Get more out of your Lumia 920 Battery
The Lumia 920 is one of the best Windows Phone in the market today but it’s not without its share of issues. One problem that many users came across was the battery life , let us face it with the size of current gen devices and the high end specs the battery is drained out pretty quick . They really take a pounding from all the new innovations that goes in to the device : GPS, NFC, etc
So today we will be taking a look at some tips to improve the battery life. There are a few features built in to the OS like the Battery saver feature you can access it from Settings > Battery Saver. The issue with this is that this will prevent your phone from automatically receive email, live tile updates, calendar updates, etc .. which basically cripples your Windows Phone, so we are going to look at something less drastic. You might want to download an app like Shortcut Tiles which is available for free right now , this was a part of the App Deals recently.
1) Change email sync time to 15/30 minutes instead of “as items arrive”
To do this go in to Email >Settings >Sync Settings >Download New Content
2) Reduce the screen brightness
Select Settings > Brightness > Level . I prefer to disable the automatic feature and just go with low brightness unless I am outdoors.
3) Set a short Screen lockout time
Let us not leave the screen on if we are not using the phone, the best way to be get in to the habit of taping on the power button after use or if you can’t be bothered doing that set a short fuse on the Screen lockout time. You can change this from here Settings > Lock Screen (Lock+wallpaper). Not related to battery life but should you want to spice up that lockscreen head over to our Wallpapers section.
4) Turn off Background tasks for apps that you don’t often use.
You don’t want to have too many apps running in the background trying to update the live tile, the good thing is you can selectively pick the apps you want to run in the background. To set this up head over to Settings > Applications > Background Tasks. Select the app you want to block, and hit block.
5) Are you really using Bluetooth ?
If you are not using a wireless audio device chaces are you don’t need Bluetooth to be on , you can get this done by going in to Settings > Bluetooth > Status (Searching and discoverable) set it to off.
6) WiFi uses less power than Mobile data
So where possible use WiFi to get data on to your device, that said you don’t need to constantly search for WiFi , so switch that off. To get this done go into Settings > WiFi > Advanced and disable Notify me when new networks are found.
7) Disable keys press vibration and sound.
To access this feature just head over to Settings > ringtones+sounds and disable vibration and sound.
8) xBox Live Games
If you don’t use online games on xBox live ( there are aren’t many anayways ) you might as well disable connection to Xbox live preventing it from constantly searching for game requests to do this you have to go here Settings > Connect With Xbox live .
9) xBox Music
If you don’t use xBox music or don’t have a Xbox music pass you can safely disable Xbox music cloud collection, if you like the phone to pull background images for the music you are currently playing you might want to leave connect with Xbox music on. To get this done you have to go in to the Music Hub and choose settings.
You don’t need NFC on 24/7 just enable it when you need it. Head over to Settings > tap+send and switch it off
11) You don’t want to constantly check for Phone Updates.
Chances are when you follow any Windows Phone blogs or your Mobile Service Provider they will let you know if there is a new update being pushed out.
These are some of the tips I have to save that overworked battery on your smartphone, you can even go further and disable Backup and manually do it but I prefer to have my phone automatically handle the backup. Do give these tips a short and let us know how well these worked out for you.
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