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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.

Printing Wirelessly from a Smartphone / Tablet

26 Jan

Need to print something from your Android / iPhone smartphone?  Maybe its a file you just downloaded from an email, or a photo you took on your smartphone. With recent advances in wireless technology it is as easy as a few taps on your mobile device.  Many printers have established an app for you to easily connect through, Google Cloud, and Apple AirPrint. ….read more

Apps vs Internet Browsing

18 Jan

The mobile experience have changed drastically in the past couple of years. Browsing  has become faster with 3G and 4G speeds, and apps are plentiful.  This makes the mobile device more exciting to use.  Most of the time there is an app…read more

How to Clear iPhone/ iPad Safari History / Cache

28 Dec

How often do you sit and tap your fingers while your  Apple loads Safari?

New or old iPhone’s / iPad’s could use a clearing of its history, data, cookies and cache.   If you compare your device to your home or work computer, you will find that they are very similar in these terms of Internet(Safari) maintenance.  With a couple of quick key strokes, any device will perform noticeably faster...read more

How to Child-Proof Your iPhone/iPad

28 Dec

Apple’s new ios7 provides many parental control features such as disabling many features like volume, website access and much more.  Below I display how to access these options along with age appropriate content settings…read more

Best Password Keeper for Smart Phone and Tabs

19 Jul

Are you still using post-its to record your pass words? Take control of your private information!  Now is the time to make use of that smart phone or tablet for yet another key function.  Free password management app for all OS’s …..read more

The Smart Phone Teacher Spring Newsletter 2013

19 May

SPt Spring 2013 Newsletter

Check out theSmartPhoneTeacher.com

Sale Philips- Shoqbox SB7200 You Save $50.00

28 Apr

Philips- Shoqbox SB 7200

Weekend  Hot-Deals through 4.28.13 Philips SB 7200 water resistent portable speaker ON SALE $129.99 Regular Price $179.99 You Save $50.00 FREE SHIPPING

Magnification of All Images on Smart Phones and Tablets for FREE

27 Mar

Magnifier Make things appear larger via a FREE downloadable app for all smart phones and/or tablets.  Yet another item a portable devices can replace.  Never worry where the magnifying glass / reading glasses may be, simply grab your smart phone or tablet for larger images….read more

Verizon Announces IMessaging for Android iOS and Web

24 Mar

A new feature was announced by Verizon on 3.21.2013, cross-platform text messaging app for Android and iOS devices.  The service update  allows users to send a text message to a PC, Android smart phone, and Android or iOS tablet.   Users will never miss a message again,  the update also provides the message to be stored on the Verizon cloud for up to 90 days or stored indefinitely on an SD card. …read more

Verizon Messages

Android download here

Apple (available in iTunes)

PC can access from within your My Verizon account.

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