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Optimise your HTC Desire Battery

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Captain Vallo, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Captain Vallo

    Captain Vallo Member
    Thread Starter

    May 25, 2010
    The Introduction
    There are disparate threads, forums, web pages all involved with trying to improve the perceived Achilles heel of the HTC Desire. Between them they all just about cover everything that can be done, except that there is no central repository for this information and secondly none of them really provide a way of easily managing the configurations.

    I will update it with sensible suggestions for as long as practical and if users find it useful

    The Concept
    Therefore the following is based around the idea of simple and effective management of the battery consuming applications, facilities and connections on this phone. This is achieved by configuring screens with simple applications and toggle (on/off) style widgets.

    In other words, set up your Desire's default settings as a phone (remember those days when a mobile was for phone calls and texts). Then when you want it to be a computer, or navigator, or PDA etc, quickly enable it to be one.

    The Configuration
    Set up a single screen with system management tools and/or use a systems control bar.
    The objective being to make it as easy as possible to manage (eg toggle on and off) the following facilities:
    Data Connection
    Back Light time and brightness

    Then essentially disable all the above until required. Simple really, yet so very effective. Keeping them all in one place allows one to easily see and manage them.

    Then when you wish to sync an app or feature or facility, enable the most appropriate connection and sync as required (eg if by useable wifi, and you wish to update your emails or weather or sports app, press the wifi widget, the sync widget and/or the specific application sync). Then when done disable the same features.

    The Examples
    Set up a single screen with all of the inbuilt control widgets and any additional or replacement widgets you wish

    It is also feasible to set up Power Control at the top of multiple screens (or even better, use Extended Controls bar widget with all the above)

    You may also wish to set up specific widgets next to certain apps (such as the GPS toggle next to Navigation shortcut)

    Use a task killer (such as Advanced Task Killer Free) and use the widget to frequently kill un-required apps - Again you could load the widget on multiple pages.

    Whilst not necessary if using above configuration, it is still worth configuring all your applications that require data access to sensible refresh frequency rates such as every hour (or not at all) (eg, sportmobile, weather, news etc ).

    The Other common recommendations
    Use lowest screen brightness appropriate to ambient conditions (again a simple widget is best tool here such as curve fish )

    Use Darker wallpapers and Don't use moving wallpapers.

    Disable 'Wireless Network Positioning Services' - Again slightly superfluous with above phone set up.

    Of course if you know you are never far from a charging facility then keep everything on and synchronising away ... but at least this way, you can quickly and confidently know that you can make your phone last days and not hours.

    Doesn't your Phone ever need spleep?
    Open the Spare parts application ( Spare Parts vAd Supported Application for Android | Tools ), then tap battery history, and using the top list box select 'Partial Wake Usage'. Any app with a large bar on here is stopping your phone from sleeping when inactive, and hence will seriously dent your battery life.

    Open up the application in question, and look through settings trying to find anything that could keep the phone awake. It could be anything from frequent online updates (Eg sports or email apps), through to a flashing notification LED (Eg Handcent). For anything that is updating, set it to a less frequent interval or, preferably, a manual update only, and disable any other functions that could stop the phone sleeping. Then see if your battery life improves.

    The Summary
    I hope you find this beneficial - I have tripled my battery life under normal use.

    Summary of additional tools used by the Crimson Pirate ;-):
    Extended Controls - Honolulu Team
    SystemPanelLite - NextApp inc
    Spare Parts - Android Apps
    Advanced Task Killer - ReChild
    Brightness Level - CurveFish

    Additional application information suggested by others:
    SwitchPro (Power control widget) SwitchPro Widget v1.8.3 Application for Android | Tools
    Extended Controls Extended Controls v3.8.4 (changelog on Application for Android | Tools
    EasySwitch is a good alternative to Extended Controls and it's free
    JuiceDefender - gets mixed reviews but works for many
    SetCPU (for rooted users)


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  2. WozzaTT

    WozzaTT Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2010
    Excellent idea - this thread will become invaluable I'm sure :)

    Maybe people could add screenshots of their system management tools screens as well?

    Just a suggestion - feel free to ignore!
  3. Phenomenological

    Phenomenological Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    Might want to add...

    Link to SwitchPro (Power control widget)
    SwitchPro Widget v1.8.3 Application for Android | Tools

    Link to Extended Controls
    Extended Controls v3.8.4 (changelog on Application for Android | Tools

    Also, it might help to add some information about controlling apps that are running in the background. Something along the lines of:

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  4. snowmobile

    snowmobile Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2010
    EasySwitch is a good alternative to Extended Controls and it's free. It includes switches for all of the items you mentioned in one neat sized widget.
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  5. Nodders

    Nodders Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    Worth adding a section on apps such as JuiceDefender and SetCPU (for rooted users)? Some say they don't work but they've been very useful to me and others in extending battery life.
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  6. Captain Vallo

    Captain Vallo Member
    Thread Starter

    May 25, 2010
    As with such open source stuff, there will be lots of alternatives to the applications etc (damn, I could have saved 79p) but what I was trying to get across was more of an approach on how to configure the phone to get the most out of it.

    I have to say much of this was down to Phenomenological's advice and guidance in other threads.

    Maybe it will become a 'sticky'

    For the record, I am on 92% after 5 hours, some market stuff, few texts, 4 calls.

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