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Save even more battery life on your Motorola Razr Maxx HD

Jack Wallen explains how you can use Smart Actions to eek even more battery life out of your Motorola Razr Maxx HD smartphone.

If you're a proud owner of the Motorola Razr Maxx HD, you already enjoy the best battery life of any smartphone. But if 380 hours standby and 21 hours talk time isn't enough battery for you, you can still gain a bit more juice by taking advantage of the built-in Smart Actions feature.

Motorola's Smart Actions automate tasks based on a wide range of triggers. One of the best features of Smart Actions is its ability to help you save battery life. New to the latest release of Smart Actions is the Low Battery Saver. This feature helps extend the ability of Smart Actions to save your battery from prematurely running dry.

Let's walk through the process of setting up the Battery Saver and Low Battery Saver Smart Actions so that you can get the most out of your Motorola Razr Maxx HD battery.

By default, you should see the Smart Actions launcher on your home screen (Figure A). Figure A

Here you see the default home screen on the Verizon-branded Motorola Razr Maxx HD.

Tap that launcher to open the Smart Actions tool, and then tap the Get started button. On the welcome page is a button labeled Learn More. You should give this help system a try if you have questions about using Smart Actions.

Here's how Smart Actions work:

  1. You create a trigger (such as being at a specific location or during a specific time)
  2. You create an action (such as setting brightness or adjust background data)
  3. The defined trigger is tripped
  4. The defined action occurs

Battery Saver

Open up Smart Actions, scroll down, and tap Battery Saver.  From this screen (Figure B), we'll first create a trigger. Figure B

By default, there is one trigger and two actions set.

Tap the plus sign [+] for Triggers. A new window will appear that allows you to select from a number of possible triggers. Let's create a trigger for a specific time. If you know between the hours of 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM that you don't need data flowing on your device, reducing this can easily save battery life. So, tap "It's during a specific time." In the new window that appears, you'll see five default times:

  • Morning: 5am-8am
  • Evening: 6pm-10pm
  • Weekend: 10am-7pm
  • Night: 10pm-4:03am
  • Work: 8am-6pm
To create a custom time, tap the plus sign [+] in the upper right corner. In the new window (Figure C), give the time a name and select the necessary options for a 3pm-6pm timeframe. Figure C

You can make this an all day event if you like.

Tap the I'm done button, and you'll see your newly created timeframe already selected. Tap the I'm Done button again, and your new trigger is created.

Now, let's set the action. Tap the plus sign [+] associated with Actions. In this new window, scroll down and tap the Set Mobile Data entry. In the resulting window (Figure D), select Turn mobile data off, and then tap I'm done. Figure D

You're almost done with this battery saving action.

You might find that you need to create a new, time-based action that turns data back on. To do this, create a new trigger for the 6:01pm-3:59pm timeframe and an action to turn data back on.

If you need to temporarily disable this action, long-press the action and select Disable. Smart Actions indicates a trigger is disabled by breaking the connection on the left side (Figure E). Figure E

A disabled action is displayed at the bottom of the window.

You can re-enable the action by long-pressing said action and selecting Enable.

Low Battery Saver

Go back to the main window of Smart Actions and tap the plus sign [+]. In the Smart Action listing, select Low Battery Saver. The default triggers and actions should be good enough, but you can modify the settings. For example, if you want to lower the trigger from 25% to 10%, tap the trigger (Figure F), and then tap Less than 10%. Once you've configured this Smart Action exactly how you want it, tap Save. Figure F

The Low Battery Saver is a really good way to extend your battery.

Though you are, most likely, already happy with your Motorola Razr Maxx HD battery life, there's always room for improvement. Give the Motorola Smart Actions a try, and see if they don't help you get even more life from that incredible battery.

Do you have more battery saving tips for your Motorola Razr Maxx HD or other Android device? Share them in the discussion thread below.

About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

1 comments
microbins
microbins

Thanks for the article, but had to smile a little to see that this covers features that have long been present in Symbian phones (possibly revealing my bias here :-) - Worth knowing for when I do move to Android. (On Symbian Battery saver mode is automatically presented as an option when low battery is detected and the Situations App provides multiple selectable trigger events for multiple options)