Extend your BlackBerry battery life with AutoStandby

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I love productivity and system apps for my BlackBerry. I think there are a few that should be built into BlackBerry devices by default, such as Aerize Alerts (pop-up notifications of incoming mail/SMS/calls), QuickPull (restart your BB with a click), and QuickLaunch (shortcut links on any screen).

I recently tried another app that should come preloaded on the BlackBerry. AutoStandby, from makers, Steelthorn Software (also makers of QuickPull,) is a simple app that RIM should definitely put on all their devices.

Putting your phone in standby mode saves quite a bit of battery life as well as prevents accidental key presses. AutoStandby does this automatically, as the name would suggest, so you never forget. Installation is as you would expect. There is a lengthy EULA you’re made to read, but that’s about it. To save space, AutoStandby doesn’t have an icon. You can access the options via the BlackBerry options. I actually appreciate this as I find “system” program icons can become a little cluttered and I generally hide them anyway. There are a few options available for you as well:

* Disable if connected to PC.
* Disable if externally powered.
* Enable third-party interactions. This is useful for often used programs like Viigo and BeeJive.
* Seconds to wait after screen blanks.

Aerize Alerts is now automatically supported by AutoStandby as well so you know your notifications will still get through. When used in combination with the other system programs I mentioned, you can make your BlackBerry the device it was always meant to be.

It only took me a few minutes to find this app to be a great “must-have” and after seeing by battery life get boosted by at least 30%, I can easily recommend it to everyone.

Download AutoStandby for your BlackBerry on a free trial or purchase for $5.95.

[Special thanks goes to @coffeedaze for this review]

  • Curtis

    Free trial not available. Not available for Storm either.

  • Curtis

    Free trial not available. Not available for Storm either.

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com/ Robert Losch

    They use trialpay for their free trial. You can get it here: http://www.trialpay.com/checkout/?c=9486254&tid=A7D8Dn2

  • http://www.coffeedharma.com Robert Losch

    They use trialpay for their free trial. You can get it here: http://www.trialpay.com/checkout/?c=9486254&tid=A7D8Dn2

  • http://www.goldstriketunica.net/ Gold Wtrike Tunica

    Cool I will try it right away!

  • http://www.goldstriketunica.net Gold Wtrike Tunica

    Cool I will try it right away!

  • Jeff

    I used this on my Curve and 8830 and am still disappointed there is no standby feature at all in the Storm!

  • Jeff

    I used this on my Curve and 8830 and am still disappointed there is no standby feature at all in the Storm!

  • Nikolaus

    I have gotten into the habit of hitting the standby/mute button whenever I am not using my BB manually, so now it is just second nature. I didn’t know this could save up to 40% of my battery power, but now I am even more disappointed at how fast my battery gets empty knowing I’m already saving so much power.

  • Nikolaus

    I have gotten into the habit of hitting the standby/mute button whenever I am not using my BB manually, so now it is just second nature. I didn’t know this could save up to 40% of my battery power, but now I am even more disappointed at how fast my battery gets empty knowing I’m already saving so much power.

  • http://twitter.com/dub3tech Dub3 Technology

    Battery Status shows you relevant battery info, based on your historical battery life. It also allows you to change your battery performance modes from within the app, similar to options found on a laptop. Check it out at BB app world

  • http://twitter.com/dub3tech Dub3 Technology

    Battery Status shows you relevant battery info, based on your historical battery life. It also allows you to change your battery performance modes from within the app, similar to options found on a laptop. Check it out at BB app world