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Essential Apps for Traveling

When it comes to traveling using an app is make or break. Many apps can prove crucial to facilitating your trip as hassle free as possible. Whether you’re looking for weather forecasts, taxi services or accommodation, for the modern smartphone user there is literally an app to aid all aspects of your trip. This blogpost aims to identify the essential apps you should download, to ensure a smooth trip whether traveling for business or leisure!

 

1) RometoRio: When it comes to travel based apps, the first idea that crosses the minds of most is often navigation based. With 136,284 Train Lines, 745,105 Bus Routes, 9,393 different ferry crossings and 49,832 flight paths, it would be rude not to let RometoRio organize your transportation! Wouldn’t it? What’s more, the app also sources rental cars and provides the option to allow booking.com to search for available accommodation during your stay- ideal for the spontaneous traveler. This trip is really starting to come together!

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rome2rio-find-out-how-to-get-from-a-to-b/id569793256?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rome2rio.www.rome2rio&hl=en_GB

 

2) Flight Stats: Tired of waiting around for delayed flights or hurryingly trying to find the correct terminal or departure gate? Flight stats provides the perfect remedy to ensuring your airport experience starts a vacation in the way you mean to go on- relaxing and stress free! The app provides a notification if flight is experiencing a delay, allowing time for a leisurely stroll around the terminal duty free. Similarly a notification is also sent once the departure gate is announced, preventing you from experiencing the struggles of a lengthy queue! Flight Stats even provides a flight map for the more curious travelers amongst us (me included!).

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/flightstats/id572700574?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.conducivetech.android.traveler&hl=en_GB

 

3) Accu Weather: Whether traveling for business or pleasure awareness of your destinations weather forecast before packing and departing is always a useful thing to have. You wouldn’t wear shorts in a snowstorm would you? The app can also prove a time and space saving commodity, by eliminating need to pack unnecessary items of clothing. Therefore not only do you save time and space, Accu Weather app also avoids the Airport check in embarrassment of being other the baggage limit and systematically removing pairs of socks!

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/accuweather-weather-for-life/id300048137?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuweather.android&hl=en_GB

 

4) Airbnb: Airbnb provides an alternative to accommodation booking to contacting a hotel. This app enables sourcing accommodation that provides you with more freedom and flexibility. Opposing the traditional hotel or bed and breakfast facility, Airbnb allows you to house share or rent a house for the duration of your stay. This creates a greater degree when it comes to checking in or out and mealtimes- after all a home cooked meal (whilst traveling!), always beats a hotel set menu! Additionally, house sharing also allows you to interact with other people who are also tourists in your destination!

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/airbnb/id401626263?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airbnb.android&hl=en_GB

 

5) Maps: Maps is an essential application when looking to find your way around a vacation destination or even your hometown (yes, I may have used it in the latter!). Which confirms that maps is particularly useful when traveling to and navigating your way around an unknown or unfamiliar destination. Maps carefully analyses roads and footpaths for the motorists and pedestrians, verbally and visually guiding you through the quickest route from A to B making the act of being lost a thing of the past! The app even has a public transport option identifying bus or metro routes and detailing their departure times!

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/google-maps-gps-navigation/id585027354?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps&hl=en_GB

 

6) Uber: Uber provides a revolutionary concept in the transport industry, instead of manually calling a taxi firm from your cell phone with potentially long waits and expensive fares, Uber allows for you to simply search for your chosen destination from your current location. This can prove a particularly useful tool when traveling to an unknown city, as the app locates the closest Uber driver to your location- minimising waiting times and avoiding awkward language barriers.

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/uber/id368677368?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab&hl=en_GB

 

7) Trip Advisor: Not every day is a holiday (in fact they’re few and far between!), so it’s essential to maximise enjoyment during those that are- Trip Advisor is certainly pivotal in achieving this! Trip Advisor is based around people’s experiences and reviews at hotels and restaurants and is a constantly expanding database. This service provides you with the opportunity to identify the best hotels and restaurants to make your experiences as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. In other words it identifies where’s hot and where’s not- embracing the former and carefully avoiding the latter!

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/tripadvisor-hotels-restaurants/id284876795?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripadvisor.tripadvisor&hl=en_GB

 

8) XE Currency: Renowned for its accurate and fast transition of information, XE Currency facilitates the conversion of multi currencies with ease. The app also downloads and stores the rates of different currencies, this is particularly useful when traveling abroad as it will significantly reduce any roaming charges that you could be exposed to! Additionally historic data and precious metals are also stored within the app on off line mode, allowing for the monitoring of trends.

