Extend Z10 Battery in 3 Steps!
- Open settings
- Tap Display
- Turn off 'Allow Gestures when Locked'
Sorry for yet another battery thread, but this is for every Z10 owner that may have missed this tip. For the many that report abysmal 6 hour-ish battery life, this tip should help substantially. That was my Z10 too. Many have posted this tip in other thread replies, but without many follow ups.
Is this a Bug? Yeah, seems like it. I don't think we should have to turn this defining feature off, but until OTA update addresses this, I will deal with it.
So to all disappointed Z10 owners, have you tried this yet? Post a your before and after!
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-16-13, 02:13 AM #7
- 211 Posts
But for those of us CURSED with a battery from the defective batches, every little thing we can do to cut back on battery drain will extend OUR battery life a little bit longer than the 4.5 hours that WE get on a full charge.
I've swapped my Z10 for a new one once already and so far no improvement in battery life; however, I'm giving it a week or more as apparently the device can take a while to 'learn' the battery profile. If nothing improves during that time (as it did not on my previous Z10) then I will be taking this one back as well. And I will keep doing so until I get one that works as well as yours.
So with respect, your experience is not our experience, so don't rag on the OP for posting the useful tip that he did.
- CrackBerry Master
02-16-13, 02:26 AM #8
- 1,202 Posts
I've been lucky I guess. After the first full over night charge I took my phone off the charger around 4:30am and didn't plug it back in until 6pm that night and I had a little less than a quarter of the battery life left. This was also my first full day with it so I was probably playing with it more than I will once I've had it a while.
I try not to leave many frames open, I've dimmed my screen a bit more than the default and I don't use LTE just HSPA+ I get the same if not better battery life than I did from my 9790.
now, If I'm at home using bluetooth for bridge and wifi thats a whole other story, the battery will drain quicker.
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-16-13, 02:43 AM #9
- 127 Posts
I like I said in my opinion it did not help me (much) but i might be one of of the lucky users. I get around 12 hours out of it.
With swipe to unlock off I get an extra hour. The strangest thing is when I'm at work and on wifi all day I still get 12 hours its like the checking for data really kills Z10's
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Joeybee & Remus really you can't see how this trade off might be good for some Z10 owners? I am glad your Zs are fine.
Yeah the lock button is an extra step. Maybe you didn't catch that I would prefer to keep this on, but for now I prefer longer times between charges.
ex. If your Z10 was off charge at 7:40 am and by 11:30 am its sitting at 63% without really even using it since your in class, thats not good. Then hit 40% around 1 pm with some browsing and BBM... That is pretty bad.
Emu - How would this help the battery?
The capacitive bezel needs to have small voltage applied to create an electrostatic field, always ready to detect a finger for the unlock gesture. Now this should be no big deal, but it does consume some energy. The other thing is the screen/digitizer seems to also have a voltage applied too, as I can unlock the phone without actually touching the bottom bezel [I just tried, screen swipe works too].
If the gestures are off and the display is black, no voltage is applied to charge the screen/digitizer or the bottom bezel and create a electrostatic field. The lock button is a [simple] switch by comparison. Saves some energy. But, also I feel this is a bug, and should be fixable. That is my thinking about this. Does not affect all of us either.. :/
- 02-16-13, 08:45 AM #11
I found this didn't help very much. but a tip i would suggest:
when done looking at your z10, hit the top button to put it to sleep (turn screen off) instead of letting the screen display when you're not looking at it.
- CrackBerry User
02-17-13, 03:54 AM #14
- 11 Posts
so is this a battery issue most likely or a device issue? I tried this method but after a half a day I had to switch back to "allow gestures" because I use it so much. I would say that my battery life is affecting the productivity of my phone. it is plugged in ALOT
- 02-17-13, 08:44 PM #18
I did this on 2/5 after playing with mine for a few hours and seeing high power drains. It has definitely added extra battery life...and where it really makes a difference is in the standby time, which makes a lot of sense since the screen is never really "off" if the swipe-to-wake feature is active.
- 02-17-13, 08:50 PM #19
- 02-18-13, 01:38 AM #21
If you are referring to the OP's post he said "For the many that report abysmal 6 hour-ish battery life". He does NOT say that it will get another 6+ hours of battery.
As a side note, I am not sure where the "For the many that report abysmal 6 hour-ish battery life" claim is coming from anyway. As someone who comes on this site clearly more often then the OP I am seeing a general 12 hour claim. I am also among these people with 12 hours battery.
- 02-18-13, 01:43 AM #22
There are no 'defective batches'.We heard that story with the 9900 and some of us swapped batteries a billion times with no avail. I for one went through 3 Bold 9900 devices just looking for decent battery life.
bottom line is the poor battery life is most likely down to radio issues...i'm sure you'll find that many of those with excellent battery life have their devices connected to Wifi most of the day, have few BBM contacts, don't belong to any BB Groups and live and work in areas with excellent signal quality.
- 02-18-13, 01:48 AM #23
- 02-18-13, 01:54 AM #24
On the z10 default settings when you press the top button the phone screen turns black. It can then be awoken by swiping up from the bottom bezel, without even touching the top button again.
Once the no gestures when locked feature is enabled when you press the top button and the phone goes black, you have to press the top button again and then swipe up. Instead of just swiping up.
In effect, the bezel sensors are turned off when the screen is black by using this "tip"
- 02-18-13, 02:05 AM #25
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