As with any Mobile Device App, there is a trade-off between functionality and battery consumption when using 2X MDM. These are a few settings you may consider adjusting to customize Battery Consumption on your device.

Increase the Client Update Frequency

By default, the 2X MDM Client is set to send updates to the 2X MDM Server every 15 minutes (900 seconds). Reducing this value to a more frequent interval will allow messages, commands, and location updates to be exchanged in a more timely fashion, but with the cost of more battery consumption.

To adjust the Client Update Frequency for a group of devices:

  • log into your account on https://mdm.2x.com
  • go to the "Group Policies" page
  • select a Group -> Policy (Android, iOS)
  • From the 'Device Monitoring' section, adjust the 'Device update interval' to the desired value
  • click the "Save" button

Note that new devices are automatically added to the '(Default)' group.  You may also adjust the 'location update interval' setting per device, however, this requires that you enable the option 'Override Group Policy'.

Disable GPS-based Tracking

GPS-based Location Tracking provides the highest level of accuracy when tracking your mobile devices. But running a GPS antenna will very rapidly exhaust the battery of a mobile device. If being able to track your devices is important, but you do not require the high level of accuracy which the GPS provides, you can significantly extend the duration of your battery by completely disabling GPS services on your mobile device.

If you do not intend to use your phone's GPS antenna for location tracking for all your devices, you can:

  • disable location tracking per-group (Android only):
    • go to the "Group Policies" page and select the group
    • select the "Android Policy" tab
    • set "Device Monitoring" Settings -> Send location updates" to "Force Network Only"
  • disable location tracking per-device (Android only):
    • go to the "Devices" page and select the device
    • select the "Policy" tab
    • set "Device Monitoring" Settings -> Send Location Updates" to "Force Network Only"

Disable Location Tracking

One of the primary features of 2X MDM is the possibility to track the location of your devices - at the cost of a higher rate of battery consumption, since the device needs to periodically wake itself up to get a location fix, and then transmit this information to the server during the next Client Update.

If you do not intend to use the location tracking features at all on your devices, you can:

  • disable location tracking per-group (Android):
    • go to the "Group Policies" page and select the group
    • select the "Android Policy" tab
    • set "Device Monitoring Settings -> Send location updates" to "Off"
  • disable location tracking per-group (iOS):
    • go to the "Group Policies" page and select the group
    • select the "iOS Policy" tab
    • Disable the "Device Monitoring Settings -> Send location updates" checkbox
  • disable location tracking per-device:
    • go to the "Devices" page and select the device
    • select the "Policy" tab
    • set "Device Monitoring Settings -> Send location updates" to "Off"

In the case of iOS, you can also choose to disable Location Services functionality on your device:

  • iOS 5.1 (system-wide) - Settings -> Location Services -> set to "OFF"
  • iOS 6 (system-wide) - Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> set to "OFF"
  • iOS 7.1 (system-wide) - Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> set to "OFF"

Restrict your Mobile Device to use 2G Data Only

By default, SIM-Card enabled devices will prefer to connect to 3G Networks since they offer higher connection speeds (bandwidth). Certain types of applications require more bandwidth to deliver data (such as voice applications).

However, 3G connectivity is much more demanding on your device in terms of battery consumption. You may decide to configure your device to use only 2G Networks to conserve battery if the lower bandwidth is sufficient for the applications you use.

To restrict your mobile device to use 2G Data only, identify which operating system your device is running, and refer to this list:

  • iOS 5.1 (iPhone) - Settings -> General -> Network -> Enable 3G -> OFF
  • iOS 6.0 (iPhone) - Settings -> General -> Mobile Data -> Enable 3G -> OFF
  • iOs 7.1 (iPhone) - Settings ->Cellular ->Enable 3G -> OFF
  • Android 4 - Settings -> More... -> Mobile Networks -> Use Only 2G networks -> Enable
  • Android 3 - Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Mobile Networks -> Network Mode -> Select GSM only
  • Android 2.3 - Menu -> Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Mobile Networks -> Network Mode -> Select GSM only
  • Android 2.2 - Menu -> Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Mobile Networks -> Use only 2G Networks -> Enable
  • Android 2.1-update - Menu -> Settings -> Wireless & Networks -> Mobile Networks -> Network Mode -> Select GSM only

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