Everything you need to know about GreenPower.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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Privacy & Permissions 

Your privacy is extremely important to us. GreenPower only does what it is supposed to do as specified in the app features and determined by its setting configuration. GreenPower doesn't read or fetch information about the device, your user, your account beyond what is strictly necessary to provide its documented features. No user or device data is exchanged, sent or communicated outside of the device to any third-party. No user or device data is used for anything other than the documented features of GreenPower. All the permissions declared by the GreenPower app have a valid technical reason. You can read more about this in the chapter below.
  • Permissions

    Permission

    Description

    Use

    ACCESS_Wi-Fi_STATE

    Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.

    Used to know determine whether Wi-Fi is connected, disconnected etc.

    CHANGE_Wi-Fi_STATE

    Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.

    Used to turn Wi-Fi ON or OFF.

    INTERNET

    Allows applications to open network sockets.

    Used to display the User Guide and Forum that are located on the greenpower website.

    WRITE_APN_SETTINGS

    Allows applications to write the apn settings.

    Used to modify APN settings to enable / disable mobile data connectivity on older Android versions.

    RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED

    Allow applications to be notified when device startup is complete.

    Used to start GreenPower at device startup.

    BLUETOOTH

    Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.

    Used to read Bluetooth state; used by the Bluetooth management feature of GreenPower.

    BLUETOOTH_ADMIN

    Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices.

    Used to read Bluetooth state; used by the Bluetooth management feature of GreenPower.

    CHANGE_NETWORK_STATE

    Allows applications to change network connectivity state.

    Used to turn mobile data on or off using GreenPower's mobile data management feature.

    ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE

    Allows applications to access information about networks.

    Used to inquire about the current connectivity for GreenPower's mobile data management feature.

    MODIFY_PHONE_STATE

    Allows modification of the telephony state - power on, mmi, etc. Does not include placing calls.

    Used to enable / disable mobile data in some Android versions.

    WRITE_SETTINGS

    Allows an application to read or write the system settings.

    Used in several places to inquire about the device state (screen, power etc.).

    READ_PHONE_STATE

    Allows read-only access to phone state.

    Used to indicate when a call starts / ends to enable / disable data as configured in GreenPower.

    ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION

    Allows an application to access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location.

    Used by the location-based Wi-Fi feature of GreenPower.

    WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

    Allows an application to write to SD Card.

    Used for backup / restore of GreenPower settings to the SD Card.

    GET_ACCOUNTS

    Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.

    Used to list the accounts that needs to be synchronized when using the account sync management feature of GreenPower.

    READ_SYNC_SETTINGS

    Allows applications to read the sync settings.

    Used to know the state of autosync setting of the device, used by the account sync management feature of GreenPower.

    WRITE_SYNC_SETTINGS

    Allows applications to write the sync settings.

    Used to change the state of the autosync setting on the device; used by the account sync management feature of GreenPower.

    CHECK_LICENSE

    Allows the user license to be checked.

    Used for apps purchased on Google Play to verify that their license is valid.

    ACCESS_SUPERUSER

    Allows applications to get root privilege.

    Used for for toggling the GPS (this cannot be done without root access), and to toggle airplane mode since Android 4.2.

Overview

General considerations about GreenPower Android app.
  • Purpose

    GreenPower reduces your device's battery usage by switching off wireless connections (Wi-Fi, Mobile Network, Bluetooth) when they are not used and controls the display brightness.
    Basically the idea is: Why should the wireless connections be always on, emptying the battery, even when you don't use your device? Most people would answer: In order to get live notifications of new mails and other push data. Right, but in most cases you don't need to be notified the second you receive a new mail. Every few minutes is enough. So why not keep wireless switched off most of the time and turn it on regularly, briefly, to let applications receive their push data? This is what GreenPower does.
    How much battery power GreenPower saves of course depends on how you use your device. In its default configuration, GreenPower will regularly turn wireless connectivity off for 15 minutes, then on for 1 minute, and so on. It will also keep wireless on if you are using the device (screen on) or if the device is connected to a power source. To avoid interrupting other application's connections, GreenPower will check to see if there is any incoming/outgoing traffic before switching wireless off. This default configuration can be changed in GreenPower settings.