Download here:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/xe-currency/id315241195?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.xe.currency&hl=en_GB

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How to get the most out of WhatsApp features

WhatsApp is not just a social media platform designed to facilitate and simplify calling or messaging contacts from anywhere in the world through the internet- it also offers a range of unique and interesting features. This blog post serves as a guide to make sure you get the most out of WhatsApp and its features, whether you need to call home from abroad or more importantly need a response from that one non-cooperative member of the group chat- our 6 step guide has got you covered!

 

 1) Text editing: WhatsApp unlike many other social media streams enables text to be edited dependent on form of expression etc. Certain functions on the WhatsApp interface enable users to choose from bold, italics and strike-through text when communicating with contacts. Accessing these adapted text formats and designs is simple, with a straightforward process

To access bold text: Simply place an asterisks symbol at both the beginning and end of your intended message – *Bold*.

To access an italics font: Similarly to using bold text, enabling italics consists of inserting symbol to the beginning and end of your message, in this case an underscore _Italics_

 

To access a strike-through text: Non-surprisingly accessing a strikethrough text requires (You guessed it!) adding a symbol at the beginning and end of your message- this time a tilde sign ~strikethrough~

 

Additionally for the more ambitious WhatsApp users, it is possible to integrate a number of these features for example Bold text in an italics format would be achieved by typing the message _*BoldItalics*_

 

2) Broadcasting: WhatsApp also offers a broadcasting option, which is available for all of its users. Broadcasting lists enable messages to be sent to multiple numbers or contacts and can be accessed by tapping the chat heading in the bottom right of the screen, enabling the broadcast list to be opened in the top left of the screen. These can then be sent to any number of contacts! WhatsApp’s broadcasting feature can be used to send pretty much anything and is particularly useful for quickly informing regular contacts if you aren’t going to be active for a while.

 

3) Sending GIF’s: GIF’s are a popular form of social media interaction and can often be used as a witty response to a previous message. With that said, it is of pivotal importance that you are aware of how to access the wonderful world of GIF’s within WhatsApp. Like many other social media outlets, WhatsApp offers its own collection of GIF’s free to use for all users. To access WhatsApp’s GIFS, follow the usual approach to accessing multimedia and press the ‘+’ icon, once opened you will have identified a section entitled GIF featured a magnifying glass. Open this and you will find a GIF more than appropriate for any social media situation!

4) Monitor when your messages have been read: Tired of waiting hours for a reply from that same person on the group chat? WhatsApp offers a unique feature to inform you when the said party has seen your message. Once a message has been read the two ticks located in the bottom right of the message will turn to blue. Please note if you haven’t received a response by this time, you may want to type a follow up message!

5) Manage your social life: WhatsApp facilitates the organisation of your social life, with its exclusive add to calendar feature. Using WhatsApp will ensure you never miss a social event or turn up late ever again, whether you or a counterpart in your conversation sends a date it will appear automatically as a link to add to your calendar. For the more spur of the moment/ last minute individuals among us (myself included!), WhatsApp has also been programmed to recognize certain key words such as today or tomorrow- making spontaneous plans easier than ever!

6) Calling People is also facilitated by WhatsApp. This provides an alternative to using up minutes on your cellular plan. This feature is particularly useful and cost effective when at home with access to a Wi-Fi connection- preserving valuable minutes. The calling feature included within WhatsApp is also of great advantage when travelling abroad. Connecting to a Wi-Fi connection upon arrival at your chosen destination, not only provides a homesick call home (we’ve all been there!), it will also make expensive roaming charges a thing of the past!

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How to Block a Number from a Samsung?

Are you tired of constant spam calls, messages and emails? Or is it a personal number that is bothering you? Such unwanted contact can become tiresome and frustrating, so it’s important to know how to avoid these issues in the future. A common option to prevent spam callers or contacts, is to ring up your network provider and ask them to block certain numbers. However, this is a task that can prove particularly time consuming. The following guide provides a hassle free, manual approach to block numbers which only requires a small amount of your time.  The following content explains the process required to block a number from a Samsung device, as well as enabling the blocking of all unknown/withheld numbers, as well as the option to block an individual number.

 

1) Tap the Phone Icon: The first step to blocking a number on your Samsung device is relatively straightforward and self-explanatory (we’ll tell you anyway!). On your home screen, tap the Phone Icon on your home screen, as though you were about to make a call or open your contact list

 

2) Open more options: Having opened the Phone Icon, you will notice 3 small dots, vertically aligned and located in the top right corner of the screen. These dots represent more options, tap to open these.

