Top 10 HTC Desire Battery Life Increasing Tips [HD]





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Published on Oct 30, 2010

Here are my top 10 tips on making sure your HTC Desire/Nexus One battery lasts as long as possible. I can easily get a day and a half out of my Desire when applying these tips so hopefully you will be able to as well! Please comment or ask any questions below and please don't forget to subscribe!

1) Use the Power Control Widget - the gives you quick access to all the power-draining features of your phone and allows you to turn them on and off at the press of a button.

2) Mobile Data Widget - Add this to one of your screens to enable you to turn the phone's network data connection on and off. Keeping it off will drastically increase the life of your battery. Only turn it on if you are out of WiFi range and need to send/receive some data. Turning Mobile Data off does not effect being able to send/receive calls/texts.

3) On the Android Market, search for "2G 3G". This free little widget allows you to jump to one of the settings screens on your phone with one click. From this place you can set your phone to work in just "2G" mode which increases the life of your battery.

4) Brightness - one of the obvious ones. The brighter your screen, the quicker your battery drains. You can use the Power Control widget to quickly switch between Low, Medium and High brightness levels. Keep it on Low to be most efficient. Medium is fine if you know you'll be reunited with your charger at the end of the day and only use High brightness in very sunny places.

5) Live Wallpapers - As pretty as they are, if you're going to be away from your charger for a while it's a good idea to turn them off. Simply press the Menu button on your homescreen and click "Wallpaper". From here, select one of the static wallpapers.

The next 5 tips are really picky and should only really be used in emergencies when you know you won't be able to charge for over a day.

6) Vibration - turn it off! Any little vibrations your phone's battery has to do will suck power away. You can also turn off the screen vibrations (haptic feedback). See the video for more info.

7) Diable auto screen rotate - This will disable the G sensor in the phone which detects which orientation the phone is in. if this sensor is not being used then it's another plus to your battery life

8) Screen timeout - by default it is set to 30 seconds. So, if you don't lock your screen (or unlock it accidentally) the screen will turn off and lock after x number of seconds. You can set it down to 15 seconds which is nice and quick.

9) Disable window animations - Rather than having fancy window animations which use up CPU (and therefore batter) you can disable them from the Settings menu.

10) Change your sync settings - Do you really need Facebook to sync every hour? Does Peep need to update every 5 minutes? Probably not. Set these (and any other syncing app) to as high a time frequency as you can. The less connecting and syncing your phone has to do, the longer the battery will last. Don't forget, if you turn off syncing from the Power Control bar, this disables all syncing apps in one go. Turning it back on will sync all apps so if you want to check if you've had an update it is sometimes more efficient to do it this way.


I hope you found these tips useful. Please comment, suggest and subscribe while I leave you with one more piece of advice:

The most important thing you can do is make sure you "cycle" your battery properly. This means charging it to 100% and then using the phone until it is 0% and the phone turns off. This will keep the battery in much better working order and you'll find the phone lasts longer without a charge.

For more HTC Desire news, reviews and info, visit: http://www.desirefanatics.com


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