How to maximize battery life on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone

Article ID: KB33669

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 01-23-2015

 

Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry Classic
  • BlackBerry Passport
  • BlackBerry Q5
  • BlackBerry Q10
  • BlackBerry Z10
  • BlackBerry Z30
  • Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry
  • Porsche Design P'9983 smartphone from BlackBerry
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  •  BlackBerry 10 smartphones
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The following information is relevant to BlackBerry 10 smartphones. 

For Maximizing Battery Life information relating to BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS version 7.1 and earlier, see KB14320.

General

Check for BlackBerry 10 OS Updates:
Whenever a new BlackBerry 10 OS update is released, make sure to install it on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone in order to take advantage of any available optimizations which can help improve battery life. Typically, a notification is received for a new update, however checking for updates manually can be done by opening Settings, tap Software Updates followed by Check for Updates.

Charging:
Always use an official BlackBerry charger. BlackBerry 10 smartphones require a charger having an output of at least a 750mA to consistently charge the device. Chargers supplying less than 750mA Output may not provide enough power to sustain a charge on the smartphone during heavy use. All BlackBerry branded chargers will print the Output amperage somewhere on the charger. Ensure the Output shown on the charger is at least 750mA. When using a charger, charge for an extended period of time when possible, avoid charging in small increments (for example, less than 15 minutes), and do not leave the smartphone in direct sunlight (for example, your vehicle’s dashboard) or in extremely cold temperatures.

Use a Case or Holster:
Depending on which of type case or holster is used, putting the BlackBerry 10 smartphone in it may or may not turn off the display. To ensure maximum battery life, use a case that turns off the smartphone's display when holstered. To browse a variety of these cases, visit www.shopblackberry.com or check for availability at a local retailer.


Application Management

Multitasking:
As applications run, they continue to consume CPU processor power, consuming battery power. Consider closing any running applications that are not being actively used. Open applications can be closed by tapping on the X in the lower right corner of the minimized Open app window.

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.

Graphic intensive applications:
Graphic intensive games or applications may increase battery consumption. Consider keeping the BlackBerry 10 smartphone plugged into a charger when devoting time to these types of applications.

Camera Flash:
The Flash feature of the camera will consume battery power when used. To minimize the use of battery power, consider turning off the flash feature of the camera when it is not needed.


Wireless Connections

Disable Wireless Radios when not in use:
BlackBerry 10 smartphones feature multiple wireless radios Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC connections. If one or more of these wireless connections is not being used, it is recommended to disable the corresponding radio to prevent it from using battery power. For example, if it is known that no connection will be made to any Bluetooth devices while at home or at a restaurant, a quick way to save some battery life would be to turn off the Bluetooth radio. To review and modify network connections on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, swipe down from the top bezel, tap on the Settings icon, and select Network Connections. Enabling and disabling the network connections can be actioned through each of the Connections listed on this screen.

Low Cellular Coverage situations:
When in low cellular coverage situations, the BlackBerry 10 smartphone may increase power to the Cellular radio. In locations that have poor cell coverage such as basements, use the Wi-Fi functionality built into the smartphone to connect to available Wi-Fi network. If a cellular connection is not needed while in the low coverage environment, consider turning off the Mobile Network connection. To review and modify network connections on the smartphone, swipe down from the top bezel, tap on the Settings icon, and select Network Connections. Enabling and disabling the network connections can be actioned through each of the Connections listed on this screen.

No Coverage situations:
When in an area without cellular coverage, the BlackBerry 10 smartphone may continue to search for available mobile networks. In locations that have no mobile network coverage such as basements, use the Wi-Fi functionality built into the smartphone to connect to available Wi-Fi network. If a cellular connection is not needed while in the low coverage environment, consider turning off the Mobile Network connection. To review and modify network connections on the smartphone, swipe down from the top bezel, tap on the Settings icon, and select Network Connections. Enabling and disabling the network connections can be actioned through each of the Connections listed on this screen.


