5 quick tips to get the most out of your BlackBerry Z3 battery

BlackBerry Z3
By James Richardson on 5 Jul 2014 02:57 pm EDT

If you've picked up a BlackBerry Z3 as your smartphone of choice, chances are that the battery life probably won't be an issue as it comes packing one of a reasonable size - 2500mAh. Saying that though, there's nothing worse than running out of juice and as the Z3 battery is non-removable it's worth tweaking the settings to maximize things.

We all use our BlackBerry in different ways so battery life always varies from user to user. But these days, when we have to be connected, a low or dead battery is some peoples worst nightmare.

So below is a short list of simple tips and tricks to make your BlackBerry Z3 last as long as possible.

Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & NFC

If you're not using it then it's worth switching off the above features as they will eat up some battery life. Looking at Wi-Fi for example - while it's is on but not being used the BlackBerry will continue to search for Wi-Fi connections - hence why you'll use up some juice. In addition, if you can use Wi-Fi you should as this too is kinder on your battery.

  • Go to Settings > Network Connections to enable/disable

Change refresh settings

Some BlackBerry 10 applications, social ones in particular, will automatically refresh in the background. With most of them you have the option to change how frequently this happens. It's logical that the more often an app pulls in new data, the more battery it will use. So increase how often this happens from within the settings of the app. I tend to set mine to refresh every hour although I manually update them each time I open said app.

Dim the display

Like with any smartphone, the brighter the display, the faster your battery will drain. If you don't need the screen to be super bright why not dim it?

  • Go to Settings > Display to alter the brightness

Change the screen timeout

Once you finish using your Z3 and put it down the screen will continue to be on for a set time. Within the settings you can change how long it stays on for and from experience it makes sense to change this setting to prevent the display from being on for too long.

  • Once again go to Settings > Display to see the options available

Close Active Frames

As mentioned already, some BlackBerry 10 apps will auto refresh while in their Active Frame state. Applications like battery or weather apps will want to do this on a regular basis and although it doesn't use a ton of battery it will consume some. Closing Active Frames will sort this problem and give you that extra bit of power should you need it. Just long hold on the cross at the bottom right of the Active Frame to close it down.

Charged and ready to go

And that's my top five tips for your new BlackBerry Z3 owners. Like with any new device, it can take a little while to get things adjusted so you're getting the most from your handset. While the battery on the Z3 is pretty awesome anyway, the above tips may come in handy for you at some point.

Reader comments

5 quick tips to get the most out of your BlackBerry Z3 battery


I will only buy BlackBerry only if device has removable battery.
Especially since BlackBerry claims its device is for professionals and targeting corporate customers.

Just swap in a 2nd battery and you're good to go.
No recharging dongles to hold you back!

I don't think you even have a blackberry Z3.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

I think it was to the 'first' commentator whose attempt at sly humour was lame. And who probably doesn't have a Z3.

Posted via CB10

Bullshet that was pretty good.

Posted via z30 STA100-5 the only high end business device on the market

Don't need to long hold/press to close it, just hit the X and it closes right away.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

There is some sort of difference between long holding the x vs just tapping.

Posted via CB10 on my awesome black Q10 or my white sexy Z10

I've seen a difference when closing the contacts app when you long hold the x it resets the search in the app

Posted via CB10 on my awesome black Q10 or my white sexy Z10

Maybe it resets the app to the start screen or something, but I can tell that if the app can run in the backgroun, a tap or a long pess won't make any difference.

Reading your post reminded me I had changed the screen to stay on longer and had forgotten to change the screen time out settings back to shorter periods of time, lol. Thank you!

I agree with most of your points with the exception of NFC, it consumes virtually no power in standby mode.

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This is interesting! Thanks for sharing! I'm gonna run a test the following week and see if my Z30 (yeah, I know) shows any difference in battery usage!

Yes it's better if you want to save your battery Life to not install androïd apps but you know I got friends who don't use bbm (on iphone) cause the app eat their battery.

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I do.

My favorite, the sales person told me "BlackBerry is going out of business."

Dumb sheep, deserve iToys


... yeah... the propaganda... if I didn't have internet, I couldn't buy my BlackBerry - BlackBerry 10 devices removed from the stores fast enough in France.

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I've been told these things too by sales reps in companies which do sell Blackberry but they aggresively try to convert every sale into an Iphone sale:

"Blackberry is going out of business soon"

"Blackberry is getting out of the handset business, they don't plan to make phones anymore"

"The Iphone is a much better phone"

...these comments from the people who have new BB10 Blackberrys on their store shelves.

Blackberry has a lot of hurdles to overcome here and aggressive marketing/promotion is urgently needed.

Reason for that is, BlackBerry major telecom companies around the world stopped stocking BlackBerry's once the news was released that BlackBerry wasn't going to make phones anymore and focus on BES, moving more towards catering for businesses, obviously that didn't happen, but salesmen didn't get the memo eh?, they just got the news one day and no update since Get what I mean..

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I got my z3 today and the worst part is.... it can only run 4 apps on the active frame unlike other BlackBerry 10.

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In other words if you don't actually USE any of the phone's features, it won't use much power LOL...

Heard this from Apple before, "You're doing it wrong".

My son use Z3. The Z3 battery is so powerful. Last more than a day. And he use android app for game like clash of clan etc.
Btw the Z3 don't have NFC

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No, that's not stupid when you consider the target market. Remember that the Z3 is aimed at emerging markets. My Z10 has NFC, but there is zero practical uses of the NFC here in Indonesia.

All valid ways of saving battery, but all a little ridiculous also. Just use the phone how you wish. It's not a Z10 whose battery lasts 5 minutes.

And, to answer one query above, I believe the Z3 will support 8 actives frames once 10.3 is released.

The Human Torch was denied a bank-loan.

Sorry, but I hate this kind of tips..... What's the point of using a smartphone when you need to turn those functions off.
Why don't just turn off the phone.... then you can save more battery....

Idea of article is not to stop using those features, just to turn them off when you're not using them. If I'm in car, driving, what's the point of having wifi on?

Posted via CB10

If you are in the car, plug in and charge your device - that way you don't need to think about saving battery anyway.

One thing that has worked miracle for me is the background wallpaper.

I get fed up of everything no matter what it is and the only thing that doesn't get on my nerves is solid black.

I took a small file off the Internet called "pure black". The blackness is so deep that I realised the black interface of BlackBerry is not actually black but very dark grey (peek mode for comparison). The deep black consumes nothing on battery, way better than a flashy pink background. Even when cranking up brightness, it only impacts icon and the back stays black, worked beautifully.

Z30 Vivo Brasil

I've noticed with my Z10 and Z30, using Wifi when available actually increases battery Life. Cell data drains like crazy compared to using the Wifi. I always turn off LTE too. Try it out...

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let me help to change the refresh setting on my Blackberry Z3. I could not find out this setting. Please help me. Thank you in advance.