Tag Archives: Mobile Phone

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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Follow the “40-80 rule” for charging your phone

All this time I have been waiting till my iPhone gets to less than 15%, then charging it overnight to 100%. But it turns out that’s wrong, wrong, wrong!

Most battery manufacturers recommend not letting your phone deplete below 40% or charge more than 80%.

So once your phone gets down to 40% charge, plug it in.
Then once it hits 80% charge, unplug it.

Avoid leaving your phone plugged in all night because that takes it up to 100%, which is not ideal. Doh!!

(Of course, sometimes you need it charged to 100% and that’s fine. This tip is about everyday-life usage.)


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

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Five Things to Massively Simplify Your Day

I posted these tips almost exactly 3 years ago. Did you see them? Read on.

How many times have we heard the words, “if only I had known that yesterday”!

Are you using these five tips?
They make a difference to my life every day. The time investment it takes you to read and implement them will be repaid to you many, many times in time, effort and satisfaction.

  1. Simplify your Emailing with this quick way to find an Email recipient’s name, using Ctrl K
  2. Make your computer type “University of Canterbury” (and other repetitive long phrases) for you
  3. Use Outlook Quick Steps to avoid repetitively entering email address names
  4. Lock your computer when you step away from it
  5. Archive of Tech Tips

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

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Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Struggling With Keyboard Shortcuts?

If you’re struggling with keyboard shortcuts, you may not know about this….

When you hover your mouse over some toolbar icons in Microsoft Office programs, the keyboard shortcut is displayed.
When you hover your mouse over some toolbar icons in Microsoft Office programs, the keyboard shortcut is displayed.

When you hover your mouse cursor over most icons in Microsoft Office programs, a pop-up appears, explaining the tool and displaying the shortcut. So instead of clicking an icon on a toolbar, use the shortcut as often as you can – just hovering over an icon from time to time for a reminder of a shortcut.

Meanwhile, have a look at the Keyboard shortcuts section of the Being more efficient with your technology site.


For great time-saving tips, look up:
Technology Information for Staff website

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