Nokia Lumia 800: How to boost battery life

Though the Nokia Lumia 800 is one of the better examples, modern smartphones are hungry for power. It’s easy to see why – they act as portable computers, MP3 players, handheld consoles, personal assistants and more! Here are some tips on how to extend the Nokia Lumia 800’s battery life.

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Although the Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone is designed to let you get on with your life without worrying about sluggish hardware or fiddly software, in practice it’s hard to leave it alone!

With thousands of high quality apps and Xbox Live games, a fully fledged sat nav system in Nokia Drive and a free music streaming service in Nokia Mix Radio, the Nokia Lumia 800 has worked its way into almost every part of our lives. As a result, we use it constantly.

Do you have the same experience? Then you’ll be wanting some tips on how to maximise your Nokia Lumia 800’s battery life!

Lower screen brightness

Isn’t the Nokia Lumia 800’s screen shiny? That 3.7-inch AMOLED display sure looks special when you crank the brightness up to maximum, but keep in mind that brightness costs power! If you want to maximise battery life, go into Settings>brightness, disable the Automatic setting and lower the brightness to low or medium. It’ll still look clear and lovely – just a little less retina-searing – and your battery life will take a noticeable boost.

Turn off Wi-Fi

Your Nokia Lumia 800 is connected to your Wi-Fi network when at home, but when you go out it disconnects, right? That’s correct, but that doesn’t mean your Lumia’s Wi-Fi connectivity turns off. In fact, but your Lumia 800 will stay on and continue scanning for fresh Wi-Fi connections – a sure fire way to run that battery down faster than necessary. Be sure to go into the Settings menu and turn Wi-Fi off when you leave the house.

Disable 3G network

We’d all love a strong 3G or HSDPA signal all of the time here in the UK, but sadly that just isn’t going to happen for a large number of us. Your Nokia Lumia 800 will, by default, stay on the look-out for such a 3G signal, which can be an unnecessary drain on battery life – especially when you know you won’t be getting one or simply don’t need one. If that’s the case, go into Settings>Mobile network and turn 3G off altogether.

Activate Battery Saver

It sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Turning on Battery Saver should be the first thing we think to do when the juice starts running dry, but in practice it’s easy to miss! Go into Settings>Battery saver and flip the virtual switch – your Lumia 800 will stop pulling in emails and calendar updates in the background, and your Live tiles won’t be quite so live. Certain apps that usually run in the background, pushing notifications to you, will cease functioning in this way too. Don’t worry – you can still access all these elements manually.

Turn Flight mode on overnight

If you’re like us you use your Nokia Lumia 800 as your morning alarm clock. That being the case you’ll have noticed that you can’t turn your phone off if you want the alarm to activate. Rather than leaving your phone plugged in all night (which is neither energy efficient nor particularly good for battery life in the long term), switch to Flight mode (Settings>Flight mode) to cut energy usage dramatically. This cuts off all connectivity, so you won’t receive calls, texts or notifications of any kind – other than your alarm of course!

Sync email less often

Do you need your email to come through as soon as it’s sent? You might want it to do so, but does this actually make a material difference to you? If the answer to that question is no, you can save yourself a lot of juice by decreasing the number of times your Nokia Lumia 800 pulls in fresh email. Just go into Settings>email+account, select your account and change the Download new content setting to a lower frequency.

Turn off Vibrate

Your Nokia Lumia 800 will automatically vibrate whenever you receive a call or message. If your phone is always within earshot, that probably isn’t necessary. To save a little extra power, turn vibrate off! Just go into Settings>ringtones+sounds and flip the Vibrate toggle to the off position.

Turn location off

Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive are fantastic tools that we use pretty frequently. If you know you’re not going to need them for a while, though, and you want to gain a little extra battery life, you might want to consider turning Location off. Go to Settings>Location and flick the setting to off, and you’ll deactivate the Lumia 800’s GPS signal. You’ll be prompted to turn it back on the next time you open an app that needs to know where you are.

Disconnect Xbox Live

You might not realise this, but once you’ve signed up to your Xbox Live account on your Nokia Lumia 800, it’ll continue to run in the background so that it can upload scores and achievements and display your gamer profile info. This doesn’t require a lot of power, but it’s still power that you might want to save. To deactivate this just go into Xbox LIVE>Settings, then flip the Connect with Xbox Live toggle to off.

Do you have any other ways to save power on your Nokia Lumia 800? Let us know in the Comments section below.


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