Enigin Advice to Save Energy on your Smart Phone
At Enigin we all use smartphones - whether Apple iPhones, Android or Blackberry’s. Most, if not all of our Enigin Distributors are also seen using them when they turn up for Enigin Mindshare training courses.
Not that we, or Enigin Distributors, are in the minority, far from it - smart phones are de rigueur in most countries.
Smartphones have many applications and functions, often left running in the background, unnoticed by the user. Many not realising that they drain the phone’s battery.
A few simple “energy saving” tricks will not only enable the phone to retain its charge but also extend the handsets life. There are also a few apps out there to help.
Mobile expert and freelance author Daniel Lueders reveals that screen illumination, satellite navigation systems like GPS (satnav) and data transfers via UMTS are among the most energy-intensive functions out there.
So, one easy way to conserve battery life is to change screen illumination settings to the lowest level, something done simply enough with most phones.
That does leaves accessing websites via UMTS and navigation programmes like Google Maps to eat up your battery life.
One tip is to make sure that navigation software is turned off as soon as a destination’s coordinates are found. Otherwise, the software can continue to run in the background, leaving a smartphone drained after two hours, says Lueders. If you’re willing to only use a phone for calls, even if only for a short time, then deactivate your UMTS function.
Another useful idea is to switch to airplane mode, which turns off the satnav system, particularly especially when travelling on a stretch with a lot of tunnels, since the smartphone will burn up a lot of energy looking for a provider.
The same goes for wireless functions as your phone will permanently looking for accessible networks.
Many smartphones that use the Android operating system include a page on their settings menu that show which applications use the most energy.
Another idea is to turn off the automatic downloading of emails, change to manually download them.
There is also a host of new, smaller apps designed to help save energy.
An example for Android phones is the free app “Juice Defender”, which provides an automatic settings designed to extend battery life. The software determines if one is home or in the office and then activates functions based upon one’s location, turning off unneeded ones.
These actions can double or even triple your battery life.
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