Saturday, February 28, 2015
Monday, February 2, 2015
1. See what's sucking the most juice. Navigate to Settings -> Battery to see an organized breakdown of what's consuming your phone's battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list of battery hogs. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, you'll want to uninstall the app or turn off the feature.
2. Reduce email, Twitter, and Facebook polling. Set your various messaging apps to "manual" for the polling or refresh frequency, just as a test, and you'll instantly extend your device's battery life by a significant amount. Once you see what a difference that makes, try re-enabling just the most important ones, and possibly reducing their polling frequency in the process.
3. Turn unnecessary features off. It's great that today's phones have LTE, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all five activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background, and the constant drain on your battery will become noticeable, fast. If your phone has a power control widget, you can use it to quickly turn on/off GPS (the largest power drain), NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE. On stock Android, swipe down to bring up the Notification bar, and then tap the icon on the top right corner.
4. Use the extra power saving mode if you have it. Ultra Power Saving and Extreme Power Saving modes, respectively, that limits the phone to texting, phone calls, Web browsing, and Facebook. This can squeeze extra hours or even a day of standby time out of just a few remaining percentage points of battery.
5. Trim apps running in the background. From Settings -> Apps, swipe to the left, you'll see a list of apps that are currently running. Tap on each one to see what they're for,
you can stop any apps that you don't need running in the background all of the time.
6. Dump unnecessary home screen widgets and live wallpaper. Just because they're sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn't mean they're not consuming power. This goes for widgets that poll status updates in the background, as well as ones that just sit there but look pretty and animated—not to mention animated live wallpaper. (But don't dump everything, as part of what makes Android great are the home screen customizations, just remove the ones you don't use.)
7. Turn down the brightness and turn off Automatic Brightness. It's probably obvious at this point, but you'll be surprised by how much this one alone helps to improve battery life.
8. Update your apps. Applications often get updated to use less battery power, so you should make sure your apps are up to date. Even if you configured the phone for automatic updates, some apps still require that you manually install updates. Check for app updates in Google Play by hitting the menu key and going to My Apps.
9. Keep an eye on signal strength. If you're in an area with poor cellular coverage, the phone will work harder to latch onto a strong-enough signal. This has an adverse effect on battery life. There's not much you can do about this one, but keep in mind that this could be the culprit behind a seemingly weak battery; it's worth popping the phone into Airplane mode if you don't need data or voice calls.
10. Check the reviews. We conduct battery life tests on every single Android phone we review. Unsurprisingly, the results vary widely between handsets, even on the same network. When choosing a phone, make sure that real world talk time is sufficient. You can't go by what the manufacturer says; we see variances on the order of several hours of usage in both directions on a regular basis.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Make sure to have a strong internet signal on your phoneMake sure your phone has an internet connection. You can check this by opening a browser and going to a website. If you're having connection problems, try these connection steps.
If web pages work, but WhatsApp doesn't, you will need to contact your mobile provider and system administrator and make sure that your APN and router are configured correctly to allow non-web and socket connections.
You may just need to change the notification settings in WhatsApp
- Open WhatsApp.
- Push the Menu Button.
- Tap Settings > Notifications.
If messages are still taking too long to reach your phoneIt may be that you are not receiving your message pushes from Google's push notification service.
We recommend that you:
- Reboot the phone (Turn it OFF then ON).
- Try to install Push Notifications Fixer and see if it helps.
- Delete and reinstall WhatsApp.
- Make sure that Background data is allowed under Settings > Data Usage > Menu Button.
- Launch the Hangouts app, press the Menu Button, and sign out of all of your accounts (tap the account, scroll down and select Sign out). Then re-launch Hangouts and sign back in to your account(s).
- Turn off Wi-Fi.
- If you are often connected to Wi-Fi, check your Wi-Fi sleep policy (Settings > Wi-Fi > Menu Button > Advanced > Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep) and make sure it is set to Always.
- For Android OS 4.4 and above, make sure that Wi-Fi optimization is unchecked (Settings > Wi-Fi > Menu Button > Advanced > Wi-Fi optimization).