Installation

  • Purchase & Refund

    You can purchase GreenPower premium on Google Play. Please note that the purchasing and payment mechanisms are handled entirely by Google Play so if there are any issues (problems with your credit card, etc.), you should contact Google's support as we cannot deal with these ourselves. However, we can always cancel your order if you want to try placing another one.

    As for most apps in Google Play, purchasing GreenPower involves a one-time payment only. There are no recurring charges, and subsequent updates will all be free.

    Money-back guarantee

    Google's policy of 15 minutes trial time is too short for an app of this type. Therefore we offer 24 hrs trial time with a money-back guarantee if it does not work as you expected on your device. Just send a refund request through our contact email to get your money back.

  • Download

    You can download GreenPower Free and GreenPower Premium from Google Play or from alternative markets like AndroidPit or Amazon.

    Once in a while, a download may fail. This is not something we can do anything about, as it is handled entirely by Google Play. However, please remember that once you have been charged, you can always download again later. You will not need to pay again. This ensures you will eventually get the app you have paid for, even when there are temporary connection problems.

    For GreenPower Premium, please note that on Google Play, your license to use the software is linked to your Google account. So if you change devices, for instance, you should use the same Google account again if you wish to re-use apps you previously purchased. Also, please note that once you have purchased GreenPower premium with a specific Google account, you can download it again in future as many times as you want.

  • Installation

    As with all other Android apps, the installation of GreenPower is straightforward and is automatically included in the process of downloading from Google Play.

    Installation on SD card

    GreenPower should not be installed on the SD card. As with all apps that use background services, installation on the SD card is not recommended.

    If you install it on the SD card anyway, the following limitations will apply:
    • GreenPower won't start at boot.
    • GreenPower will be shut down automatically when the SD card is unmounted.
    • GreenPower will not be automatically restarted when SD card is mounted again.

  • Starting up for the first time

    When starting up for the first time or after an upgrade, GreenPower will show the following screens.

    License agreement

    After being installed for the first time, our license agreement will be displayed. You have to accept it to use GreenPower.

    Release notes

    After each app's upgrade, the release notes are shown, displaying what is new in this release, as well as the history from previous releases.

    As with any other dialog in GreenPower, the release notes screen can be closed by pressing the back key.

    Main screen

    After the release notes screen, GreenPower will show its main screen. This is the screen that appears at each startup of the application and that displays a summary of the app's status and settings. This is described in more detail later in the «Main screen» section of the «GUI» chapter.

    In most cases, the default settings should be fine. If you don't need to change the default settings, you can just leave this page (back or home button), and you're ready to go. However, we recommend that you review the configuration chapter to familiarize yourself with the different options so you can customize GreenPower to your own requirements.

  • Uninstallation

    Like any other Android app, GreenPower can be uninstalled from the device settings in the Applications section.

Graphical User Interface (GUI)

GreenPower's GUI is clear, simple and efficient. It consists of the following elements.

  • Main screen

    GreenPower's main screen displays information in a set of icons, grouped in three main sections: A top section containing "Battery Status" and "Day mode" icons, a middle section containing all the feature icons, and a footer section containing the icons for Day and Night mode settings.

    Battery status icon

    The "Battery status" icon on the top left displays the percentage of battery remaining. It shows green when the battery is above 30%, orange above 15% and red when it is below 15%. Click on this icon to quickly access the device's battery usage statistics.

    Day mode icon

    The "Day mode" icon on the top right displays the current operating mode. This can be either "Day mode" or "Night mode". Clicking on this icon pauses GreenPower (Premium only)

    Settings icons

    The middle section contains a list of icons used to access settings and quickly display the status of the main features.

