Dec 052010
 

Improve Your Android Operating System’s Battery lifes

Set display brightness to adjust automatically. Turning down the brightness is obvious. But the automatic adjustment setting is less well known. Activating it means the OS will automatically dim its display in darker environments, including seemingly well-lit indoor rooms.

Reduce e-mail and social networking website polling. This is a big one. Set your various messaging apps to “manual” and you’ll instantly extend your device’s battery life by a significant amount.

Kill extra tasks. This one is controversial, because Android does its own task management. Each new version of Android has improved automatic task management. But some programs still misbehave, especially social-networking apps that like to poll the Internet frequently. Having a task killer like Advanced Task killer around can help neutralize unexpected network access and lengthen you’re your battery life.

Turn hardware features off. It’s great that today’s phones have GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all three activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background. The constant drain on the battery will become noticeable fast.

Dump unnecessary home screen widgets. Just because they’re sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn’t mean they’re not consuming power.

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