Little things you can do to increase the battery life on your EVO 4G and Droid Incredible

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Little things you can do to increase the battery life on your EVO 4G and Droid Incredible
With today's smartphones able to do so many things from making/taking phone calls, to watching streaming videos, listening to music, sending/receiving text messages, and downloading tons of apps, addressing the issue of battery life is very important. Two f the hottest new Android phones, the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC Droid Incredible, have amazing specifications. Both have a zippy 1GHz Snapdragon processor under the hood, the latter has a 3.7 inch AMOLED display to keep bright while the former has a massive 4.3 inch TFT screen that must stay visible. Many owners of the two devices have been complaining that they have had to recharge in the middle of the day to make sure that their handset has enough juice for the night time. So what can the owner of either phone do to keep enough juice in the battery to keep the unit going strong throughout the day? Right off the bat, you will notice that extending the battery life on your Android device means giving up some of the things that make using the phone fun and you will have to make the decision-do you want a fun phone with a dead battery, or do you want a phone a little more staid, but with power to work.

One of the things you can do is to eliminate the HTC widgets like Friendstream and bookmarks. At the same time, turning off widget animation can save power. Instead of using those cool, living wallpapers on your phone, switch to a plain picture from your gallery. One of the biggest hogs of power on Android phones is the display. Turning off the automatic brightness and setting it at 10% should  save you a ton of battery life. In the same vein, it is suggested that the screen timeout be set at 15 seconds. If you don't need Wi-Fi, 4G or GPS while you are just walking around with the phone, turning those functions off when you aren't using them will save plenty of juice for the power cell. If you download apps, installing Advanced Task Killer is a must. Leaving apps on in the background after you are done with them is also a major power drainer on Android phones. ATK is necessary to turn off certain apps like the camera. Keep your Android a lean mean machine by cutting the bloat and killing off your apps often. Trying as many of these ideas as possible could be the difference between having enough power to enjoy your phone when you're out and about during the evening, or having a nice looking paperweight in your pants pocket all night.

HTC Droid Incredible Specifications | Review
HTC EVO 4G Specifications | Review

source: MobileCrunch

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7 Comments

1. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

so basically to make your battery run well...make your phone as boring as possible =) i have done the auto brightness thing, and the atk of course, and that alone helped alot

2. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

The only other solution is to get a second battery or higher capacity battery This is my only beef with Android the lack of effective power management protocols in the OS

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Larger batteries aren't available for the Incredible through the Verizon network. Other companies claim the Eris battery works, but I'm hesitant to try after reading a few bad reviews from people using these 3rd party batteries.

3. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

ADVANCED TASK KILLER WILL NOT HELP YOUR BATTERY LIFE, AND IN FACT MAY CAUSE YOUR PHONE TO RUN WORSE

6. kid.wonderbread

Posts: 38; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

This is a big debate with android. Since it is based off the linux os, it keeps the apps running in the background. But it runs them so that they use little to no memory. This allows the app to be opened quicker and more efficiently at next use. The argument to killing your apps all the time is that the phone will actually use more battery power opening the apps from scratch then letting them run in the background. This is the same way linux would run on your PC, where windows closes most of your apps, although some still run in the background. I myself was using the ATK when I first got my incredible. Then I stopped. Sure enough, my battery life seems to be better.

7. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

There's no debate; you have ignorant people who don't have any proof other than "I feel like my batter lasts longer" and you have those that have done actual testing and can tell you definitively whether ATK works or not. We have 4 Android phones in my house; 2 Motorola Droids and 2 Droid Incredibles. Over the course of a week we installed ATK on 1 of each and did the exact same things an each of the four phones and ATK didn't make 1 iota of difference in batter life. It did however cause process failures by killing apps that the phone needed to have running to do things. I personally don't see the need for it or any of it's ilk but it makes some people feel better to install it and anti-virus, etc. Lol.

5. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Anyone that has root can also try this... http://androidforums.com/all-things-root-evo-4g/95139-root-overclockwidget-insane-battery-life-40-h ours.html Using the Overclocking Widget and setting the processor to run at 200 mhz range when screen off and 998 when screen on is ging some people 40 hours of use before they need to charge the phone. If you are on your phone non-stop then you will see less battery life saved with this method.

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