Device Settings

Accounts:
If multiple accounts that support email, contacts, and calendar synchronization, have been setup, only enable synchronization for the accounts intended to be actively used; 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. If there are accounts that are not actively used have been added, consider removing these accounts to reduce overhead and to prevent them from using the battery to stay updated.
Note: When one or more accounts are added to the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, PIM Services may utilize more CPU and battery resources than normal as it downloads the data stored within the account and indexes the data within the BlackBerry 10 OS. The duration of this time may vary depending on the number of the accounts and the amount of information these accounts contain.

Adjust Screen Brightness:
Another way to maximize battery life is to customize the backlighting settings on a BlackBerry 10 smartphone. As the smartphone display brightens, more power is consumed. Within Settings, tap Display and move the Brightness slider to a reduced setting that is desirable.

Screen Lock Timeout:
In addition to using the Power/Lock key to lock the Black Berry 10 smartphone's display screen, customizing the Screen Lock Timeout setting can assist in maximizing battery life. This setting controls how long the smartphone will wait before turning off the display screen after being left idle. Decreasing the amount of time that the display screen remains on will conserve battery power. To adjust this value, go to Settings, tap Display and change the Screen Lock Timeout to a lesser value.

Reduce the device Volume:
As with most speakers, the speaker of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone will use more power the louder it is turned up. Turn down the volume on the smartphone with the volume keys on the right side of the smartphone when a higher volume is not needed. To adjust other volume settings on the smartphone, swipe down from the top bezel, tap on the Settings icon, and select System Volume or Notifications.

Configure a Power Efficient Notification Profile:
The speaker and vibration components of the BlackBerry 10 smartphone consume energy when used. Consider configuring an energy efficient notification profile that minimizes use of these components by shortening the length of the notification as well as minimizing the number of times that the notification is repeated. The vibration notification requires more power than other notification types, eliminating this notification type all together for an energy efficient notification profile will assist in maximizing battery life. The LED light on the smartphone uses the least amount of energy, so for notification types where this form of notification is sufficient consider using it exclusively. If receiving a lot of notifications overnight, swipe down from the top of the screen after locking the smartphone to enable Bedside Mode which will turn off all notifications overnight.

Disable the Advanced Interaction feature:
Available in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.0 and later, the Advanced Interaction feature functions by measuring the responses from sensors on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Disabling the Advanced Interaction features will reduce this activity and extend battery life. To disable the Advanced Interaction features, swipe down from the top bezel, tap on the Settings icon, and select Advanced Interaction. From this screen, turn off each of the Advanced Interaction features.

Battery Saving Mode
Battery Saving Mode is a key new feature available in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.1 that is designed to help you continue being productive, extending the life of the battery in your BlackBerry 10 smartphone by lowering screen brightness, limiting maximum CPU performance, turning off Advanced Interactions and Locations Services, as well as other functions. To review and configure the Battery Saving Mode, complete the following steps:

  1. Swipe down from the top bezel to access the Quick Settings menu
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Battery Saving Mode


Device Monitor

The Device Monitor application in BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 and later provides information on the types of resources, such as CPU and battery, available on the BlackBerry 10 smartphone and the applications that are using these resources. For this reason, the Device Monitor application is a quick and easy way to identify applications and their related battery usage. The Device Monitor will display a graph that displays the amount of resource usage, followed by a list of applications with the amount each application is using. Tapping on a specific application within these views will show further resources usage information specific to the application selected. In the case of the display's backlight battery usage, an item named Display will be listed indicating the amount of battery resource consumed by the display.

The Device Monitor, may be launched by completing the following:

  1. Swipe down from the top bezel to pull down the Quick Settings menu
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap App Manager
  4. Tap Device Monitor

To select the resource type, complete the following:

  1. Tap the Menu button indicated by three horizontal lines
  2. Tap the resource type you would like to display

To select the time frame scale of the graph, if this is an available feature of the resource graph, complete the following:

  1. From the upper right corner, tap the drop down menu
  2. Select the time frame scale that you would like the graph to display.
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The following video provides tips and best practices to help you get more from your device's battery life:

VIDEO: How to optimize the battery life of your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

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