- For HTC devices, try turning off fast boot in Device Settings > Power > Fast Boot (make sure it is unchecked). You may also try turning off Power Saver, Extreme Power Saving Mode and Sleep Mode. Make sure to reboot your device after changing the settings to ensure the changes are applied.
- Make sure to uninstall any task killers, these will keep the app from receiving messages when you are not in the app.
- If you have no idea what a task killer is, then you probably don’t have one.
Android was developed for many devices that do not share a standard hardware specification. It’s like the Windows of smartphones.
There are some Android phones that run on few hundred megahertz with a handful of internal memory while there are beasts like HTC One X that run on a multi-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. Due to these reasons, performance of Android phones differ and thus some appear slow when compared to others.
Even though the performance issue is mainly related to the device hardware configuration, there are few things you can do on the software front which can reduce the pressure on the device hardware making it considerably faster. So let’s have a look at these tips.
Note: The following tips are for non-rooted Android phones. If you don’t understand what “non-rooted” means, this post is for you. This post is also for those who don’t want to root their phones just to make it run faster, and are looking for easier workarounds. If you have a rooted phone, then still it is very useful.
1. Disable Screen Animation and Live WallpaperYou need to be sure what you want with your device – performance or appearance. Both never walk hand in hand, not if your phone isn’t high end i.e. a highly configured device. If you are looking for a superior performance, you should disable all the Live wallpapers (if at all you are using them) and the screen animation that gives fading effect to your menus and unlock animation.
Selecting common image wallpapers over a live wallpaper is easy. To disable the screen animation, IceCreamSandwich users should navigate to Developer options in the settings while other users should disable it from Display—>Animations.
2. Install Apps on Need to Use BasisEven though Android Play Store is a home to millions of free applications, it is recommended that you only download and install the apps that you need. Apps on Android are installed in a special memory called the ROM, which is usually limited in storage space.
Thus if you populate it with unnecessary apps, it will only reduce the consistency of the memory and make it slow. One of the best practices you can follow is that you should install only basic apps on your ROM and create backup files of once-in-a-while apps as APK on the SD card using an app for backup of these APK files.
Later, when you require a particular app out of the blue, you can install the app using the APK file and perform the operation.
3. Switch-on different features and disable them after useEnabling too many features make a device comparatively slow and drain its juice. You should enable only those features which are required at a time and don't make several features running unnecessarily.
Switch on these features only when you require them and when the work’s done, disable them. This trick will not only make your device faster but also help your battery to last longer.
4. Use Apps to Free Up the RAMOnce you launch an app on Android it remains in the memory until it’s killed(means closed). Although some people say that killing(means closing) applications on Android is not a healthy habit, I believe that killing only the ones that are bloating up the memory is a good thing to do.
There are many app available that acts as a task killer for your Android and increases the device’s free memory. And I don’t need to tell you the fact that performance is directly proportional to the amount of free RAM on a device.
5. Keep your Home Screen CleanLast but not the least, always try to keep your home screen clean. Widgets are not a fancy item. They are there to solve a specific purpose. Thus use only what you require and reduce the number of home screen panels that contain icons and widgets.
ConclusionI consider myself an experienced and geeky Android user, and the above tips were the best that struck me among all such methods.I guess these above mentioned methods will surely boost up your device. But if you think that I have missed an important point, please talk about them in your comments.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Facebook Lite app has been launched in some countries in Asia and Africa.
This version of Facebook uses less data and works in all network conditions.
Facebook Lite has following features:
- Fast to install — the app is less than 1 MB
- Quick to load
- Efficient with data
- Designed for 2G networks and areas with limited network connectivity
You can download it from google playstore -> Facebook Lite
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
For local numbers(Your Country): Enter the phone number as if you were calling your friend on the phone.
For international numbers(Other than your country): Check to make sure the number is in the proper format with proper country codes.
When adding a contact's international number to your phone address book, start with a plus sign (+). Then, write the country code, followed by the full phone number.
Country Name: India
Country Code : 91
Phone Number: 9425746321
Phone Number should be saved as: +919425746321
Your friend's phone number must be saved in your phone's address book in order for you to start a chat with them in WhatsApp.
So, now just refresh contact list in WhatsApp and you can start a chat with these contacts.