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Battery Life

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  • Last Updated 09/05/2013






"LG would like to share additional tips which can help extend battery life for your device."


Android phones are versatile in usage and battery life can vary greatly depending on how a user uses his/her Android phone. Regardless of how you use your Android device, there are things you can do to make the most of your phone’s power. 

Follow simple steps to boost your battery usage in a day and get the most out of each charge. The general principle is to get rid of the things you don’t use that are draining the battery the most, and play with the settings of things that you need to use.

Continue to reveiw a comprehensive tutorial on how to twiddle with the settings of an Android phone to get the best battery life.

"Look for the little things to help extend battery life."


  1. Manage Animated Wallpaper

Live wallpaper or any eye candy features are CPU intensive

To extend battery life, you may want to use static wallpaper rather than animated wallpaper

Select Menu key > Wallpaper on Homescreen to change wallpaper.

  1. Disable downloaded Widgets you don’t use

There are some widgets you downloaded from Market that are pulling data from the web, that means they are likely pulling down data in the background all the time.  You should try not to go overboard with these.   Be cautious in the widgets you download  from the Market.  Some of them may be constantly pulling data to your phone in the background, using battery constantly.

Popular applications such as The Weather Channel, The Coupons app, and ESPN ScoreCenter all pull down data to your phone.

  1. Manage Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash set to default settings ‘Always’, loads every piece of Flash content on every web page. It is possible to change this so the browser only loads Flash when instructed to;

Open the browser, hit the menu key, go to Settings > Enable Plug-ins and set it to On Demand.  So you choose to load Flash content. 

  1. Reduce RSS feed update frequency

Staying current with the news is fine, but updating feeds constantly in the background can impact battery life.

Plenty of third-party apps set their defaults to poll at a set period of time. Others may offer a choice. Use the choice, changing the refresh / update interval can help extend battery life.

"Here are some of the features that can drain battery life."


  1. Cellular Data

The cellular and data connection consumes battery, especially if you live or work in poor coverage areas.

You can turn your data connection on and off by going to Settings > Wireless & Networks >Mobile networks

Toggle mobile data on when you need it, turn it off when you don’t.

If you are just planning on talking, texting or sending a quick text without attaching any large files, 2G (i.e. 1X) is more than sufficient.  You can turn data back on when you’re browsing and need the extra speed. 

If you commute to work by using public transportation such as the subway where the device cannot get  the mobile network, ‘turn on’ airplane mode .  Use the Power Control widget to ‘turn on’ Airplane mode or simply go to Settings > Wireless & networks > Check Airplane mode.  Remember to turn airplane mode off, when you reach your destination.

  1. Screen

[Auto Brightness]

LG phone is designed for auto brightness which adjust brightness level in various lighting conditions.  However, if user can work with less than what auto-brightness uses, then minimize the screen’s battery usage by turning down the brightness.

Change this setting by going to Settings > Display > Brightness or simply use Power Control widget. 

Placing the power control widget on your home screen makes toggling between low and high brightness a lot easier.

Uncheck  “Automatic Brightness” and turn the brightness down to the lowest acceptable level.

[Timeout]

Default screen timeout is 1 minute.  If user can work with 15 or 30 seconds

lowering the “Screen Timeout from default 1 minute to 15 or 30 seconds under Settings > Display is another way to conserve battery

Press the lock/pwr button when done using the phone rather than let the phone’s backlight go off on its own after 1 min helps conserving battery life as well, especially if the phone has Wi-Fi turned on (it constantly searches for networks to connect to, while the screen is on).

 

"Use of some Hardware (HW) features can also drain the battery."


  1. Bluetooth
  • If you don’t use a Bluetooth headset, turn off Bluetooth either by using the “Power Control” widget or going to Bluetooth menu under the Settings > Wireless & Networks

    If you use a Bluetooth headset, have it connected to the phone all the time. 

    Keep it connected  to phone all the time because connected headset can go into sleep mode so both phone and headset consume less battery.   

    If you transfer files over Bluetooth from your computer, turn off Bluetooth on your phone after transmission is complete by either using the “Power Control” widget or going to Settings > Wireless & networks > Bluetooth

  1. GPS (location)
  • GPS only turns on when you use if for applications such as Google Maps, Navigation Apps (i.e. VZ Nav, AT&T Navigator, etc.), and other applications and it will cause more consumption whenever it’s being used.

    If you use location services with Movies,OpenTable, Yelp, or Browser (Menu > More > Settings > Location), then it may be turning on more often than you realize. Turn off GPS when you are not using it, and then turn it on when it’s time to use GPS by using power control Widget or simply going to Settings > Location & Security.  Please note there are three GPS settings.  Each of them can be used by the application in any given situation.

     

    1. Wi-Fi

    When Wi-Fi network is available use it.  However if there is no Wi-Fi or if you are not planning to use Wi-Fi, conserve your battery by ‘turning off’ Wi-Fi.    Use Power Control Widget or go to Settings à Wireless & networks à Wi-Fi to toggle between Wi-Fi on and off.

