Using apps like CoPilot Live which use the GPS receiver in your smartphone can cause your battery life to decrease quite rapidly. We’d always recommend using an in car charger for longer car journeys where possible.
The greatest drain on your battery is caused by having your phone’s screen switched-on on all the time, as well as the continuous “re-drawing” of the map as you move – which in CoPilot’s case occurs several times per second. However, there’s a number of things you can do when using CoPilot Live Premium to extend your battery life if you’re travelling on foot or don’t have a car charge.
1) Turn the brightness of the screen down. Today’s high-resolution vibrant colour smartphone displays are one of the key factors in battery usage. Try turning the brightness down to around 50% and you should see your battery lasting longer.
2) Enable ‘Power Saving’ mode in CoPilot. A feature we introduced into CoPilot Live Premium with a free app update recently, the power saver mode updates the map screen display less frequently and in turn causes less drain on the battery. The trade-off is that your movement along the map will seem a little less smooth than normal, however this will significantly reduce battery consumption. You can switch to ‘Always use low power mode’ for optimum battery performance or automatically switch to low power when the battery drops to 30%.
3) Use Directions view. If you mainly rely on voice guidance or are travelling on main roads with long distances between turns, then switch to CoPilot Live’s Directions view. Directions view only shows you a map when you are close to a turn, with a turn indicator and distance countdown to displayed at other times. This guidance mode updates the map view the least freqently and is the best way to save power.
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