    Main settings icon: Click the left gray vertical icon to access all of GreenPower's settings.
    Wi-Fi management icon: This shows green if Wi-Fi is currently being automatically managed by GreenPower, orange otherwise. Clicking on the icon displays the Wi-Fi management settings. These can also be accessed through the main settings icon.
    Data management icon: It shows green when Mobile Data (2G/3G/4G) is currently being managed automatically by GreenPower, orange otherwise. Clicking on the icon displays the Mobile Data management settings. These can also be accessed through the main settings icon.
    Bluetooth management icon: It shows green when Bluetooth is currently being managed automatically by GreenPower, orange otherwise. Clicking on the icon displays the Bluetooth management settings. These can also be accessed through the main settings icon.
    Apps management icon: This shows green if GreenPower's management is currently taking the Apps Whitelist and Blacklist into account. Clicking on the icon displays the Apps Whitelist and Blacklist management settings. These can also be accessed through the main settings icon.
    Autosync management icon: It shows green if the device's accounts syncing is being managed by GreenPower. Clicking on the icon displays the accounts sync settings. These can also be accessed through the main settings icon.
    Traffic check icon: It shows green if GreenPower's management is taking the data traffic into account. Clicking on the icon displays the traffic check settings. These can also be accessed through the main settings icon.

    Day Mode settings icon

    The Day Mode settings icon displays a summary of the main settings used in Day Mode. Clicking on the icon displays all other settings and allows you to modify them.

    Night Mode settings icon

    The Night Mode settings icon displays a summary of the main settings used in Night Mode. Clicking on the icon displays all other settings and allows you to modify them. When Night Mode is not enabled, the icon says only "Night mode disabled".

  • Menu

    Pressing the menu button from the main GreenPower screen displays the following menu items.

    Menu item

    Description

    User Guide

    Opens the User Guide page on the GreenPower website in a browser.

    Forum

    Opens the GreenPower Forum page on the GreenPower website in a browser.

    Battery usage

    Opens the device's battery usage statistics.

    Exit

    Stops GreenPower completely, both the app and the background service.

    About

    Displays an information screen about the app's version and the people who made it. It also displays the release log for the latest versions.

    Settings

    Goes to the settings screen just as when clicking on the settings icon. All settings are described in a later chapter.

    Reset settings

    Resets all settings to their default values. After a reset, the new settings are taken into account automatically. The app does not need to be restarted.

    Backup settings

    Allows the app's settings to be saved to a file on the SD card. You can choose the file name via a dialog box. The file location will be on the SD card in the greenpower/settings folder.

    Restore settings

    Restores all settings previously saved in a file by the "Backup settings" menu option. Files should be located on the SD card in the greenpower/settings folder. After restoration, all new settings are taken into account automatically. The app does not need to be restarted.

    Get Premium

    Only displayed in the Free version. Displays an information screen about the features in the Premium version and a link to Google Play or other alternative markets where you can buy it.

  • Notification bar

    When GreenPower is running, it displays a leaf icon in the notification bar in the top left corner of your device as well as the percentage of battery remaining. The notifications section in the GreenPower settings lets you hide or show the battery percentage, as well as hide or show the icon altogether.

    Notification color and meaning

    Icon

    Description

    Green leaf

    GreenPower is running in day mode without any problems.

    Green leaf with moon

    GreenPower is running in night mode without any problems.

    Orange leaf

    GreenPower is running in day mode. There is at least one notification that requires your attention. Drag the notification down to see the details.

    Orange leaf with moon

    GreenPower is running in night mode. There is at least one notification that requires your attention. Drag the notification down to see the details.

    Red leaf

    GreenPower has a major issue preventing it from running properly. Drag the notification down to see the details.

    Notifications list

    If you drag the notification bar down, you will see more details about the GreenPower status: Percentage of battery remaining, as well as any notifications present. Click on the notification to go to GreenPower's main screen and see the details.

    Notification title

    Notification description

    Wi-Fi has been manually disabled

    Either you or the system has turned Wi-Fi OFF. As a result, GreenPower has unchecked the «Manage Wi-Fi» setting in order not to override your action by turning Wi-Fi ON again. You can resume normal GreenPower operation by either turning Wi-Fi ON manually or checking the «Manage Wi-Fi» setting.

