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Top Ten Ways To Extend Your BlackBerry Z10 Battery Life

How much battery life you consume may vary, depending on how you use your BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. BlackBerry Z10’s core functions, especially email has been drastically changed from its legacy devices. Now, here are 10 methods you can use to optimize your BlackBerry Z10!1. Always keep your OS updated
Unlike the leagcy BlackBerry devices, the new BlackBerry Z10 brings to us OTA updates much like the PlayBook or applications from the BlackBerry World. Hence, 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 BlackBerry Z10 Settings, swipe down from top of the screen while viewing your Home screen and tap Settings.
Note: Of course, this would not hold true for ALL the OS’s released, however, its always good to stay up to date as security patches and bug fixes should always been introduced with each update.

2. Connectivity
While the radios on this smartphone is designed with efficiency in mind, turning on-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 on your BlackBerry Z10, considering turning off it temporarily if need to maximize your battery life.

3. Charging
Even though the BlackBerry Z10 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. Try to charge for an extended period of time when possible, avoid charging in small increments (i.e. less than 15 minutes).
Also, do not your leave smartphone in direct sunlight (i.e. your vehicle’s dashboard) or in extremely cold temperatures.

4. Accounts
Whenever possible, it is recommended that Active Sync or IMAP is used over POP when setting up a new account because they are more efficient protocols for a mobile device. 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.

5. 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.

Note: indeed, LED notification does eat some battery – after all its light and will need to consume power!

6. Screen Brightness
A significant way to reduce battery usage is to decrease the brightness of the BlackBerry Z10 display. Within Settings, tap Display and move the Brightness slider to a reduced setting that you find comfortable.

Note: Personally, I use it at the lowest possible setting!

7. 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.

8. Use a Case or Holster
Depending on which of type case or holster you are using, putting your BlackBerry Z10 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.z10.ourberries.sg or check the available cases that we have reviewed!

Note: If your screen does not turn off when you insert your BlackBerry Z10 into the case or holster, verify that you are using an official BlackBerry accessory. Else, contact the manufacturer/point of purchase for additional assistance!

9. 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.

10. Memory
Memory is used by the device to install applications, store the OS as well as to cache information. Yes, it is also used to hold media and some application’s settings. Its not advisible to have the memory to be filled to the brim, be it device or memory card. Its a good practise not to exceed 3/4 of the total memory.

Note: The faster the memory (card), typically, the less energy is used. However, there is also a limit to this. There’s no need to purchase the best or highest end cards, however. The mobile smartphone arena for now, however, does not support UHS-I format, and z10 is included. Which means, speeds are limited to about 20-40mb/s maximum, hence even if the card is able to write faster, the speed is still limited and we won’t see a difference in performance. Thus, a class 10 card is really sufficient already since all the cards boasting speeds of 40mb/s, 70mb/s and so on, are actually running on UHS-I interface which mobiles currrently do not support. Whilst it would be a good investment for the card reader or using it with other devices (UHS-I capable), if its staying within the device most of the time, then, just keep the cash!
Note2: the more memory is used, the more data the device will have to scout for. Hence, a slower memory card may restrict the process causing the device to consume more power. Overtime, memory can also get fragmented from the installing and uninstalling of applications or movement of files. Hence, occasionally reinstalling the OS can help reduce clutter and memory fragmentation.

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