    1. Mobile Hotspot (for applicable devices. Review Specifications for device compatibility)

    Mobile Hotspot consumes a lot of battery since it acts as Wi-Fi access point  and does not go into sleep mode.

    Always plug the phone into a power outlet and ensure battery life is not impacted by using this feature.

    If you are only going to share phone’s data connection with one PC, you are better off using USB tethering since the phone will also charge  while in USB mode.

    To prevent from forgetting to turn off this feature after you are done sharing the data connection, please go to the “Power Management” setting to enable the phone to turn off the feature when there is no activity in the network.> Advanced > Power Management >

     

"Be sure to monitor the amount of data your applications use."


Data-Heavy Apps

While some apps, like Gmail, use battery efficient push notifications, there are other applications that poll the server for data ever so often for new notifications.  You want to make sure these are using battery efficient intervals.  For instance, you may not need your Twitter app checking for new tweet updates every fifteen minutes.  

Set various messaging apps to “manual” and you’ll instantly extend the device’s battery life.

But if you want it to sync automatically, you should at least set it to sync less frequently.    

Facebook and Twitter by LG are set to 15 minutes for refresh interval.  Please change the interval if you don’t have to check on the status this often by going to each applications’ Settings > Auto refresh

 

"Manage Downloaded Applications"


  1. Update Your downloaded Apps

Applications often get updated to use less battery power; you should make sure your apps are up to date. Even if you select  "update automatically," some apps require that you manually install updates. Check for app updates in the Market app by tapping the menu key and going to “My apps”.

  1. Disable or Remove applications that you don’t use

Once you have identified the application that you don’t want running all the time, check in the settings to see if it can be removed from  running in the background.  Some applications will give you an option for notification that can be turned off if you don’t need them, making the application not check in the background so often.

You can remove the apps by going to Settings > Applications > Manage applications

You can check the availability of newer version of the downloaded applications by going to “My apps”

For addtional troubleshooting, check the customer symptoms and select a different symptom/sub symptom combination.

 

"Making you battery last: Here are a few tips to help extend battery life for your device".


There's a lot you can do to make the battery in your Windows Phone last longer between charges. The easiest way is to use Battery Saver. You can set it so that it'll turn on any time your battery gets too low, or if you know in advance that you're going to need to make every bit count, you can turn it on to make sure your battery lasts as long as possible.

"Look for the little things to help extend battery life."


When you turn on Battery Saver, your phone automatically turns off some of the features on your phone that use battery in the background. So when Battery Saver is on, your phone will no longer:

  1. Automatically receive email or calendar updates – You can still sync your email manually whenever you want.
  2. Update some Live Tiles – The technical explanation is that if a Tile uses something called push notification to get its updates, it'll stop receiving those updates in Battery Saver mode. But the upshot is that when Battery Saver is on, some of your Tiles won't be updated.
  3. Allow apps to run in the background – You'll only be able to use an app if it's open.

You can still make and receive phone calls and text messages, and browse the Internet. We've also put together some battery-saving tips to help you get started. The key is to find the balance between getting the most out of your phone while getting the battery life you need.

Steps to turn on Battery Saver:

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, tap Settings , then tap Battery saver.
  2. Do one or both of the following:

• If you want Battery Saver to turn on whenever the battery gets to 20%, select Always turn on Battery Saver when battery is low.

• If you want to turn on Battery Saver now and leave it on until the next time you plug in your phone, select Turn on Battery Saver now until next charge.

When Battery Saver is on, the battery icon looks like this:

Note When Battery Saver is on, you won't be able to change the settings for features that are disabled (like email, for example).
To change a setting, go to Settings > Battery Saver, and clear all of the check boxes. You can turn it on again when you're done.

"Here are some of the features that can drain battery life."


Reduce the time before the screen turns off Set a shorter Screen time-out duration and set your phone to lock. This helps save battery power and also prevents your phone from turning on by accident when you put it away.

Lower the brightness setting:
On Start, flick left to the App list and tap Settings Settings icon. Tap Brightness, turn off Automatically adjust, and then select the Level that you want to use instead.

Use a dark background theme
On Start, flick left to the App list and tap Settings Settings icon. Tap Theme, tap Background, and then tap Dark.

Sync music and pictures at your computer:

  1. When you're at your computer, connect your phone and sync your favorite music and pictures to it using the Zune software.
  2. You can then enjoy your favorite pictures and songs on your phone, even if you're in an area with poor reception. Of course there's a lot of music out there that might not be in your collection, and streaming lets you enjoy new stuff while you're on the go.
  3. But if your battery is running low or you can't be around a computer or an outlet, avoid long periods of streaming music because it uses more power.
  4. If you listen to your playlists with the screen turned off, make sure that the current playlist doesn't include streaming items.
  5. And if you're not a Zune Music Pass subscriber, you can turn off Connect with Zune in the Music + videos settings.


