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How to Adjust the Screen Timeout on an Android Phone

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 07:49
Running applications (or apps) on an Android phone is notorious for using up battery power. However, leaving the screen display on is also one of the biggest battery killers. If you want to leave your phone on, but want to save power, here is how to adjust the screen timeout. Steps
  1. Go to your phone menu and tap on "Settings".
  2. Find and tap on "Display".
  3. Scroll down and tap on "Screen Timeout".
  4. Choose the time limit you want.
    • 15 seconds
    • 30 seconds
    • 1 minute
    • 2 minutes
    • 10 minutes
    • Never turn off.
  5. Learn that more battery power will be used on longer timeouts or if you select "never turn off". If the phone is being charged, timeouts aren't an issue.
Video Tips
  • Screen timeouts not only save battery power, but also avoid the potential "mistakes" of texting or calling someone.
Things You'll Need
  • Android phone
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How to Backup Your Gmail Account in Case Google Has Another Hiccup

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 07:49
A lot of information sent over email these days can be very important, such as account and password information, bank statements, university grades, business reports, and general correspondence among friends and family. It's always possible, though, that any data you store on the Internet could get wiped out. On February 28, 2011, Google confirmed that many Gmail users had temporarily lost access to their emails.[1] If you're worried about ever losing your emails to a similar glitch, it's probably a good idea to regularly backup your Gmail account. By configuring an email client on your computer, you can download your emails onto your hard drive by following these steps. Steps
  1. Log into Gmail and click on "Mail Settings" in the top right hand corner. This can be accessed from any Gmail page.
  2. Locate and click on the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab.
  3. Look under "POP Download". Select the first option, "Enable POP for all mail (even mail that's already been downloaded)".

  4. Click on "Save Changes" at the bottom.
  5. Configure your mail client following the steps below. Once your mail client is configured to download your email, remember to open it periodically to backup.
Apple Mail
  1. Click Mail > Preferences.
  2. Click the Accounts tab.
  3. Click the plus sign (+) at the bottom to add a new account.
  4. Enter your name in the Full Name field.
  5. Enter your Gmail address in the Email Address field. Use, or for Google Apps users.
  6. Enter your Gmail password in the Password field.
  7. Check the box next to "Automatically set up your account". This only applies to Apple Mail 3.0. Skip this step if using 4.0.
  8. Click Create.
Outlook Express
  1. Click Tools > Accounts.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Enter your name in the Display name field and click Next.
  5. Enter your full Gmail email address in the Email address field, and click Next. If you use Google apps, enter '' instead.
  6. Type in the Incoming mail (POP3, IMAP or HTTP) server field.
  7. Type in the Outgoing mail (SMTP) server field. Google Apps users must enter the server name, not your domain name.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Enter your full email address in the Account name field. Enter your email password in the Password field, and click Next.
  10. Click Finish.
  11. Highlight under Account. Click Properties.
  12. Click the Advanced tab.
  13. Fill in the following information:
    • Check the box next to "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" under Outgoing Mail (SMTP).
    • Enter 465 in the Outgoing mail (SMTP): field.
    • Under Outgoing Mail (SMTP), check the box next to "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)".
    • Under Incoming mail (POP3), check the box next to "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)." The port will change to 995.
  14. Return to the Servers tab. Check the box next to "My server requires authentication."
  15. Return to the Servers tab. Check the box next to "My server requires authentication."
  16. Click OK.
  1. Open Thunderbird.
  2. Enter your Gmail username and Google password. Your username is whatever you put before
  3. Thunderbird will download your e-mail. Note that Thunderbird doesn't backup your sent mail.
Windows Mail
  1. Click Tools menu > Accounts.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Select Email Account and click Next.
  4. Enter your name in the From field of outgoing messages. Click Next.
  5. Enter your full Gmail address. For Google Apps users, enter
  6. Fill in all necessary fields with the following information:
    • Incoming mail server type: POP3
    • Incoming mail (POP3 or IMAP) server: Google Apps users, enter the server name provided, not your domain name.
    • Outgoing e-mail server (SMTP) name:
    • Outgoing server requires authentication: enabled
  7. Click Next, and enter your full Gmail address and your Gmail password. Google Apps users, enter
  8. Click Next. Check the box next to "Do not download my e-mail at this time." Click Finish.
  9. On the Internet Accounts screen, make sure that your mail account is selected. Click the Properties button.
  10. On the Advanced tab, enter 465 in the in the box next to Outgoing mail (SMTP). Check the box next to "This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)."
  11. Check the box next to "This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)" under Incoming mail (POP3). The box next to Incoming mail (POP3) should automatically update to 995.
  12. Click OK. Close the Internet Accounts window.
  • It may take time for everything to appear because the mail is downloaded in batches instead of individual emails.
  • Only email that appear in "All Mail" or your inbox will be included. All "Spam" and "Trash" are not downloaded.
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