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How to Improve Battery Management on Android, iOS, Windows

15 Jul

Last I checked the leading issue on smart phones is getting through an entire day without not running to a source of power.  I know of many sweet gadgets that will allow me to reboot throughout the day but what can my “SMART PHONE” do?  There are always additional options for 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 2G / 3G and 4G 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. 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 and Windows 8

Many portable devices now have a stock app which has battery management / saver options.  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.  Apps NOT TO DUPLICATE Antivirus, Malware, and task killers!

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.

Log into Lookout.com from any computer or tablet to;

-Locate your lost / missing device.

-Sound a loud alarm to find your device if you think its nearby.

-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

Juice Defender-battery saver   Juice Defender – Battery Saver  Packed with smart functions, it automatically manages the most battery draining components, like 3G / 4G connectivity and WiFi. Android download here

Juice Defender-battery saver   Juice Defender-battery saver

System Status Lite   System Status Lite Monitor and optimize your iPhone and iPad performance.  Battery monitoring, CPU monitoring.   Apple downloads via iTunes

System Status Lite  System Status Lite

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

ios7 close apps  You will be able to swipe from left to right and simply flick the desired “screen” up to close it out.

Battery Doctor  Battery Doctor HD Will display remaining usage time.  Apple downloads via iTunes

Battery Doctor

Battery+   Battery+  Perfect way to see battery status and remaining charge percentage on your main screen and lock screen.  Windows 8 download here

Battery+     Battery+

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Evernote 5 Update for Androids / Apple iOs

16 Apr

As of late (6.17.2014) Evernote now integrates with Sunrise a calendar app (Andorid and iOS),reminds you from Evernote, and syncs up with an assortment of other event planning apps; Tripit, Songkick and a few more…. although at this time event can can’t be edited from other apps or services.

Evernote has provides many media file features ; camera improvements, making it possible to take multiple photos of documents or anything else while saving all under one note.  Very similar to Skitch which allows you to draw in various colors (see Skitch for additional tips & tricks).

Shortcuts, were also updated for Android users, users can jump to notes, notebooks and tags that are accessed frequently.  For premium users Document Search is now available, search in attached office documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Evernote adds a level of connectivity to your various devices;  (smart phones, tablets) for all OS’s, including laptops and all desktops.  Stay connected for school projects and/or team projects, capture pictures and/or storage of pic file(s) including those captured from Skitch.  Create notes to self, access files frequently shared, there are so many more functions of life one may utilize Evernote.

Several apps and/or OS’s are  now taking  steps to communicate efficiently across multiple devices enough for me to choose one and only one cloud based provider for personal and professional  storage of files.   The industry is still accommodating to the general public on ease of use, and functionality.   At this time they all provide ample storage for any one person so it is an awesome time for users to try them all and identify which cloud based storage is best suited for your personal and professional use.  Below I have provided links to download.

 

Evernote at this time does no have an official storage limit, although you are permitted a monthly upload of 60Mb for FREE.  Annually 720Mb, and 7 Gb 10 years.

EVERNOTE Android download here

Black Berry download  here

Windows 8 download here

Apple     download here

Additional info click here

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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

The Smart Phone Teacher Spring Newsletter 2013

19 May

SPt Spring 2013 Newsletter

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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.

Google Play 1st Birthday FREE Games you Can Play Them Online/SmartPhone/Tablet

6 Mar

Google Play just turned 1 today 3.6.2013, and you get some great gifts all week long!  Come celebrate with some games for FREE!   Additional discounts are available via the Google Play app, books,music, and Apps so check it out today.   These apps are a great to kill a moment or two, while in the car or simply waiting in line. Don’t forget the lil-one’s they would love to celebrate Google’s 1st Birthday.

Royal Revolt ROYAL REVOLT  Google Play 1st Birthday Android download here   4 exclusive new Party Missions.  New music, sound effects and beautiful 3D graphics with intuitive touch controls.

 

Zenonia 5 Android ZENONIA® 5 download here    Special edition; find special edition items, gigantic village cake that has paid items  ( runs through 3/4 – 3/12/2013)

 

Clouds and SheepAndroid Clouds & Sheep download here  Keep your Sheep well fed and earn Happy points.  Clouds & Sheep is a FREE interactive game for those who are looking to compete with your friends on Facebook. Control the weather, plant  Parental lock available.    

Clouds and Sheep

Tablet

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McDonald’s FISHY FISHY Commercial-Funny Mouth Apps for Apple and Android

26 Feb

Mouthoff Mcdonald"s Mouthoff McDonald’s

Be Frankie the Fish, a kissy-face puffer fish or whatever suits your taste. Simply choose a mouth and put your phone to your face. Now talk, shout or SING! Or, just hit the music button and get your Fishy-Fishy on with a serenade from your favorite mouth.

Android download here

Apple download here

McDonalds Commercial FISHY FISHY ……..watch now

 

Funny Mouth Funny Mouth   

Lips move in real time mouths Select any 17 mouths and they will move in animate with your voice as you speak.  Hold your phone in front of your mouth and talk  

Funny Mouth

Android download here 

                                                             

   

 

                                                                                                     

       

Cool Mouths Lite Cool Mouth Lite 

Lips move in real time,  choose from over 50 different options.

Apple download here

How to Choose the Best SmartPhone Android vs. Windows 8 vs. iPhone

19 Feb

How to choose a smart phone….this is a question that can only be answered with a few “probing” questions.  This can take any seasoned consultant a few moments to identify.  Here we will begin with some general questions; How do you currently use your current phone?  What do you wish you could do on your next smartphone?  Do you use your phone for any professional needs?

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Notice I did not ask for what personal needs, the reason for this is because any smart phone should be used for FUN!  Most smart phone users go to the store with good intentions on which phone is best for their current needs and budget.  Although in reality it is a difficult task to select the best smart phone for all of your personal and professional needs.  This weeks best deals provide a solution in each operating system (OS) category (excluding Black Berry) so if you are new to the Smart Phone experience you may want to browse through my older posts to get familiar with some of the benefits of each OS.

A quick pointer….who is your email provider?  Better yet how many email accounts do you want to sync onto your Smartphone, and do you wish to sync/share those calendars?  Do you use Outlook? Do you wish to sync Outlook to your SmartPhone?  Does your employer / business have any applications that run exclusively on a specific OS?  Security is always a concern for portable devices and there are several things to consider in this area. Each OS has a degree of security, although each varies especially if an IT individual tweaks those security levels to fit your needs.  So all in all I leave you with a lot to process, but I do encourage you to contact me with all of your lingering questions.

Sincerely,

The Smart Phone Teacher

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