It's common knowledge that Smartphones need to be charged at least once every couple of days, and if you're using your GPS for location-based services then this requires more power and drains the battery faster. We want you to get the most out of using ViewRanger so we've put together some tips which whilst simple, can help with conserving battery for on the go.
- Check that you are running your device manufacturer's latest software - updates can contain power save features, similarly install any ViewRanger app updates.
- Close down any other apps that are running in the background, that you don't need - as these can use power. Close on Apple using the "double click" on the home button and using the task manager within settings on Android.
- If you don't need to use Bluetooth or WiFi, turn them off in your phones settings.
- When you're in an area with poor signal, 3G is continually trying to find a signal. If you turn off 3G this will save power, but won't effect your calls and messages.
- Turning the brightness down and reducing the time your screen is active will both help to save battery power.
- For Android and Symbian - ViewRanger still works when in 'Airplane' mode. But not for Apple - as this disables the GPS
Minimising GPS Use with ViewRanger
ViewRanger will normally use the GPS frequently in order to give you a real-time accurate mapped location - essential for track recording, active navigation mode and BuddyBeacon. However, if you don't need a continuous real time GPS location fix, then its easy to connect and disconnect the GPS, when a fix is needed. This can be done via the active menu to 'disconnect from GPS' and to reconnect click on 'lock to GPS'. (see screen grabs for Apple below)
Disconnecting & reconnecting the GPS in this way will significantly reduce battery use. More information on saving battery life on Apple, Android and Symbian devices can be found here, along with more on non-mains charger options.
Are you going abroad this Summer?
If you're going abroad this Summer were you aware that with ViewRanger your maps can be stored on your phone and viewed without a mobile phone signal? To use your maps in offline mode you need to store the mapping in your phones memory before you head out. This can be done easily using our detailed instructions for Apple devices here and Android devices here. To view your saved map select it via the map menu.
For Symbian customers the process is slightly different but full instructions can be found here.