 

3) Settings: Upon opening more options you will be presented with a drop down choice of options, you will need to select the bottom option labelled Settings, in order to continue with the process.

 

4) Block Numbers: Once settings have been identified scroll through the various settings categories, until you reach call settings- here the first option that you will find is a brief description entitled Block Numbers. Open this description.

 

5) Blocking an Anonymous Number: After this stage the first port of call is the option to block anonymous calls, by following a simplistic process. This process consists of identifying the setting, (conveniently the setting at the top of the list!) and then merely switching on the button termed Block anonymous calls to prevent anymore anonymous numbers contacting you.

 

6) Blocking Personal Numbers: The alternative course of action to blocking anonymous numbers is the ability to block individual or personal numbers with an identity. To block any number of this description, simply type the specified number into the box entitled Add Phone Number (located directly below the Block anonymous calls switch).

 

7) View Blocked Numbers: Directly underneath the Add Phone Number section, you can find access to any numbers you have previously blocked, which are made visible and listed here. This tool can also be used for monitoring purposes.

 

 

*Please note this process is based solely on Samsung devices (I was using a Samsung Galaxy S7) and will not be applicable on other provider’s devices.

Looking for a guide to number blocking on an iPhone?  Check out:

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How your phone can make you feel at home

We understand that the mobile phone is an essential part of our everyday lives; we rely on technology for everything from communication to entertainment, and whether you’re travelling or living abroad, this doesn’t change. When you’re away from loved ones virtual communication becomes paramount for keeping the homesickness at bay; this is why we offer a range of mobile and data solutions- so you can have access to cheap and fast data wherever you are in the world.

Here are 5 ways your phone can help you to stay connected:

  1. Messaging – it is now easier than ever to use instant messaging abroad, just like you would at home.

iMessage is available on all Apple products; iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. Like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp (which are perfect for Android as well as iPhone), it comes with features such as voice notes, document sharing, photo and video sharing and if you’re too busy to reply to a message, you can simply like or react to it.

Email is also important for staying in touch; apps such as Gmail will make your life a whole lot simpler with notifications to your phone and with our fast data it’s easy to read, reply and compose messages anywhere.

  1. Video calling – often messages and phone calls aren’t enough and a familiar face is all you need!

Skype is perfect for whenever you’re apart; text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences that matter to you, as they happen. Talk with friends and family or even hold a meeting with work colleagues. You can use Skype on your iPhone or Android or if you fancy a bigger screen it works on a range of computers and tablets.  

FaceTime is the iPhone only alternative, available on iPhone, iPad and iPod. You don’t even have to download an app, it’s already installed in your device with your Apple ID!

Facebook video call is another great option. Especially due to the split screen feature; you can conveniently chat to a group chat (max 50 people), all from different locations.

  1. Social media –  it’s impossible to message/call/video chat every person in your contacts, that’s why social media is important for notifying your wider circle of friends of your whereabouts.  

Uploading photos of your travels on Instagram is the perfect way to gain followers. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape or a delicious meal, be sure to post wherever you are and make all your pals just the right amount of jealous.

Facebook offers everything from status updates, location updates and instant messaging to live streaming, photo and video uploads… the best ways to let everyone know what you’re up to.

Snapchat is another fun photo sharing app. With pictures that delete after 10 seconds and stories that last up to 24 hours, Snapchat is great for short daily updates to show everyone you’re alive and well.

  1. Music – With our fast data SIM cards it’s never been easier to stream your favourite tunes wherever you are.

Apple Music or Spotify are essential for helping you settle into a different environment. There’s nothing more comforting than listening to your favourite artist on repeat and with Spotify streaming this is available anywhere! Spotify’s daily mixes and recommendations are also amazing for introducing new music into your life.

  1. Phone calls – a simple phone call home never fails to reconnect you and your family.

The best ways to avoid extortionate international roaming bills (the cost of using your home server abroad) include; buying a prepaid SIM card that works in your destination country, renting a phone with connections to the local network and using smartphone apps.

Messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Skype and FaceTime offer a calling feature. They also work on WiFi or data instead of network calling, therefore allowing you to hear a familiar voice at a lower cost.

Using data abroad has the potential to become extremely expensive as well. We want you to enjoy your travels without the worry and fear of phone bills. 0044 offers a range of data solutions with international SIM cards that cover over 34 countries so you can use data the same way you would at home, find out more on the 0044 website.

