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2 more Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

Last week we looked at 3 ways to make our cell phone batteries last longer.  Today we have 2 more.

I’ll refer to the Apple iPhone here, but the principles apply to all cell phones.

1) Set your email to fetch manually
If your email is automatically fetching every few minutes, that is taking your battery life away.
You can select the option to check for new email manually, unless you suffer from extreme FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
Go to:
>Settings >Mail, Contacts, Calendars >Fetch New Data, and select Manual.
However, do note that when you check for new email you will have to open the email app and then swipe your finger down from the top of the screen to force it to check for new email. That’s the Manual part of the deal!

This next one I was already going to add, but I want to credit Glen Koorey who suggested it last week in the comments. Thanks Glen!

2) Don’t let apps track your location
GPS is another major battery sucker.
You can deactivate the option to share your location from:
>Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
Either turn everything off, or select app by app.

Adapted from:  5 simple iPhone tricks that will make your battery last way longer

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Learning and Development

Vice-Chancellor & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award Winners 2015

Congratulations to all our winners!

Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards 2015

The Awards were held to recognise and assist exceptional professional development initiatives, such as: Further study; Visits to other higher educational institutions; Staff exchanges; Specialised training; and conferences

Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor, presented awards to the following recipients at the awards on 21st August 2015

  • Anna Sturman
  • Donna Barber
  • Gavin Blackwell
  • Sara Roberts
VC General Staff Awards and Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards, 21.8.15 Client HR.
VC General Staff Awards

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards 2015

The Awards are designed to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health & Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor, presented awards to the following recipients at the awards on 21st August 2015

  • Silvana de Freitas Costa
  • Jenny Owens
  • Olive Dalton
  • Adam Pethig & Katrina Stanton (absent)
  • Dennis Parker & Rebecca McIlroy
VC General Staff Awards and Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards, 21.8.15 Client HR.
Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards

Please see the Human Resources Intranet for a full description of the award winners.

3 Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

Remember when our cell phones used to stay alive for days without any need to charge them? But that was before they could do everything.

We now  depend on these powerful handheld computers more than ever, referring to them numerous times throughout the day – but let’s face it, the battery usually runs out sooner than we think it should, and at times this can be a major problem.

Here are three simple tips to manage your battery life so that you’ll be able to send that last tweet before going to sleep.
Next week I’ll share some more.

I’ll refer to the Apple iPhone here, but the principles apply to all cell phones.

1) Turn off the connections you are not using
To switch off  cellular/mobile data, go into:
>Settings > Cellular (or Mobile), and turn off Cellular Data / Mobile Data.
Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular data (also called mobile data) (3G-4G) are awesome to keep you connected to the world, but they drain your battery like nothing else (except maybe the camera app or a video). Switch these off anytime you are not using them and your battery life will increase significantly. You can turn Wifi and Bluetooth off by swiping up on your home screen and tapping their symbols.

Turning off cellular/mobile data is a little more drastic because you then won’t be able to browse the web or receive email, unless you’re connected to WiFi. So you might not switch it off very often. However, if you really need to conserve battery power, switching off cellular/mobile data while you don’t need it is one way to do so. Just remember you’ll need to switch it back on when you need to to browse the web or receive email.

2) Decrease the brightness of your screen
Naturally, your screen takes a lot of energy to work. While you need your screen on in order to use your phone, you can turn down the brightness by swiping up from the home screen.
Or better still, switch on Auto-Brightness:
>Settings >Display & Brightness >Auto-Brightness
After all, why have the screen blazing away when it’s daylight? Auto-Brightness senses the ambient light-levels and adjusts the screen accordingly.

3) DON’T close the apps you open
Well, first we were told we should be closing all our apps. Now we are told that having some apps open in the background doesn’t consume more battery than opening and closing them all the time. Closing apps to save battery is a myth. So, if you’re an iPhone user, leave them alone.

Adapted from:  5 simple iPhone tricks that will make your battery last way longer

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Learning and Development

Do you know what to do when the sea gets rough?

“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm” – Publilius Syrus

Don’t wait until you hit rough waters to learn what to do!
Managers/Heads/Leaders – Acquire the necessary skills from our courses before you need them…

Fostering Innovation & Leading Change (17 September)

Negotiation Skills (22 September)

Financial Skills for UC Managers (13 October)

Addressing Poor Performance (15 October)

Managing People – The UC Context (20 October)

To register – the form is on the webpage of each course


Not what you are looking for? Contact the L&D Team!
learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

Be Involved in Your Learning

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I Learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Have you been to our Delivering Service at UC workshop?
Ideal for those who are new to UC &/or work directly with our customers. (24 September ’16)

Are you involved in organising meetings and taking minutes? Come to The Art of Minute Taking. (8 September ’16)

Do you need to Negotiate? Persuade? Interact? Or communicate? We’d love to see you at our Negotiation Skills course.
(22 September ’16)

To register – the form is on the webpage of each course


Not what you are looking for? Contact the L&D Team!
learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz