50 Tips to Getting the Best Out of Ur Blackberry Battery


tweak blackberry battery    The greatest challenge blackberry smartphone users face nowadays is that of the poor battery life of their blackberry  smartphones.This post shall guide you through almost 50 ways to free more memory on your blackberry and to optimize your blackberry smartphone’s battery.

1.    Application Management Multitasking –
Close any running applications that are not being actively used. An easy way to see which apps or games are open is to press and hold the Menu key which causes the App Switcher to appear. You can then switch to the application or game you are not actively using and after pressing the Menu key, select the Close or Exit option to exit the application or game.

Additionally, the CPU screen in the Application Management feature of the Options application will allow you to view running applications that do not appear on the App Switcher screen. Applications that are not running will appear with Not Running under their name.
2. Closing Applications Correctly –

Avoid using the End key to close applications as this simply minimizes the application and leaves it running in the background. Instead, press the Menu key, select the Close or Exit option to exit the application.

3. Closing Browser Tab –

BlackBerry® handheld software 6.0 and higher provides a tabbed browsing experience. Ensure that tabs that are no longer in use are closed by pressing the Menu key, selecting Tabs, and clicking on the red X under the tabs that are no longer in use.
4. Configure Instant Messaging and Social Networking Application Settings –

IM and Social applications may send and receive information on a periodic interval. These applications may have options or settings that allow you to reduce the frequency at which data is transmitted. If you would like to further reduce the frequency at which data is transmitted, Logging out of IM and Social applications when they are not needed can further improve battery life.
5. Configure Podcast and Social Feed application settings –

Podcast and Social Feed based applications may be configured to automatically download content on a periodic interval. These applications may have options or settings that allow you to reduce the frequency at which data is transmitted.

6. Close Media applications –

When pausing media playback, the application playing the media will still be running in the background. If you will not be resuming media playback in the near future, choose to press the Menu key and select the Close orExit option to exit the application.
7. Wireless Connections:
i. Disable Wireless Radios when not in use – BlackBerry smartphones feature multiple wireless radios Cellular, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, GPS, and NFC connections. If you plan not to use one or more of these wireless connections, you may wish to disable the corresponding radio to prevent it from using battery power. For example, if you know that you will not be connecting to any Bluetooth devices while at home or at a restaurant, a quick way to save some battery life would be to turn off the Bluetooth radio. To review and modify network connections on a BlackBerry smartphone, click the connections area along the top of the home screen, or select the Manage Connections icon from the home screen. You can then enable and disable network connections by checking, or clearing the check boxes.

8. Low Cellular Coverage situations –

When in low cellular coverage situations, the BlackBerry may increase power to the Cellular radio. If you are in a location that has poor cell coverage such as a basement, use the Wi-Fi functionality built into the BlackBerry smartphone to connect to available Wi- Fi network. If a Wi-Fi network is not available and you do not expect to need your cellular connection while in the low coverage environment, consider turning off your Mobile Network connection by click the connections area along the top of the home screen, or select the Manage Connections icon from the home screen and disable network connection by clearing the check box for Mobile Network.

9. No Coverage situations –

When in an area without cellular coverage, the BlackBerry may continue to search for available mobile networks. If you are in a location that has no mobile network coverage such as a basement, use the Wi-Fi functionality built into the BlackBerry smartphone to connect to available Wi-Fi network. If a Wi-Fi network is not available and you do not expect to need your cellular connection while in the area that does not have mobile network coverage, consider turning off your Mobile Network connection by click the connections area along the top of the home screen, or select the Manage Connections icon from the home screen and disable network connection by clearing the check box for Mobile Network.

10. Device Settings Adjust Backlighting Settings –

An easy way to see improved battery life is to customize the backlighting settings on a BlackBerry smartphone. As the BlackBerry display brightens, more power is consumed. Configuring the Backlight Brightness , Backlight Timeout , and Automatically Dim Backlight settings within the Options application to lower values will improve battery life.

11. Enable Auto On/Off Settings –

The Auto On/Off feature of the BlackBerry smartphone, contained within the Options application, allows you to configure preset times at which the BlackBerry smartphone will turn on and turn off. Newer BlackBerry smartphones allow for separate Auto On/Off settings for weekdays and weekends.

12. Configure a Power Efficient Notification Profile –

The speaker and vibration components of the BlackBerry consume energy when used. Consider configuring an energy efficient notification profile that minimizes use of these components by shortening the length of the notification as well as minimizing the number of times that the notification is produced. The vibration notification requires more power than other notification types, so you may wish to eliminate this notification type all together for an energy efficient notification profile. The LED light on the BlackBerry uses the least amount of energy, so for notification types where this form of notification is sufficient consider using it exclusively.

How to Free More Memory on The Blackberry Phone:
1. Monitoring available memory To see the approximate amount of occupied flash memory on the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps.

For BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and earlier
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, open Options .
2. Select Status.

For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, tap All, then open Options .
2. Select Device.
3. Select Device and Status Information . The File Free field shows the approximate amount of available flash memory available for data. To make sure that this value is as accurate as possible, restart the BlackBerry smartphone to initiate a full garbage collection.
From the Status screen, press the Menu key, to the right of the green phone key, and select Database Sizes to view the number of objects and size of databases on the BlackBerry smartphone.

What is considered A low flash memory?
The BlackBerry smartphone’s Java® operating system has a complex and dynamic way of determining exactly how much available flash memory it should have before starting the Low Memory Manager application. To determine if it has low flash memory, the BlackBerry smartphone takes into account a number of factors, such as the BlackBerry smartphone hardware model, the operating system version, the number of installed applications, the frequency at which BlackBerry smartphone user data is added and removed, and so on. Generally speaking, the more the BlackBerry smartphone is used, the more memory the operating system sets aside for normal, efficient operation.
Note: When the BlackBerry smartphone has determined that is has low flash memory, it automatically starts the Low Memory Manager application, which reclaims memory.

The File Free field shows 0 –
When the File Free field shows 0, it most likely means that the BlackBerry smartphone is full of data. The BlackBerry smartphone determines that it has low flash memory and performs more extensive garbage collections in order to make room for any new data. However, even when the BlackBerry smartphone is full of data, it is designed to operate properly. The Low Memory Manager application starts recovering flash memory when data is added that requires additional flash memory.

Storing Data on Micro SD Media Card
Media cards are especially useful for BlackBerry smartphone users who want to store media files like songs, pictures, videos, voice notes, and ring tones, or who want to store pictures they take with the built-in cameras. Built-in video cameras on BlackBerry smartphones require a media card to function.

How To make sure the built-in camera is set up to save picture files on the media card, complete the following steps:

1. Install the media card in the BlackBerry smartphone.
2. Open the Camera application (for BlackBerry Device Software 6.0, tap All, and then open the Camera application).
3. Display the menu and select Options .
4. Set the Store Pictures field to On Media Card . You can also change the folder setting to the particular folder in which you want to save pictures.
(Note: For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0, this option has been removed. However a different location can be specified when the file is renamed after image capture.)

Removing Unused Languages and Applications:

Removing features and applications that are underused increases the available flash memory on the BlackBerry smartphone. Use the Setup Wizard application to remove languages that you do not use from the BlackBerry smartphone. Removing languages is highly recommended because it is one of the most significant ways to increase available flash memory.
To remove languages from the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and earlier 1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, open Setup Wizard .
2. Select Languages .
3. Select the language you want to use on the BlackBerry smartphone and click Next. The BlackBerry smartphone deletes all languages that you do not select.

For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and higher
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, tap All, and open Setup.
2. Select Languages .
3. Tap Manage Languages to expand the option.
4. Select the language you want to use on the BlackBerry smartphone and click Update. The BlackBerry smartphone deletes all languages that you do not select.

To remove applications from the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:

For BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and earlier
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, open Options.
2. Select Advanced Options.
3. Select Applications. The BlackBerry smartphone takes time to build a comprehensive list of the installed applications.
4. Highlight the application you want to delete, display the menu and select Delete.

For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and higher
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, tap All, and open Options .
2. Select Device, then Application Management .
3. Tap the application you want to delete. The Application Properties screen appears for that application with a Delete option to remove the application.

Remove Data that is No Longer Needed:

Remove Old Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) messages – Because MMS messages can contain large media files and cannot be stored on a media card, MMS messages can use a lot of flash memory. If you do not want to delete the media files in an MMS message, open the MMS message and save the media files on the media card before you delete the MMS message.

Automatically Remove Old Messages and Calendar items –
Change the Keep Messages and Keep Appointments settings on the BlackBerry smartphone to reduce the number of old messages using flash memory. To change the Keep Messages and Keep Appointments settings on the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
For BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and earlier
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, open Messages or Calendar application.
2. Display the menu and select Options .
3. Select General Options .
4. Set the Keep Messages field to either 15 Days or30 Days .
For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and higher
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, tap All, and open Messages or Calendar application.
2. Display the menu and select Options .
3. Tap Message Display and Actions orCalendar Display and Actions .
4. Set the Days To Keep Messages or Keep Appointments field to 15 or30 .

Remove Contacts that are Not Needed –
Minimize the number of contacts stored in the Address Book on the BlackBerry smartphone by removing contact that you may no longer need. One way to minimize the number of contacts stored in the Address Book is to use the remote address lookup feature when you need to send an email message rather than store company contacts in the Address Book. You can use this feature if your BlackBerry smartphone uses BlackBerry Device Software 4.0 and later and one of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 3.5 or later for Microsoft® Exchange or BlackBerry Enterprise Server 2.2 or later for IBM® Lotus® Domino®.

Device Settings to Minimize the Size of Stored Messages
Configure Email Settings to Minimize the Size of Stored Messages –
By disabling both the Auto More and HTML Email features, it is possible to minimize the size of the stored messages thereby minimizing amount of memory held by email messages.
To set the Auto More option to No, complete the following steps:
For BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and earlier
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, open Messages .
2. Display the menu and select Options .
3. Select General Options .
4. In the Auto More field, select No.
For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and higher
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, tap All and open a message list.
2. Display the menu and select Options .
3. Select Message Display and Actions.
4. Remove the check from the Auto More option. To turn off HTML email support on the BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps:
For BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 and earlier
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, open Messages .
2. Display the menu and select Options .
3. Select Email Settings .
4. Change the Enable HTML Email field to No. For BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 and higher
1. On the Home screen of the BlackBerry smartphone, tap All and open a message list.
2. Display the menu and select Options .
3. Select Email Preferences .
4. Remove the check from the Enable HTML Email option.

FOOTNOTE:
The BlackBerry smartphone is designed to operate properly with a modest amount of available flash memory. However, you can keep the BlackBerry smartphone operating at peak efficiency by maximizing its available flash memory. To maximize flash memory and battery power, you should know both how to monitor the available memory and what strategies help preserve flash memory and battery power. Causes for decreased performance BlackBerry smartphones based on Java technology depend on available flash memory for many tasks. Having low flash memory can lead to delays in processing information on the BlackBerry smartphone because the process for recovering blocks of flash memory, known as garbage collection, happens more frequently, which takes time. Java garbage collections automatically reclaim flash memory that is no longer being used by the Java operating system. Java garbage collections may also rearrange blocks of flash memory that are in use to create larger contiguous blocks of available flash memory. Just as a computer uses the hard disk as a source of virtual memory, the BlackBerry smartphone writes out lesser-used portions of its operating flash memory (normally held in fast static random access memory (SRAM)) to the slower flash memory. As the BlackBerry smartphone’s flash memory begins to fill up, the BlackBerry smartphone must work harder to rearrange the flash memory to allocate the storage space it needs for normal operation. Therefore, low flash memory causes garbage collections to happen more frequently and take a longer time to complete, which also uses battery power.

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