    Note that this notification can only appear if you have the setting «Wi-Fi manual toggle» in «Advanced Wi-Fi settings» set to «Disable Wi-Fi management».

    Mobile Network management is disabled

    The GreenPower setting «Manage Mobile Network» is deselected. This means that GreenPower does not switch the Mobile Network connection ON and OFF automatically as it should do. To strike the best balance between saving power and online connectivity, it is best to let GreenPower handle this. You can do this by checking the «Manage Mobile Network» checkbox in GreenPower's settings.

    If you chose on purpose to not have GreenPower manage your mobile network, you can remove this notifications in the «Notifications» settings section.

    Wi-Fi management is disabled.

    The GreenPower setting «Manage Wi-Fi» is unselected. This means that GreenPower doesn't switch ON and OFF the Wi-Fi connection automatically as it should do. In order to have the best balance between saving power and being online, please let GreenPower handle this and check «Manage Wi-Fi» checkbox in GreenPower settings.

    If you chose on purpose to not have GreenPower manage your Wi-Fi, you can remove this notification in the «Notifications» settings section.

    Airplane mode is ON.

    Airplane mode is turned ON. GreenPower won't turn wireless ON as long as airplane mode is ON. This notification won't appear if the Wi-Fi setting «Allow in airplane mode» is checked.

    Screen unlock couldn't be detected.

    GreenPower couldn't detect the screen being unlocked on your device. Therefore wireless hasn't been turned back on until now. You should uncheck the setting «Toggle if screen unlocked» (day and night mode) to prevent this occurring. Usually, this problem is caused by 3rd party screen locker or home apps. If the problem persists, please contact us.

    No valid license.

    You don't seem to have a valid license to use GreenPower. You can try checking the license again by stopping and restarting GreenPower. The license to use GreenPower is linked to your gmail account. If you still get this notification when you are sure you have purchased GreenPower using the account you are currently using, please contact us.

    Neither Wi-Fi nor Mobile Network is being managed.

    Both GreenPower settings «Manage Wi-Fi» and «Manage Mobile Network» are unchecked. You should check at least one of the two or GreenPower will not do anything, unless you are using it for Bluetooth management.

    GreenPower paused.

    GreenPower is paused. You can resume with either the menu or the widget.

    Mobile Network has been manually disabled.

    You or the system has turned Mobile Network OFF. As a consequence, GreenPower has unchecked the «Manage Mobile Network» OFF in order not to override your action by turning the Mobile Network ON again. You can resume normal GreenPower operation by either turning Mobile Network ON manually or checking the «Manage Mobile Network» setting. Alternatively, you can change the «Mobile Network manual toggle» setting.

    Note that this notification can only appear if you have the setting «Mobile Network manual toggle» in «Mobile Network settings» set to «Stop managing Mobile Network».

  • Widget

    Installing the widget

    The GreenPower widget can be placed on the Home screen of your device like any other widget. It is usually done by pressing and holding on the Home screen and then selecting "Widget" in the popup that appears.

    Using the widget

    The Widget provides a shortcut to pause or restore GreenPower. It operates in simple toggle fashion to pause or restore the app.

Settings

GreenPower's default settings should be fine for most people. If you want to use some features (mainly premium features), however, you should enable them as they are not on by default. Those features are:

  • Bluetooth management
  • Apps management
  • Autosync management
  • Night mode
  • Location-based Wi-Fi

In addition, it is recommended that you have a look at other existing settings as they may allow you to do more than you expected. All settings are detailed below.

  • Wi-Fi Settings

    Defines settings that are specific to the Wi-Fi management.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Manage Wi-Fi

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower shall regularly toggle your Wi-Fi on/off or leave it untouched.

    Checked (Recommended): GreenPower will regularly toggle your Wi-Fi on/off according to the settings defined in other sections («Wi-Fi settings», «Common settings» and «Day & Night settings»).

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower will not toggle your Wi-Fi on/off under any circumstances.

