Dramatically Improve Your Palm Pre's Battery Life

Last Updated Oct 1, 2009 10:00 PM EDT

I've been using the Palm Pre for some months now, and I share the same lament as many other Pre owners: The battery life is kind of horrid. If I forget to charge my Pre overnight, I end up with a dead phone late the next day. But thanks to a new app, I can manage the phone's power and get it to last for the beter part of a week.


Battery Saver is a homebrew app that automatically turns on Airplane Mode on a schedule you specify.

So, for example, you can train your Pre to make Airplane Mode kick in at 930 every evening and then go off again at 730 the next morning. All night long, your phone isn't chewing up the battery with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals -- great, if your phone is sitting in your briefcase instead of on the Touchstone.

Of course, that means your phone won't alert you to any incoming calls or texts in the middle of the night, but in all likelihood, that's an additional advantage.

I've been using this app for a couple of weeks, and it has dramatically extended my battery life, since I'm notoriously bad at remembering to charge my phone. If only the iPhone and other phones had something like this.

Oh, and since this is a homebrew app, you'll need to follow my handy guide to installing homebrew apps on your Pre.