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Generally speaking, the li-ion batteries of smartphones on average lasts around one working day only. BlackBerry smartphone owners who are looking to boost this standard, can follow the following several useful tips provided by BlackBerry Buddies, in order to get the most out of their battery.

BlackBerry Buddies are a dedicated team of people tasked with assisting users in making their  RIM devices more efficient and also to advise customers of the latest BlackBerry developments.  

Here are a few top tips:

Closing apps and games

It is important to remember that multitasking (running multiple apps and games simultaneously) places heavy demands on your smartphone’s battery. An easy way to see which applications or games are running is to press and hold the Menu key, which causes the App Switcher to appear. You can then switch to the app or game you are not actively using and, after pressing the Menu key, select the “Close” option to exit that app or game.

If you are using a BlackBerry 7.1 operating device, you can also download the new Application Resource Monitor (ARM) app for free from BlackBerry App World. This application has been designed to identify and alert users if idle apps are draining battery life and automatically closes these. ARM will only trigger an alert for apps that are running but not in use, or are running while the device has been idle.

Turn off network connections you aren’t using

A quick way to save some battery life is to review and turn off any network connections you are not currently using. For example, by switching off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth functionality while you don’t need it might save some battery life.

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 checkboxes.

Review backlighting options

An easy way to improve battery life is to customise the backlighting settings on a BlackBerry smartphone. Users can optionally change the brightness, the amount of time the backlight stays on, and the ability to automatically dim the backlight. Review and customise these settings using the following steps:

  • On the home screen or in a folder, select the “Options” icon.
  • Select “Display” followed by “Screen Display”.
Do any of the following:
  • To change the brightness of the backlight for the screen, change the “Backlight Brightness” field.
  • To change the length of time that the backlight stays on when you’re not touching your BlackBerry smartphone, change the “Backlight Timeout” field.
  • To stop the backlight from adjusting to lighting conditions, clear the “Automatically Dim Backlight” checkbox.
  • Press the Menu key and select “Save”.
Automatically turn your BlackBerry smartphone on and off

BlackBerry users can set their device to automatically turn on at the time when they normally wake up and off again late at night, so that the battery doesn’t get drained while you are sleeping. Data you receive while the BlackBerry smartphone is turned off will be received automatically as soon the BlackBerry smartphone turns on again. Users can experiment with the Auto On and Off capabilities by completing the following steps:
  • On the home screen or in a folder, select the “Options” icon.
  • Select “Device” followed by Auto On/Off.
  • In the “Weekday” section, select the “Enabled” checkbox if desired.
  • Specify the times when the BlackBerry smartphone should turn on and off on weekdays.
  • In the “Weekend” section, select the “Enabled” checkbox if desired.
  • Specify the times when the BlackBerry smartphone should turn on and off on weekends.
  • Press the Menu key and select “Save”.
BlackBerry Saving Mode for BlackBerry 7.1 OS smartphones

Battery Saving Mode lets BlackBerry 7.1 OS smartphone users extend battery life by unobtrusively reducing battery drain by for instance setting the backlight brightness to 20%, setting backlight timeout to 20 seconds, and reducing the timing on mobile hotspot auto shutdown.  

Use a Pocket or Holster

A holster or pocket for your BlackBerry smartphone is another easy method of saving battery life. When a user places their BlackBerry smartphone in a holster or pocket, the screen will automatically shut off. Users are also able to customise how their smartphone works with a holster or pocket.

BlackBerry Buddies

Should you need additional assistance with any of these battery saving tips or other issues with your BlackBerry smartphone, contact the BlackBerry Buddies for support.

The BlackBerry Buddies are at designated stands in the following shopping centres:

•            Sandton City – Johannesburg

•            Menlyn Park – Pretoria

•            Mimosa Mall – Bloemfontein

•            Canal Walk – Cape Town

•            Gateway Shopping Centre – Durban

Alternatively, you can visit the BlackBerry Buddies website for answers to questions, tips and tricks, general technical solutions, and software update information.

In related news, RIM recently announced that its popular instant messaging (IM) application and social networking platform BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), has been officially entered into the latest edition of the Collins English Dictionary.

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