    Wi-Fi screen OFF policy

    Listbox

    When Wi-Fi is being managed, the default behavior when the screen is OFF is for GreenPower to regularly toggle Wi-Fi on/off. However, with this setting you can choose to keep the Wi-Fi constantly ON or OFF when the screen is OFF.

    Keep Wi-Fi ON if connected to a network (recommended for Samsung devices): When the screen is turned OFF, Wi-Fi will stay ON if it is connected to a Wi-Fi network and will be turned OFF otherwise. No regular toggling ON/OFF will occur.

     

    Keep Wi-Fi OFF: When the screen is turned OFF, Wi-Fi will stay OFF. No regular toggling ON/OFF will occur.

     

    Toggle Wi-Fi regularly (recommended for non-Samsung devices): GreenPower will regularly toggle ON/OFF your Wi-Fi according to the settings defined in other sections («Wi-Fi settings», «Common settings» and «Day & Night settings»). Note that on some Samsung devices, turning the Wi-Fi ON while the screen is OFF may cause the device to freeze. It is therefore recommended that you do not use this setting if you encounter problems of this type.

    Location-based Wi-Fi

    Enable location-based Wi-Fi

    Checkbox

    Activate Location-based Wi-Fi. Location-based Wi-Fi is a smart way of managing your Wi-Fi. It monitors the device's location and only turns Wi-Fi ON when the device is close to a known Wi-Fi network.

    The first time you want to connect to a specific Wi-Fi network, you would manually turn the Wi-Fi ON. GreenPower will then try to locate the network. If it succeeds, it will then add the Wi-Fi network to its list of known networks, storing its name and location.

    Next times, when GreenPower needs to turn ON Wi-Fi (for instance when screen gets turned ON or via regular toggling), it would first check the device location and would only turn Wi-Fi ON if it is near a previously registered Wi-Fi network.

    The location only uses the coarse location service, and no GPS, to save battery. It requires that "Google location service" is enabled in your device's settings.

    Checked: Location-based Wi-Fi is used.

     

    Unchecked: Location-based Wi-Fi is not used.

    Accuracy-circle multiplier

    Listbox

    The location-based Wi-Fi only uses the coarse location service, and can therefore be rather inaccurate in rural areas with only few base stations. This settings allows to increase the tolerance of the location service accuracy so that it would toggle Wi-Fi ON a bit further from the actual Wi-Fi network.

    x 1: Normal accuracy as reported by the device's location service. To be used in urban areas with many base stations.

     

    x 1.5: 50% Increased accuracy tolerance.

    x 2: Doubled accuracy tolerance.

     

    x 3: Maximum tolerance. To be used in rural areas with only a few base stations that do not permit a high level of location accuracy.

    Group by name

    Checkbox

    Groups the Wi-Fi networks by name in the list of known networks, instead of grouping them by SSID. This is useful for Wi-Fi networks that have many access points (each with its own SSID). This is only used to configure the way the list of known Wi-Fi networks is displayed and has no effect on the way location-based Wi-Fi works.

    Checked: Group Wi-Fi networks by name in the known Wi-Fi networks list.

     

    Unchecked: Group Wi-Fi networks by SSID in the known Wi-Fi networks list.

    Wi-Fi networks with known location

    List

    Displays the list of Wi-Fi networks with a known location. The networks are added automatically when the device successfully connects to the Wi-Fi network the first time, if the device's location could be determined. The network name, SSID, location and location accuracy are stored. The list displays the current distance to the network.

    You can remove one of the networks in the list by pressing it and clicking OK.

     

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    Wi-Fi manual toggle

    List

    Defines what GreenPower should do if you manually turn Wi-Fi OFF. Because Wi-Fi should normally be turned ON/OFF by GreenPower, it needs to know what to do if you override it.

     

    Disable Wi-Fi Management: «Manage Wi-Fi» setting is unchecked automatically so that GreenPower stops managing Wi-Fi completely until either you check «Manage Wi-Fi» again or enable Wi-Fi manually once more.

