Quick question from the newbie

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by pattikate, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. pattikate
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    First let me say, everyone's been very helpful in answering my questions regarding my limited knowledge on the wonderful world of Android. Thanks much!

    OK, now here's my question:

    If I go to Settings>> Wireless & Networks>> then un-check the "Enable Always-On Mobile Data" option, what exactly will this disable? Will this simply disable the auto syncing/updates for apps, such as weather, facebook, email, etc.? Because I'd rather check for updates manually (refresh) then having my Droid X constantly updating and draining the battery.

    Thanks (again) for your help.
     
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    I have an HTC Thunderbolt. I have this setting checked because I really only want to use my phone when the screen is on. I still get texts/calls with that un-checked. What it does is turn off 3G/4G and any data after 5 minutes of the screen being off and keeps it off until you start your screen again. Correct, it would be kind of like manually refreshing your droid - you'll notice anything that is set to sync will sync the next time your phone's screen will turn on. You'll also notice you don't have any 3G/4G symbol until a few seconds after you turn on your phone.

    I'm testing this because I have a lot of standby time and I don't NEED or want facebook/weather/whatever updates every second. So far, I'm experiencing some sweet standby time with the 3G/4G radio disabled while the phone is off.

    To answer your questions - it won't disable them, but it will prevent them from syncing until the next time your screen is on. (You'll see a little circle sync symbol the next time you turn on your phone). I still have all my syncs set to once a day and every morning when I wake up and turn on my phone it goes through a min-2 of syncing.

    My Sources:
    http://androidforums.com/incredible...od-reason-keep-enable-always-mobile-data.html
    http://androidcommunity.com/forums/f41/what-do-i-lose-if-i-disable-always-on-mobile-20158/
    http://community.htc.com/na/htc-forums/android/f/91/p/4040/17197.aspx
    And my experience with doing this myself for 2 days now.
     
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    Thanks for the explanation.

    Btw...what's the best way to customize or set your email accounts (Gmail and Yahoo for me) to sync every four hours or whatever?