice mails, text messages and so much more will begin to flood in to the notification bar.  If their are many email accounts and Social Media apps be extra patient the device is chugging through it all 🙂

GPS will also take a moment to position you, so let it chug and all will be better soon.  If these recommendations are not a quick fix for you please reach out to a consultant in your area, or tech support with the carrier.

Battery Management Applications for Android & Apple

Many portable devices now have a stock app that provides battery management tools.  Please refer to your device for such an app prior to installing any apps to do the same thing.  You never want two apps attempting to complete the same exact task at the same time.  Counter productive if you get my drift.  This counter productivity is also hard on the device.  DO NOT DUPLICATE Antivirus, Malware, task killers, and battery management apps.

Lookout image 1.1jpeg    Protect your Android or Apple device from data loss, theft, and other threats.  Continuous, over the air protection from viruses, malware, adware and spyware.

  • Locate your lost / missing device
  • Sound a loud alarm to find your device if you think its nearby.
  • Log into Lookout.com from any computer or tablet
  • Display a custom ‘lost’ message on the device’s screen complete with contact details (phone may not have a pass code enabled). swipe to call.

Android users download here

Apple users available via Apple App Store

Apple users have a quick and easy process to shut down applications, simply double tap the HOME button.

  1. Double tap the HOME button.
  2. Tap an app that you want to use OR swipe up to dismiss / close app


Switching apps on iPhone X, iOS 13 or an iPad

  1. Swipe up from the bottom to the middle of your screen, PAUSE your swipe motion and direct either left or right.
  2. Tap an app that you want to use OR swipe up to dismiss/ close app.

If you are using iOS 13 or higher you may swipe up to 3 apps (one finger per app at a time to close them.  You will be able to swipe from left to right and simply flick the desired “screen” up to close it out.

What To do With DropBox

22 Apr

Dropbox DropBox provides a reliable sync function across many devices and OS’, including Vista, Mac, OSx and Linux. Along with the ability to share, and edit. When files / folders are shared they are always visually the same.  DropBox cloud storage provides 2Gb of FREE storage, and packages for a heavier user, including but not limited to business / Pro users. Pro accounts are allotted by monthly and annual plans.

Android download here

Apple additional info here download via iTunes

Additional info click here

Verizon Wireless’s Best deal June 30, 2020. Get a FREE phone. NO trade in required!

30 Jun

Check out the latest devices all FREE now with Verizon Wireless.

Hotmail, MSN and Live Manual Email Settings

19 Jun

Attempting to set up your personal Hotmail, MSN or Live email account onto your new smart phone?   Each device will ask for a variation of  email provider settings.  Microsoft Outlook.com email now provides an application available from each operating systems phone (Apple app Store / Google Play Store). Some devices will require the downloaded outlook.com email application.  Android users take note each manufacturer does have a “native” email application which is accessible from the phone’s settings. One could go into a retail location, or worse contact support and possibly wait on hold…… no worries I have all the information you need….read more . Also those interested in Smart Phone Teacher rates, supporting technologies, wireless carrier service plans, and accessories for your mobile technologies.

Upcoming Live Webinar; Employ Your Smartphone as a Productivity Booster

26 May
  • Digital Note-Taking Tips and Techniques When August 22, 2019
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Interested in scheduling a webinar please contact me with the provided form below. I look forward to hearing from you and connecting on your interests, to take a hold of the Smart technologies in the palm of your hand.

Conserve your smart phone’s application storage

26 May

How many apps are on your Android?  Want more, but have no memory?  With a SD card in your phone you may download APP2SD, this application will allow you to transfer the download(s) to the SD card’s memory. Newer software versions / phone models may not have a removable memory option and / or may not allow for applications to be stored on  an alternate storage option.

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Simply download the app fro the Google Play Store,  search for App2SD and install.   Once the install has completed locate   , the menu will immediately show you which apps are movable to the SD card.  Notice at the top tool bar MOVABLE, ON SD CARD, AND PHONE ONLY.  The image shown here has MOVABLE selected, here you may select which apps to move.   If you ever need to place the app. beck onto your phone’s memory you may select ON SD CARD, select the desired app. then choose MOVE TO DEVICE.

A bit of manual cleaning is a tried and true solution, if your Android is acting a bit sluggish or simply crashing.  The process is very quick and easy.

Device SETTINGS–> APPLICATION MANAGER (some devices will read out APPS)–>

clear app cache from the app manager

While in the Application manager take a moment to clean out the applications that you use infrequently.  You can also download an app to assist with application cache,  click here  for additional resources

Sonos Wireless Music Player

Wow Way Email Settings

25 May

To setup your Wowway.com email will take a few extra moments to include all necessary email settings.

  • Incoming settings: Pop3.mail.wowway.com
  • Incoming Port: POP port 110
  • IMAP port 143
    • note DO NOT select SSL option
  • Logon user name is one’s email address: username@wowway.com
  • Outgoing settings:  mail.wowway.com 
  • Outgoing Port: (both Pop and IMAP Port 25)
    • note DO NOT select SSL

Docs To go – FREE Office Suite Updates

26 Mar

Docs To Go now includes editing for free!  Android devices (Smartphones and Tablets) may now edit Microsoft Office files and view Adobe PDF files.  In addition to these recent changes additional Cloud services are supported- DropBox, SkyDrive/OneDrive and Google Drive.

Android download / Update here

Voice search Google Maps

6 Oct

How does your smart phone really make things easier……. Voice search is super handy, and on an Android you have voice command for more than composing a text message or calling MOM.  The shortcuts are key.  Below you will find how to access Google Maps for the quick data you desire.  the additional features built into……..read more

Twitter – Android Apps on Google Play

28 Jan

Twitter - screenshot thumbnailToday January 28,2014 Twitter updates  for Android devices; w/ better login verification, easily mention other users when you Tween a photo. Also improvements to the photo cropping and image rotation.

You may update via: Twitter – Android Apps on Google Play.

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