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Save battery life: disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Background App Refresh

Having your mobile phone’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Background App refresh switched on in the background is a big drain on battery life.

Apart from the screen, one of the biggest drains on a mobile phone’s battery life is the energy the phone wastes trying to find and connect to Wi-Fi or data networks, and refreshing your apps. If you’ve ever noticed your battery plummeting while traveling in a car, it’s probably because your device is working overtime to connect to a mobile network as well as look for fresh content on all your apps.

So, when you don’t need those features, switch them off.

Go into your settings and switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Also, selectively switch off Background App refresh – you don’t need them refreshing all the time! You certainly don’t need ALL of them refreshing ALL the time. (You can manually refresh them.)

Reducing screen brightness and the length of time it takes your phone to go to sleep are also easy ways to extend your battery life.

Thanks for this tip to: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/how-to-improve-battery-life-tips-myths-smartphones

Also check out: Follow the “40-80 rule” for charging your phone


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Making An Emergency Call On-Campus Using Your Mobile Phone

In 2015 I did a tip on who to call in an emergency situation on campus. Answer: call security on 6111.

What about an emergency call on-campus using your mobile phone?

If you are faced with an emergency on-campus and are using your mobile phone to call for help, call 0800 823 637. This is the emergency Security number. Program this into your phone now.

Why call the emergency Security number and not 111?

Emergency Services can easily have trouble finding you on the campus.
Security will:
– Ask you for relevant details, such as your name, your contact number, nature of your emergency, incident location, etc.
– Call emergency services (if required)
– Attend the site with an Artificial External Defibrillator (AED) (if required) – all security staff are trained first responders
– Bring Health Centre Staff to the site (if required)
– Meet the emergency services at a designated place on campus and escort them to the scene of the incident.

If you are NOT on-campus and need to make an emergency call, call 111. You can call 111 on a mobile phone even if the phone is out of credit. See the Emergency services website for information on calling emergency services in New Zealand.


For more great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

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Speed Up Your Mobile Phone Charging

Just like everyone else you probably want your mobile phone to charge up as quickly as possible (even more so if you’re in a rush).

Put it in Airplane Mode

Switch on Airplane Mode when charging and it will use much less battery life and thus charge faster.

(Why? Because it won’t be busy checking for email and updating Facebook and all sorts of other background activity – all of which uses the battery and makes charging take longer.)

3 Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer

2 more Tips to make your cell phone battery last longer


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Use Your Cell Phone As A Scanner

Microsoft Office Lens is a free app that uses your cell phone to take a photo – from any angle – of whiteboards, sticky notes, receipts, tickets, business cards, etc, and straightens the image for you. You can then email it (to yourself, for example), or copy it to OneNote.

This a real benefit if you are taking photos of whiteboards, which are often at the wrong angle or have light reflecting off them.

You are probably used to using your cell phone’s camera to do all this anyway – the difference here is that you don’t have to worry about getting it straight – the app does that for you.


Note
: access the app from the App Store on your phone.

 


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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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