How can I improve the battery life on my uploader phone?

27 Oct
Guides > FAQs > Uploader & Phone Questions > How can I improve the battery life on my uploader phone?

In the Settings menu on the uploader phone:

  • remove any google account
  • turn screen brightness down
  • turn screen timeout to 15 seconds
  • turn off sounds and vibrations on the phone
  • turn off Bluetooth (if you are not connecting a pebble to the uploader phone)
  • turn off WiFi if you are only running the phone on cellular
  • If you are only on WiFi, turn on Airplane mode, then turn back on Wifi

In the Google PlayStore:

  • turn off AutoUpdates and WiFi Updates in the Preferences – tap the menu symbol (3 dots or 3 lines in a stack), choose Settings, then turn off “Auto-update apps”

Other points to note:

  • Firstly ensure that the Dexcom receiver is fully charged before connecting
  • The signal strength in the area of the rig will have an major impact on battery life
  • There is no need to delete a lot of Apps, as many group members get 12-16 hours out of the box in strong signal areas without modifying what is installed on the phone.

To check what is using the most battery on a Moto G:

  • Go to Settings > Device > Battery.
  • Usually the Android OS consumes the most and Nightscout consumes the least. The Nightscout app uses very little battery. In an 8 hour period of use, the Nightscout app will use approx 4 min of battery life. If you find it is using 30 min, 60 min or more of battery, you could be using the rig in an area that does not have a strong Cellular or WiFi signal
  • Look for apps that used the battery that you do not need to be running and disable them from auto launching