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How to use Battery Saving Mode on your BlackBerry Smartphone

Battery Saving Mode
By Adam Zeis on 31 Mar 2012 09:38 am EDT
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A brand new feature that was introduced in BlackBerry OS 7.1 is Battery Saving Mode. This simple option lets you set a battery threshold which will then automatically adjust settings to conserve battery. So instead of keeping a close eye on your device when your battery hits a low point (say 20%), with this feature enabled, the device will automatically adjust things like screen brightnes and time out in order to not waste battery power. Battery Saving Mode isn't a miracle worker, but it will keep your BlackBerry hanging on a bit longer until you can find your way to a charger. A very cool feature that I'm sure you won't mind having.

If you're running OS 7.1, Battery Saving Mode should be enabled by default, but you can head to Options > Device > Battery Saving Mode to enable/disable this feature and change the battery level. Keep in mind this is just one way to save battery on your device. You can always manually change some settings to conserve battery power. Things like turning off Wifi and lowering screen brightness can go a long way. For more on this, check out ten tips and tricks to maximize your BlackBerry battery life. If all else fails, just carry a spare battery or charger and you'll never have to worry about a dead device!

44 comments

axllebeer

Battery saving mode is great. Always on and always saving.
Boldly sent from my 9930

raj.rai

I'm on 7.1 and I don't have that feature.

axllebeer

I know on Sprint it was released for the 9930 as a second update after the initial 7.1 software. I wouldn't know how other carriers will release their updates however. Go into your options and type "update" and check for updates will come up to see if you are running the latest release of 7.1.

Abrante

I tried it out for a few days. I will activate it again when I figure out a better settings balance.

GSFWR

I love it. I have it on from 100% and get quite abit more out of my battery.

Abrante

Does it lower your screen brightness to 10%? to me it has done it 3 days straight. I don't like my 9900 screen looking like my old curve 8300 lol

petworks97

I don't have it on my 9850

tightlybound

I'd definitely use it. If I had 7.1. Fargin' AT&T.

chuckkdaduck

Ill be forever stuck on 7.0. Damn Rogers

Abrante

We need to hope that RIM gets control of the software releases when BB10 is out ::crossing fingers::

ekafara

If it stays the same as I last heard it will be RIM putting out the OS updates. The radio stack will be separate(which is, I guess, what it takes)

Joltcola1234

I'm with Rogers and I've been running a variation of the 7.1xx OS for the past month and a half. You can't wait for Rogers to release an OS officially if you want the latest software. They will never release it on time, maybe not ever, because Rogers is an over priced junk carrier.

Just head over to your phones specific forum and download another carriers latest software and you are good to go.

as for Battery Saver Mode, I'm disappointed in it honestly. I already have my screen brightness to 10% and my back light time out set at 20sec. So the Battery Saver Mode basically does nothing. I've tried turning it on and off and there is no difference in battery life. I was hoping the feature would bring something to the table other then adjusting the brightness of your screen, but apparently it does not.

teamryan15

I have 7.1 on my 9930 and I don't have this feature.

Abrante

It would have been cool if aside from the "carrier programs" the softwares were similar across the board.

On T-Mobile USA the NFC feature is inactive.

It is a win some lose some on a phone that is capable of supporting all these features simultaneously!

louboutins

I have it on my 9900 and it doesn't really help me. Ah well!

polishpirate

I also have a 9930 with the latest official os release from Verizon (163) and I don't have the option.

mssca

Are you on OS 7.1? Did you shrink out the Device Analyzer? The battery saving mode is in OS 7.1 and it is part of the Device Analyzer feature.

eve6er69

It is in newer 7.1 os's. Not all 7.1 has them.

The carriers that were quick to drop 7.1 and never did an update still don't have this feature.

mssca

I don't see any difference on battery life with or without battery saving mode.

Devil

Had it on & never saw a difference other than the dimming of the display.

mssca

My backlight is set to always 10 anyway, so this makes no difference.

Swyp3r

Whenever I use this feature on my 9900, my phone freezes almost everytime I go to password unlock it or try to open BBM. As a result of this, my battery ends up dying much faster. Anyone else experience this? :s

ciscobear

Don't really see much difference either besides screen timing out faster and screen dimmer. A gimmick really.

hugecanoli

I laugh every time I read the term....Blackberry "Smartphone". Come on man....its 2012, almost all phones are smartphones. Why not just say Blackberry phone? Do you hear android or iphone handsets being referred to that way?

Its almost like BB and their users have a complex where deep down they need to continually remind themselves that their phones are "smart".

hugecanoli

Forgot to add this in my initial post....even worse than the smartphone term is "Superphone". That kills me every time.

There hasnt been anything super about BB in years. I would'nt count your chickens until they hatch...meaning wait until you see it for yourself before anointing it.

IMO, BB should put their heads down...shut up and get to work. Because if the new OS doesn't work, they are going to turn out just like Palm did.

eve6er69

after trials i have completly disabled it.

i find that with it turned completly off i get better battery life.

i am running the new 7.1 on tmobile on my att 9900.

Swyp3r

Same here, and better overall performance as it doesn't feel so slugglish

MadGasser

Why would one need this option? I would think most users would already have his or her phone options properly configured for optimal battery consumption.

susu222

Ha Ha HugeCanoli ..its not very smart of you posting useless comments like those above

linuxbbm

Its a good feature indeed, I use it always enabled below 100% so
The screen brightness can go more down cause even tho its still less but screen uses the most but you know!

rjkolo

9810 running 7.1.0.190 does not have it...I guess it is time to update to the newest release anyway...sounds like a great feature if you use it wisely.

the brother

Unfortunately, this was a waste of an article and really a waste of time investment for RIM in this 'feature'. It's stupid, unneccessarily bloats the os and has never worked for anyone, EVER.

belfastdispatcher

Really?, it works for me and many others, I got 33 hours out of my 9900 and wasn't even on red yet.

il309

I am running VZW 7.1.0 Bundle 457 and do not have that option. I did an OTA update on my phone when 7.1 was released.

BigFelter

I don't post often but I had to take a minute for this one. I just updated 7.1 (thanks for this article so I saw it finally was there) and it seemed to fix all my lagging issues with freezing when I slide my torch open, and other frustrating glitches I have seen recently. It feels so good to be running smoothly again. Unless I didn't notice before it seems there are some great menu updates in the options. Good on ya BB. Thank you!

olblueyez

Better battery life without it for me as well. I would say do a clean install of the latest leak, don't use DM for reinstalling apps and settings, and replace the included charger with a Nokia AC-6U or DC-6. If you have been using the included charger or a "Fast Charger" for any length of time than your OEM battery may be damaged and a replacement battery might be in order too.

shemaree09

I have 7.1 on my Verizon 9930 and I dont have this feature either :(

April Airust Canlas

I have that on my Blackberry Curve 9220, But when i wipe my phone, my battery saving mode was gone,,and i don't know how i can recover it.. can you help me?, is there another way how can i recover it.