Last I checked the leading issue on smart phones is getting through a entire day without  running to a source of power.  I know of many sweet gadgets that will allow me to juice up throughout the day but what can my “SMART PHONE” do when it is almost dead?  There are always additional techniques for every personality to manage battery life, but I suggest to utilize the power control widget or toggle shortcuts to get you by.  I review in detail the step by step  solutions to access some features you may not use every single minute of your day.

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*Battery Management: includes the ability to toggle (Wi-Fi, Blue tooth, GPS aka (location), Sync, Brightness)

(This is a widget)

How to obtain the widget onto a home screen.

Hold your finger onto an open space of home screen; you will open a new window in which a window will populate select Widget and from here you will have many options you will scroll to select “Power control”



For newer Android devices running Jelly Bean the process is a bit different visually; Android Jelly Bean Menu / Widget screen

Once you have scrolled through the pages of widgets you will then hold down the power control, and drag it to the desired home screen.

By turning off Wi-Fi, GPS and controlling the brightness you will conserve the duration of your battery.

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The setting Wi-Fi is to allow you to access Internet access that is not part of your

monthly package form your mobile service provider.  Once the setting is on your

device will populate all available Wi-Fi connections.  You access these options. by accessing your phone settingsyou will have many selections, you are looking for  “Wireless & Network settings”, then confirm the WiFi box is selected, then select the Wi-Fi settings.  this will open a new window.

Choose the network of your choice and if necessary enter the password. To close out of the menu simply select the home icon.

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*Blue tooth 

The Blue tooth setting allows you to connect to a hands free device,  this may be a piece that you wear on your ear, or sync in your vehicle. To conserve battery for those who are not heavy Blue tooth users, simply disable the setting from the Power toggle widget.

To connect a Blue tooth you will need the manual from the device you plan to connect to your mobile device, and follow the steps below to pair with your device.  From the device menu select the settings icon Select Wireless & Network settings.


Confirm the Bluetooth box is selected, then select scan for devices.  This step may take over a minute.  Once you have identified your manufacture of Bluetooth in the lower section of the window select, the next step is pair the devices, by entering the pass word, the typical pass word is 0000 unless your manual or vehicle’s sync indicates otherwise.

For newer Android devices the Bluetooth option is no longer buried under Wireless & Network settings,  Android bluetooth

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*GPS aka location

The GPS setting enabled will allow many parts of your device  software and downloable features to operate at their full potential. For example Google Maps, Navigation, any app that allows you to check in and etc… To conserve battery I suggest disabling the GPS (Location) setting frequently.

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*Sync  The Sync setting shall be on to capture new notifications (email, apps that you have messaging enabled)  The Sync setting will not drain much battery life, I recommend leaving this enabled.

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The Brightness setting will conserve battery life when you really need it,  I typically adjust the brightness when I am outside in the sunlight.

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