How to Make Your Android Devices More Productive
Are you getting all the productivity out of your Android smartphone or tablet? As a student, you rely on your Android devices to track your assignments, schedules and grades. Your mobile devices are essential to your success and safety.
Use the following android productivity tips to keep your device from getting sluggish or having poor battery performance.
Tablets and smartphones use three types of batteries. They are Lithium-Ion, Lithium-Polymer and Nickel-Cadmium. Each requires a different strategy to maximize performance. None of these batteries last forever. They all have a finite number of recharge cycles. How you use your devices greatly affects their recharge intervals.
Lithium-ion or Li-ion batteries are the most commonly used type. They do not play well with ultra fast charging and frequent full discharges.
Lithium-ion Polymer or LiPo batteries are a variation of their Li-ion cousin. They have the same properties except they can take a variety of shapes to better fit within the devices they power.
Nickel-Cadmium or NiCd batteries are older and more limited. They are limited to 500 charges, so a rigid maintenance plan is needed to keep it running for at least two years. Only this type of battery needs discharging periodically or it will hold less of a charge. However, never let NiCd batteries fully discharge—that really shortens their shelf life.
Here are a few tips:
- Use the charger that came with your device or an OEM replacement. Don’t let the device overheat or get too cold; both are bad for the battery performance.
- Give Li-ion and LiPo batteries some juice when an AC supply is available. Fully charging is not essential.
Clear Out Memory Clutter
The Android OS is a memory managing marvel. When you have many installed apps, Android constantly works to retrieve, update and store bits and pieces of data from every app you have.
Periodically, go into Settings/Application Manager and click on apps you haven’t used in a while. Look for two buttons in the information panel for the app: Clear Cache and Clear Data. Pressing one or both will free up old data that app collected.
Remember, it takes battery power and memory to maintain that data collection.
Kill Off Unused Apps From Suspended Memory
Android is designed to manage memory efficiently. Apps run in suspended background memory when not actively the focus of your fingers. The newest versions of Android reload opened apps from the previous session when you power the device on again. Don’t let apps pile up in memory. That bogs down the works. Use the recent apps button to swipe close apps that you no longer need in that session.
Avoid Memory Boosters and Cleaner Apps
Another essential Android strategy is to long press the Home button. That gives you access to the Task Manager. The screen layout depends on the Android version you have. The button for the Recent Apps screen lets you kill off all running apps. The RAM Memory screen shows the memory consumption. Press the button under the screen display to flush the memory.
Suggestion: Do not bother with so-called “task killer” apps or apps that claim they speed up your device’s memory or clean out the clutter. Experience shows that they just consume more memory and drain battery power.