Xperia Z3 Tablet compact battery tips: keep your tablet's fire burning this winter

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If you're one of the souls lucky enough to own a delicious ultra-thin Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, then you're probably sitting with a big grin on your face. After all, you own of the best Android tablets in the world. However, you may be having some troubles with its battery life. Never fear! AndroidPIT is here to offer you some of the finest battery saving tips for the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Are you ready?

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Improve your tablet with these Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact tips. / © ANDROIDPIT

Turn down the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact screen brightness

We'll start with the obvious. It should come as no surprise that higher screen brightness leads to higher battery drain. But just in case, we're giving putting it front and center (and top). Your screen is 99% of the time the biggest source of battery drain on a device, having it set to maximum brightness even in dim light is just unnecessary. You can set it to automatically detect brightness levels and adjust on its own, but for the best experience you should manually adjust the brightness as and when necessary. 

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Drag down from the top of the screen with two fingers to access the quick-settings menu. From there, tap brightness and adjust it to suit. / © ANDROIDPIT

Use a static wallpaper

Yes believe it or not even your choice of wallpaper can have an affect on your batter lives. Fancy live wallpapers may look good, but they are ultimately more harmful than static ones. The latest round of Xperia devices all come with a live background as standard. Change it for a darker classic wallpaper.

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Go to your settings menu and tap personalization. Next, tap Xperia Wallpaper. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Find a dark wallpaper which you like and tap set wallpaper. / © ANDROIDPIT

Make use of the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact's power saving modes

Sony always includes a nice set of power management options with its Xperia UI, and the Z3 Tablet Compact's range is rather useful. It's important to make use of these if you want to get the most from your device, as enabling things like location based Wi-Fi have no real downside. 

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Go to settings, then power management. From here you should enable stamina mode, to manage your background apps efficiently. / © ANDROIDPIT
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You can also adjust the low battery options to maximize the battery life when the tank is running out. Enabling location-based Wi-Fi is also a must. / © ANDROIDPIT

Update your device

This is another obvious solution which gets overlooked. With Android 5.0 Lollipop offering a supposed 10% battery life improvement, there's more of a reason than ever to update to the new OS as soon as possible. This goes for any software update, as they usually bring improvements to help your device last longer.


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Go to your settings then to the "about tablet" menu and tap software update to make sure your tablet is running the latest software version. / © ANDROIDPIT

Turn off animations

There is a hidden menu on your Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact known as "developer options" which you can enable in your "about tablet" menu. While in there, tap on the build number a few times until you get the message "congratulations, you are now an Android developer". This unlocks a new menu which offers you the potential to change a number of aspects of your phone, and one of these is the animations. Animations use up a small amount of battery, but they are purely aesthetic. Turning them off only affects how pretty some of the transitions look. They can afford to be lost. 

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Once you have enabled developer options it will appear at the bottom of your settings menu. Go there and scroll down to drawing, then turn all of the animation scales off. / © ANDROIDPIT

Change the refresh rate of widgets

Widgets can refresh away in the background, and if you aren't using them, what's the point? Weather apps like to update frequently, but if you only check the weather once every few hours, make sure it's not updating every 15 minutes.

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Go to one of your widgets, like News and Weather for example, and enter the refresh settings menu. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Now, tap the refresh interval and set it to whatever you like ("one day" will be the best for your battery). / © ANDROIDPIT

Change the auto-sync rate of emails

As with widgets, the rate at which your email syncs can also have a bearing on how much battery is used. Consider only checking for emails manually, when you wish to see if something new has arrived. 

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Go to whichever email app you use and hit the settings. There will a check frequency option. Within here, you can decide how often you want your device to search for new emails. You can also turn the notifications off, if you get too many. / © ANDROIDPIT

Turn off BlueTooth, NFC and GPS

Finally, a really simple thing to do is to turn off your BlueTooth, NFC and GPS. These should all be switched off when not in use, as they can quickly deplete energy. Just drag down your quick settings menu (by dragging from the top of any page with two fingers) and ensure they are all switched off. 

These are just some of our Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact battery tips. Do you have any others? Let us know in comments below. 

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  • Sorin Aug 31, 2018 Link to comment

    Settings are also useful for other tablet models.