Droid Bionic: Save Battery Life - dummies

Droid Bionic: Save Battery Life

If you want to know how to save batter life on your Droid Bionic, here’s a smattering of things you can do to help prolong battery life in your phone:

  • Turn off vibration options. The phone’s vibration is caused by a teensy motor. Though you don’t see much battery savings by disabling the vibration options, it’s better than no savings. To turn off vibration, follow these steps:

    1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

    2. Choose Settings, and then choose Sound.

    3. Choose Vibrate.

    4. Choose Never.

    5. Also on the Sound Settings screen: Remove the check mark by Haptic Feedback.

      The Haptic Feedback option is what causes the phone to vibrate when you touch the soft buttons.

    Additionally, consider lowering the volume of notifications by choosing the Volume option. This option also saves a modicum of battery life, though you might miss important notifications by setting the volume too low.

  • Dim the screen. The display is capable of drawing down quite a lot of battery power. Though a dim screen can be more difficult to see, especially outdoors, it definitely saves on battery life.

    You set the screen brightness from the Settings app: Choose Display and then choose Brightness.

  • Turn off Bluetooth. When you’re not using Bluetooth, turn it off. Or, when you really need that cyborg Bluetooth ear thing, try to keep your phone plugged in.

  • Turn off Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi networking on the Droid Bionic keeps you on the Internet at top speeds but drains the battery. If you tend to use Wi-Fi when you’re in one place, keep your phone plugged in. Otherwise, the battery drains.

  • Disable automatic syncing. The Droid Bionic syncs quite often. In fact, it can surprise you when you update something on the Internet and find the phone updated almost instantly. When you need to save battery power and frequent updates aren’t urgent (such as when you’re spending a day traveling), disable automatic syncing by following these steps:

    1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

    2. Choose Settings, and then choose Accounts.

    3. Choose your Google account.

    4. Remove the green check mark by each item.

    When saving battery juice isn’t important, remember to repeat these steps to reenable background and automatic synchronization.

  • Deactivate global roaming. As a global phone, your Droid Bionic has been preconfigured to search for overseas cell phone signals even when you’re not overseas. This feature can reduce battery life. To disable it, follow these steps:

    1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

    2. Choose Wireless & Networks, and then choose Mobile Networks.

    3. Choose Network Mode.

    4. Choose CDMA.

  • Turn on the Data Saver. A solid way to conserve battery power is to activate the Droid Bionic Data Saver feature, which reduces the phone’s cellular data usage. Follow these steps:

    1. At the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

    2. Choose Battery & Data Manager, and then choose Data Saver.

    3. Place a green check mark by the Data Saver option.

    The Data Saver restricts the Internet access of the Browser, Gallery, Email, and Market apps to Wi-Fi networks only, which not only saves battery life but can also help you avoid overcharges for accessing the digital cellular network.

  • Get a bigger battery. A larger battery is available for use in the Droid Bionic. The battery is not only larger in capacity but is also larger in size; it comes with a replacement rear cover for the phone, just to handle the battery’s girth. With the new, larger battery installed, you can enjoy more talk and data time between charges. Look for the larger Droid Bionic battery at the Phone Store or at Verizon online.