Whether you’re running stock Android on a Nexus or a customized version on a Galaxy S5, here you will find simple tips and tweaks that will help you to understand more about what’s going on with your device and how to get you more battery life.
What follows is a series of tips to help you get the most out of the battery in your Android smartphone or tablet. Feel free to pick and choose the tips you think will help the most – there’s certainly no need to do everything listed here!
1. Knowledge is power, so the first thing to do is to see what’s sucking at your battery the hardest.
To do this go to Settings > Battery to get a breakdown. From here you’ll be presented with a list of features and applications that are draining your battery the hardest, and if you see a feature or service sucking up a lot of power, you can shut it off.
2. One of the biggest draws on the battery will be the device’s screen. The brighter the screen, the more power it takes. Therefore, by cutting down on the brightness of the screen you can get more time out of your battery.
Go to Settings > Display > Brightness (or swipe down from the top-right and click on Brightness) and turn down the display to a point where it’s just bright enough for you.
While you’re there, you can disable auto brightness.
3. Your Android device is doing a lot behind your back, checking for new emails, tweets, and so forth. All this takes battery life, and if it’s not something that bothers you – maybe you’re content with opening the email or Twitter client to check for messages – then you can disable it.
From Settings choose the account you want to check or change the settings of. Disable the syncing of anything that’s not important to you.
4. The GPS radio is a power-hungry piece of hardware, and if you don’t want to know where you are the whole time you can make a change that will save you some battery life.
Tap Settings > Location > Mode and change the mode to Battery saving.
5. One of the most effective ways of prolonging battery life is to disable the cellular and wi-fi radios, and you can do this easily by putting the device into Aeroplane Mode.
Swipe down from the top-right and tap Aeroplane Mode.
6. I use Battery Widget Reborn because it doesn’t seem to contribute to draining the battery it is monitoring and it has an automatic night time airplane mode setting, but there are loads to choose from (just make sure it doesn’t make the problem worse!).
7. Tap on Settings > Apps and swipe to the left to get to Running.
There you’ll see a list of apps that are currently running and you can tap on each one to see what they’re doing, and you can stop any apps that you don’t need running in the background all of the time.
8. There’s no such thing as something for nothing, so get rid of anything you’re not using or don’t find useful.
Clock on Apps and swipe left to go to Widgets to see what’s installed.
Live wallpapers are a far bigger drain on your device’s battery than static wallpapers, so if you want the most out of your battery, don’t use them.
Tap Settings > Display > Wallpaper to check or change your settings.
9. Since we’ve already ascertained that the screen is one of the biggest drains on a device, it makes sense to not have it on when you’re not using the device. Set it to go to sleep after a short interval.
To do this tap Settings > Display > Sleep to change the interval. I keep it around 15 to 30 seconds.
10. Some devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 feature an ultra power saving mode that reduces functionality offered so you get more life out of whatever battery you have left.
Useful if you’re in a power jam, but they reduce functionality dramatically.
11. I charge up my devices when I’m on the move.
If you only have one device then a single output device like this Belkin Universal Car Charger will work ($24.99), but if you have multiple devices then you might want a dual or even triple output charger.
12. Why rely on the battery inside your device when you can carry a spare power pack with you and use this to charge up your device? Anker have a range of packs to suit all needs, from the occasional recharge to recharging multiple devices simultaneously.
Source: Associated Press
If you are upgrading from one old computer to other or When you or one of your employees gets a new company computer, you might need to transfer a large amount of data from your old computer to the new computer. The fastest and easiest way to transfer from PC to PC is to use the company’s local area network as the transfer medium. With both computers connected to the network, you can map the hard drive of one computer as a hard drive on the other computer and then drag and drop files between computers using Windows explorer.
Access the old computer and look up the computer’s IP address. Click “Start” and select “Control Panel.” Click “Network and Sharing Center.” Select “Change Adapter Settings” from the menu on the left.
Locate the icon with blue-colored screens that does not have a red “X” next to it. For example, choose “Local Area Connection.” Right-click the icon and choose “Status.” Click “Details…” and record the number on the line labeled “IPV4 Address.” An example would be “192.168.1.100.” Click “Close” on the Details window and “Close” on the Status window.
Determine the drive on the old computer that has files you want to transfer to the new computer.
Access the new computer. Click “Start” and select “Computer.” Choose “Map network drive” from the menu. Choose a drive letter in the Drive box.
Enter the address of the old computer in the box labeled “Folder.” Type two backslashes, the IPV4 address of the old computer, another backslash, the old computer drive letter and a dollar sign. For example, type “\\192.168.1.100\c$” (without the quotes). Click to remove the check mark from the box labeled “Reconnect at logon.” Click “Finish” to initiate the connection to the old PC.
Enter a username and password that has administrative rights to the old computer when the system prompts you to sign in. Click “OK” to complete the drive mapping and open a window with the contents of old computer drive “C:.”
Click “Start” and select “Computer” on the new computer to open a second Windows Explorer window. Position the two windows so you can easily drag files back and forth between them. Locate the files you want to transfer. Drag the files from one window to the other to copy them from one PC to the other.
Make sure you always open ALL THE FILES you just transfer before deleting any from the original destination to avoid any data loss. As per a recent study 40 – 50% of all backups are not fully recoverable and up to 60% of all backups fail in general.
Disasters that threaten a business can happen anywhere at any time. But no matter how it is caused, a loss of data, or access to data for any kind of extended period, inevitably means a loss of revenue, a loss of productivity, a loss of reputation, and increased costs.
When in doubt contact Stellar Phoenix Solutions.