Alternatively, check out Cellhire for a variety of travel devices including a European and International data SIM cards and MiFis.

Extra money saving tip: We recognise that family need you just as much as you need them; whether it’s asking how a washing machine works or how to cook a unique meal just the way you do, they need to be able to call you at a minute’s notice. We can help you make sure home can reach you from a UK landline wherever you are in the world, at a lower rate. 0044 offers fantastic solutions for international calls; make calls from 1p per minute and save loved ones 90% on landline calls. They simply have to dial your country’s cheap calls access number provided on our website, wait for the tone and then dial your number. See for yourself online.

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Expected This Fall: iOS 11

Just when we thought iOS couldn’t get any better… Apple announces iOS 11. Packed with some of the biggest changes and feature improvements we have ever seen, “iOS 11 makes iPhone so smart, it learns from you.” Below are 11 of the best features we can’t wait to see!

1. Photos / Camera

Your camera roll is about to look very different. Firstly, those live photos that came along with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, yeah they’re so much better now. You can now choose which frame is the main shot for your live photos as well as your burst photos. This means no more blur when looking through your memories. You also have the option to trim and mute live photos. Not bad really. Keeping up with the times, the iPhone now allows you to turn your live photos / videos into GIFs. Ultimately meaning you can now post your own GIFs to Twitter / Instagram for extra personalization. This not enough? You also have the option to ‘loop’, ‘bounce’ and ‘long exposure’ your images, similar to a GIF but so much better!

In terms of camera, expect higher quality photos. We’re talking more natural skin tones, higher res of background and colors that just ‘pop’!

2. Storage

What’s more annoying than going to take a photo and having the “Storage Full” message flash up? Nothing, that’s what. Which is probably why Apple has compressed the format of photos in iOS 11. Without sacrificing image quality, you will now be able to store up to twice as many photos and videos on any device sporting an A9 processor or above. This is anything from the iPhone 6S onwards.

3. App Store

Prepare to be fronted with a whole new App Store, because it’s being completely redesigned… from scratch. With over 2 million apps featured, the App Store did need looking at. iOS 11 sports brand new tabs, easier navigation, enhanced search and also allows users to see new releases. Finally there will be sections specifically dedicated to gaming and user recommendations. Overall, expect the App Store to look cleaner, crisper and show off brand new bolder text and colors.

4. Messages / Keyboards

Finally, messages will be synced via iCloud. That means you’ll have every up to date iMessage on all your devices… took you long enough Apple! Not enough? Well there’s more. If you installed iOS 10, you’ll be all too familiar with the effects and features added to iMessage. We saw messages integrate apps, music as well as GIFs, the only downside is that it was a little messy. iOS 11 aims to fix this, you’re getting a brand new ‘drawer’ full of apps, games, GIFs and stickers that you can easily navigate through to include in your message. Also included – Apple Pay! Request and send money to friends via the Apple Pay button in iMessage. It’s quick, easy and secure!

Still want more from your messages? iOS 11 adds in two new message effects to join ‘Slam’, ‘Loud’, ‘Gentle’ and ‘Invisible Ink’… say hello to ‘Echo’ and ‘Spotlight’. When using the ‘Echo’ effect, the message receiver will be bombarded with multiple of the same message, all over their screen. ‘Spotlight’ puts the whole screen, apart from the message, in darkness, lighting the message up in a spotlight. Pretty self-explanatory really.
Do you often type one handed? iMessage now has an option for that too! It moves your keyboard buttons closer together, towards the thumb, so you never risk a typo again!

5. Siri

Siri is getting smarter. The voice controlled personal assistant will now sound more natural for a start. Say goodbye to the robot voice people, apparently it’s going! Not only this, but you can now type to Siri. Gone are the days that Siri mishears you and gives you the wrong information, type specific questions / statements and always get the most accurate information back!

With iOS 11, Siri can now translate into different languages… want to know what ‘hello’ is in Spanish? Just ask Siri. Not just this, but Siri will also be able to answer music related questions. Ask Siri who sings the song you’re listening to, who the guitarist is and what the album is called. All your preferences will be considered when asking to listen to music, movie recommendations and many more!