"Use of some Hardware features can also drain the battery."


Turn off connections you're not using

When Bluetooth is turned on, your phone checks continuously for available accessories. So if you're not using a Bluetooth accessory, you can turn Bluetooth off.

Also, if you listen to music or talk on the phone for hours, try using headphones instead of a Bluetooth device. And if you are using a Bluetooth accessory or the speaker in a call, press the Power Power icon button to turn the screen off

Not using games now? Then you can turn off the Connect to Xbox LIVE setting in the Games settings.

Sync email and contacts selectively To make your battery last a little longer, try one or more of these sync-related tips:

  1. Change the sync settings for your email accounts to a longer interval, especially for secondary accounts that you don't need to check as often. You can change the sync setting on a per-account basis. (On Start, flick left to the App list, tap Settings , and then tap Email & accounts. Tap the account that you want to change the sync settings for, tap Download new content, choose a longer interval, and then tap Done .)
  2. If you don't use any Windows Live services and don't have an email account hosted by Microsoft, such as a Hotmail account, go into the Windows Live account settings and change the default sync setting to Manually.
  3. Choose which contacts are synced to your phone. If your email account doesn't include any contacts that you want to keep on your phone, you can choose to not have them synced to your phone. You can also keep your Facebook contacts separate from your other contacts too, which should help reduce the total number of contacts synced to your phone.
  4. Be mindful that each time you visit What's New for People and Pictures, your phone uses extra power to sync and update.

Picture-taking tips:

  1. When you're done taking a picture, press the Back button to exit the camera viewfinder. (You can also press the Power Power icon button to put your phone to sleep.) When the viewfinder is active, the screen stays on longer.
  2. Also, when it's time to upload pictures, upload only the ones you want to keep and skip those not-so-great ones. This saves power—and saves you time later when you want to sort your pics at your computer.

    Warning
    Do not remove or replace the battery when the phone is turned on. If you have a spare battery, turn off your phone, and then replace the battery in your phone
    with the spare. This helps ensure that your data is saved properly. To turn off your phone, press and hold the Power Power icon button for three seconds until the goodbye message appears and the screen goes dark.

 

"LG would like to share additional tips which can help extend battery life for your device."


During normal operation and use of the phone, the capacity of the phone's battery will be reduced over time. If you have another battery, rotate use of the batteries periodically.

It is a good pratice to charge your battery after three fourths of the battery is discharged. Review the User Guide for instructions on checking remaining battery percentage.

 

"Look for the little things to help extend battery life."


Here are a few tips that can help extend the life of your battery:

  1. Always use the original LG phone charger.
  2. When charging the phone, remove the phone from the charger as soon as charging is completed.
  3. Keep the battery charged all the time. Avoid letting the battery discharge completely.
  4. Avoid high heat and levels of humidity.

Tips to keep battery life longer during phone calls:

  1. Avoid using the phone in underground, mountain, or areas where the signal strength is low.
  2. Phone conversations that take place in an area with low signal will drain the phone's battery faster than in areas where signal strength is high.
  3. If you are in an area that has no signal at all such as an airplane, building, or tunnel turn you phone off until you are in an area that has a signal.

"Here are some of the features that can drain battery life."


  1. Display

[Display Backlight]

The backlight settings is designed to provide the necessary light for short periods of time. However, some users like to have the backlight on at all times (if available). However, if user can set the light to be illuminated for less time, this will then minimize the screen’s battery usage by adjusting the timer on the Display/Keypad backlight.

Review the User Guide for instructions on changing these settings.

[Wallpaper]

Some of LG multimedia (feature) devices offer users the ability to choose Animated Wallpapers. The use of these wallpapers will draw more battery than a standard wallpaper. Adjusting the wallpaper can reduce the amount of battery drainage.

Review the User Guide for instructions on changing these settings.

[Sound Settings]

The vibrate alert is a good option to use when the user is in "low or no volume" areas. Otherwise, the use can turn of the vibrtae alert to conserve battery.

 

"Use of some Hardware features can also drain the battery."


  1. Bluetooth
  • If you don’t use a Bluetooth headset, turn off Bluetooth. Review the User Guide for instructions on changing this setting.

    If you use a Bluetooth headset, have it connected to the phone all the time. 

    Keep it connected  to phone all the time because connected headset can go into sleep mode so both phone and headset consume less battery.   

    If you transfer files over Bluetooth from your computer, turn off Bluetooth on your phone after transmission is complete. Review the User Guide for instructions on changing this setting.

    1. Games & Music

Game applications on mobile device consume a lot power. This is due in part to the display light having to remain on during use. When trying to conserve battery power, reduce the time playing games, or even listening to music/radio.

 

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Customer Education:
Tips to extend Battery life:

  • Always use the original LG phone charger.
  • When charging the phone, remove the phone from the charger as soon as charging is completed.
  • Keep the battery charged all the time. Avoid letting the battery discharge completely.
  • Avoid high heat and levels of humidity.

 

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