Ten ways to extend your BlackBerry 10 battery life

Tips & Tricks

Update 2014-01-29; These tips also apply to other BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Z30, Q5 & Q10.

How much battery life you consume may vary, depending on how you use your BlackBerry  smartphone. To help your battery last longer, try any of the following tips:

Check for BlackBerry 10 OS Updates

Whenever a new BlackBerry 10 OS update is released, make sure to install it on your smartphone so that you can take advantage of any available optimizations which can help improve your battery life. Typically, you’ll receive a notification of a new update, but to check for updates manually, open Settings, tap Software Updates followed by Check for Updates.

Tip: To access your device Settings, swipe down from top of the screen while viewing your Home screen and tap Settings.

Connections

The radios on your smartphone are designed with efficiency in mind, so turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC as well as changing your cellular connection to use a different network technology may not improve battery life. We recommend using Wi-Fi whenever possible because it offers substantial power savings, so make sure you are actively adding Wi-Fi networks and hotspots to your smartphone as you come across them.

Note: If you’ve set up Media Sharing, considering turning off it temporarily if need to maximize your battery life.

Charging

Your BlackBerry 10 smartphone is designed make efficient use of the battery; however, you should still follow best practices to maximize your battery’s lifespan. Always use an official BlackBerry charger, charge for an extended period of time when possible, avoid charging in small increments (i.e. less than 15 minutes), and do not your leave smartphone in direct sunlight (i.e. your vehicle’s dashboard) or in extremely cold temperatures.

Accounts

  • Whenever possible, it is recommended that customers use Active Sync or IMAP over POP when setting up a new account because they are more efficient protocols for a mobile device. If you need assistance setting up a new account, review the User Guide or contact your account provider for more information.
  • If you have set up multiple accounts that support email, contacts, and calendar synchronization, enable synchronization for accounts that you only plan on using; this will ensure that any activity that occurs is necessary. To review account synchronization settings, tap Accounts within Settings followed by tapping the account you want to customize and/or delete.
  • Remove any accounts that you are no longer actively using to reduce overhead and to prevent them from using the battery to stay updated.

Notifications

If you receive many notifications throughout the day, make sure you review and customize your notification profiles. For example, if your smartphone is set to vibrate, this will use more battery life than having the LED light up as more notifications arrive. If you receive a lot of notifications overnight as well, swipe down from the top of the screen after locking your smartphone to enable Bedside Mode, which will turn off all notifications overnight.

Android Applications

Android apps may continue running when the display is off, and it is recommended to close these apps when not in use. To do this, press ‘X’ in the lower right when the app is minimized.

Run in Background Applications

Some of the apps offered in BlackBerry World contain permissions to run headless. Which means that they can use battery when the application is not opened with an Active Frame. These apps may have reduce battery life, and the “run in background” permissions can be toggled if desired (or app can be uninstalled). To identify what apps have the ability to run in the background, and optionally turn off this feature on a per app basis, complete the following steps:

  1. While viewing your home screen swipe down from the top and tap Settings
  2. Tap Security and Privacy followed by Application Permissions
  3. Change the Permissions bar to Run in Background
  4. Select an app from the listing and optionally turn off the Run in Background permission

To uninstall an app, tap and hold the app icon while viewing your home screen followed by tapping the trashcan icon to remove the app from your device.

Screen Brightness

A significant way to reduce battery usage is to decrease the brightness of the display. Within Settings, tap Display and move the Brightness slider to a reduced setting that you find comfortable.

Lock Screen

To prevent accidental taps and presses that can turn on your screen (and decrease battery life), lock the screen by pressing the Power/Lock key on the top of your smartphone.

Screen Lock Timeout

In addition to using the Power/Lock key to lock your screen, an important setting that you should customize is the Screen Lock Timeout. This setting controls how long your smartphone will wait before turning off the screen after being left idle. The less time that the screen is on, the more battery is conserved. To adjust this value, go to Settings, tap Display and change the Screen Lock Timeout.

Use a Case or Holster

Depending on which of type case or holster you are using, putting your device in it may or may not turn off the display. On top of protecting your smartphone, using a case that turns off the display is a great way to save battery life. To browse a variety of these cases, visit http://www.shopblackberry.com or check the available cases that are provided by your local retailer(s).

Note: If your screen does not turn off when you insert your device into the case or holster, verify that you are using an official BlackBerry accessory or contact the manufacturer for additional assistance.

Review Application and Game Refresh Settings

It’s a good idea to review the refresh settings within your favorite third-party apps and games, as some of them might maintain active connections to services or data that is still being transferred.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

About Ty Williams

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