6. Control Center

How confusing was it when you first downloaded iOS 10 and you swiped up to your Control Center and couldn’t see your music playing? Answer: Very confusing. Well iOS 11 has gone back to just one page for your Control Center. This will make managing your settings slightly easier. Adding to the ease, Apple has included a customization element. Add in your most used setting options so they’re never more than one touch away. Static options on your Control Center are Music Controls, Volume Adjustment, Do Not Disturb, Brightness, Network Settings, Rotation Lock and Airplay, these can’t be rearranged or hidden. Add in your desired options that could include Wallet, Camera, Alarm, Notes and Calculator. Other options include new features such as Apple TV Remote – which doesn’t require an app and Screen Recording – which is pretty neat! iOS 11 integrates 3D Touch so you really do get the most out of your Control Center!

7. Do Not Disturb – (While Driving)

This is arguably Apple’s best edition to iOS. Do Not Disturb While Driving is designed to block calls, texts and other notifications while you are driving. This is with the aim of minimizing distractions at the wheel. Alike to the usual Do Not Disturb, your screen will remain silent and dark if a notification were to come through. The option will automatically be switched on once your phone connects to your cars Bluetooth, otherwise users will have to manually switch it on.

The feature comes with the option of sending auto-replies to messages from people who are in your ‘Favorites’ list, to inform them that you are driving.

8. Apple Maps

Hello indoor mapping. Making your way through an airport or a shopping center? With the new update, Apple Maps includes clear and detailed floorplans of buildings so you’ll never get lost again. Currently the update only includes the indoor mapping of selected buildings but Apple is aiming to extend this with every new software update.

Not just that, but Apple Maps will now include speed limits on the majority of roads and clearer lane guidance so you’re not a risk of missing your turnings on main roads.

9. Notes

Expect more from your notes. Much more. For starters, you can finally format your notes. Want a heading? They can be included. You also have the option of ‘paper type’. Lined notes, notes in a grid and plain paper are all available. Don’t want to type? You can handwrite notes on the horizontal view and iOS 11 will automatically turn them into typed notes once you turn portrait again.

Other new features include the ability to pin notes to the top of your page so you don’t have to go hunting for them, an option to PDF notes and send them on via email / text and you are also able to scan documents directly into your notes.

10. Volume Box

That annoying opaque box that obscures the video you’re watching, that’s going. No longer will you have to pause your video to change the volume or have to rewind it to see what you’ve missed. iOS 11 is sorting that out. There will be a new volume bar, when you change the volume whilst watching something, the bar will come up in the top right of the screen, no longer obstructing your view.

11. Setting up New Device

New iPhones come out every year, so you’ve probably always got your eyes peeled for your next model. Well, when you get your new device, there’s now a new way to set it up. Before, you’d have to restore your device from iCloud. Now, if you own another iOS device, you can simply hold up your new device to your old one. All your settings and preferences will automatically be imported, making setting up your device, so much quicker!

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Essential Apps To Enjoy Summer

With summer here, it’s time for you to start making plans and creating memories. Whether you’re traveling the world, visiting the beach or just on staycation, it is essential you occupy your time, have fun and most importantly stay safe.  Technology has shaped organization and schedules in recent years and in the modern world that we live in there’s pretty much an app for everything! With so many apps on the market to choose from, it is increasingly important that you choose the right apps to make the most out of summer this year.

      • PackPoint

        When it comes to the vacation season, packing your suitcase marks the start of your adventure. Yet many people arrive at their vacation destination with excess and unnecessary luggage. Downloading PackPoint will prevent this from ever happening again! PackPoint prides itself on its smart packing ability, based on the duration of your visit, activities arranged during the vacation and forecasted weather at the travel destination- PackPoint will organize and advise exactly what you need to pack.

      • Raymio

        With the summer sun finally here, it’s time to get outside! However the question on many people’s minds is: Can you enjoy the sunny weather, without causing any damage to your health? Raymio is an app designed to keep you safe in the sun and protected from its UV Rays, by using a number of settings. By informing Raymio of your complexion, the app is able to give you the most accurate guidance, by checking out the amount of sun that your skin can to be exposed before incurring risk and harm. Additionally by notifying the app of your location and environment, the app becomes personalized and based on current conditions and UV rays, a notification will be sent each time you need to top up with sun lotion.

      • DoStuff

        DoStuff provides a straightforward means of activity finding, by listing events that are happening in 20 major US cities, the app enables you to fill your evenings and weekends with entertainment. Event organizers and co-ordinators from across the US, work closely alongside the app operators and inform DoStuff of events that they have organized- detailing date, time and location. This allows you to find out what’s happening near you or to experience something new in a city you happen to be visiting. Therefore making DoStuff an essential app for creating memories on either a staycation or vacation.

      • Spotify

        Spotify provides the perfect condiment to a summer’s evening. With excess of 30 million songs at your disposal, there’s ample music to suit everybody’s taste. Spotify has the option to download your favorite songs and albums to your device, alongside the opportunity to create your own playlist. The app also recommends new songs and artists based on the content you have been listening to, providing users with an opportunity to discover and explore the unknown. The app also provides you with built-in, pre-made playlists dependent on the mood- whether it’s a chilled evening in the garden or a vacation playlist, Spotify has it covered.

      • GrillTime

        Ideal for the perfect summer BBQ, GrillTime enables food to be tailored to your own bespoke needs. Enjoy a refreshing cool drink by the grill, with the timer set up. The app is also broken down into meat categories, where the optimum conditions for cooking individual items are provided; including turkey, chicken, lamb, pork, beef, steak, sausages and burgers. Alongside this, there is also the option to view grilling instructions for a vast range of vegetables and fruits. The app also monitors time keeping from either your smartphone or Apple Watch and sends you a notification when each individual item needs to be flipped or turned.

      • MyFitnessPal

        With a summer vacation around the corner, it’s time to get in shape! What better way to do this than with an app which counts calories and plans fitness routines. Type in your height, weight, age and fitness goals and MyFitnessPal will present you with a recommended calorie count, whilst monitoring consumption. This provides an excellent tool for formulating meal plans. MyFitnessPal also has over 300 preloaded exercise routines which you can adopt and carry out, making trying a new variety of activity simple. The app also has a forum area, where fellow members can interact and exchange exercise routines and nutritional values.

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How to Improve Battery Life on a Samsung

Over 50% of smartphone users check their phone immediately after waking up. But the modern smart phone user requires their device for a whole lot more than just a wake-up call. Whether it is for organizing and managing a hectic weekly schedule at work or for social media interaction – the smartphone is found at the root of these activities. With this in mind it is essential that you optimize the battery life of your device!

  • Enable Power Saving Mode.

    This ensures that all unnecessary open apps are then shutdown, enhancing and prolonging battery life. Access to this function can be gained through opening Settings > Battery > Power Saving Mode > Save Power.

  • Brightness Settings.

    Keeping Auto Brightness switched on is an effective way of preserving battery life on a Samsung device, to install this measure use Settings > Brightness > Auto Brightness. The brightness of a device can also be adjusted manually at the user’s discretion.


  • Charge Regularly

    Avoid waiting for a flat battery before charging your phone. The optimum conditions for charging the device are when battery life is around 20%. Consistently waiting until the phone battery is flat can cause long term damage to the battery.

  • Turn Vibrate Off

    Refrain from having the vibrate setting on when receiving a call or notification. In order to function, the vibrate setting requires a larger amount of battery life than the sound or silent mode setting – as a vibration motor has to be triggered each time. To avoid the unnecessary drainage of your battery, vibrate mode can be turned off by adjusting the sound setting: Settings > Volume.

  • Monitor Signal Strength of Your Device.

    If you are in an area with poor cellular coverage/connections, the workload of your device is enhanced in order to establish a connection – consequently draining the battery life of your device. A suitable option to prevent this is to turn off mobile data: Settings > Mobile Data or even turn on airplane mode in such areas: Settings > Airplane Mode.


  • Software Updates

    In order to function correctly with the latest software updates, you should ensure that all apps are automatically updated, as soon as an update becomes available: Settings > Updates > Download Updates Automatically. This is an essential component for preserving battery life.

  • Bluetooth

    Utilities such as Bluetooth require a large amount of battery life and are not always required. Therefore, only activating Bluetooth when you need to connect to another device or transfer content, when not required Bluetooth can be turned off by: Settings > Bluetooth. This is an effective way of saving battery life.

  • App Consumption

    Identify which open apps are consuming the most battery and manage this accordingly. This can be done by opening Settings > Battery. This will then reveal a detailed breakdown of each individual app.

  • Prevent Push Email.

    Push email, is a service available on Samsung devices, which alerts you as a user each time you have received a new Email. By providing this service the battery is drained, in order to disable this configuration, you must first identify the app for your Email provider – for example ‘Gmail’. Once this has been found, open Settings > Notifications > ‘Gmail’ > Notifications Off. Although disabling Push Email will result in the manual checking of emails, it will help save the battery of your device.


  • Location Services.

    Location services consume a large amount of battery life and are not necessary most of the time. To prevent Location Services from drain ing battery life, the setting can be disabled by accessing Settings > Location Icon. This setting is interchangeable and can be reactivated when using apps such as Uber and Maps, which will inevitably require your current location.