     

    Disable Wi-Fi Management until screen OFF (recommended): GreenPower stops managing Wi-Fi – no longer turning it ON/OFF - but only until the next screen OFF. After that, normal Wi-Fi management resumes.

     

    Force Wi-Fi on: Wi-Fi is forced back ON and Wi-Fi management remains untouched.

    Wi-Fi timeout

    Checkbox

    Activate the Wi-Fi connection timeout check. The timeout is started when Wi-Fi is turned ON by GreenPower. After the timeout, GreenPower checks to see whether Wi-Fi could successfully connect to a Wi-Fi access point. If not, Wi-Fi is disconnected until the next cycle.

    Allows a good balance between two situations: Being at home where Wi-Fi is connected immediately, and being outside where Wi-Fi tries to connect but, to save battery power, doesn't stay on unnecessarily.

    It is recommended to have this option checked unless you experience the device freezing up, which may happening on some models.

    Checked (recommended): Timeout used.

     

    Unchecked: Timeout not used.

    Timeout duration

    List

    Timeout duration used by the «Wi-Fi timeout» setting.

    Number of seconds

    Low signal check

    Checkbox

    Activate the Wi-Fi low signal check. The check is performed when a successful connection is made to a Wi-Fi access point. At this stage, if the signal level is too low, the Wi-Fi is disconnected to save battery power.

    It is recommended to have this option checked unless you experience the device freezing up, which may happening on some models.

    Checked (recommended): Signal check performed.

     

    Unchecked: Signal check not performed.

    Wi-Fi signal threshold

    List

    Signal strength threshold used by the «Low signal check».

    Percentage of signal strength.

    Allow in flight mode

    Checkbox

    By default GreenPower won't turn Wi-Fi ON if the device is in airplane mode. However, some people use airplane mode in areas without cell coverage, for example, and may still want to use Wi-Fi. Some airlines have also recently begun to offer Wi-Fi on board.

    Checked: Wi-Fi will be normally toggled ON/OFF when the device is in airplane mode.

     

    Unchecked (recommended): Wi-Fi won't be turned ON by GreenPower as long as the device is in airplane mode.

    Override Wi-Fi sleep policy

    Checkbox

    Android's default Wi-Fi sleep policy is not very smart. When activated, it will make Wi-Fi sleep after a while when the screen is off. This would of course save battery power, but also prevents push data and mails being received. It is best to deactivate this and let GreenPower handle it instead.

    Checked (recommended): Force the device's Wi-Fi sleep policy off.

     

    Unchecked: Don't change the device's Wi-Fi sleep policy.

  • Mobile Network settings

    Defines settings that are specific to the Mobile Network (2G/3G/4G) management.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Manage Mobile Network

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower shall regularly toggle your Mobile Network on/off or leave it untouched.

    Checked: GreenPower will regularly toggle your Mobile Network on/off according to the settings defined in other sections («Mobile Network settings», «Common settings» and «Day & Night settings»).

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower will not toggle your Mobile Network on/off under any circumstances.

    Mobile Network manual toggle

    List

    Defines what GreenPower should do if you manually turn the Mobile Network OFF. Because the Mobile Network should normally be turned ON/OFF by GreenPower, it needs to know what to do if you override it.

     

    Stop managing Mobile Network: «Manage Mobile Network» setting is automatically unchecked so that GreenPower stops managing the Mobile Network completely until either you check «Manage Mobile Network» again or enable Mobile Network manually again.

     

    Stop managing until screen OFF (recommended): GreenPower stops managing the Mobile Network– no longer turning it ON/OFF - but only until next screen OFF. After that, normal management resumes.

    Mobile Network toggling method

    List

    Toggling of Mobile Data on Android is normally not possible for apps, so there is no perfectly reliable way of doing this. In most cases it can be achieved using a so-called «internal API». In some cases this may not work well (mainly for 4G LTE devices), so the backup solution is to use the not-so-clean «APN renaming» method.

    In general, you should not touch this setting unless you observe your Mobile Data not being properly toggled by GreenPower.

    Use internal API (recommended): Cleanest way, working in most cases.

     

    Use APN renaming: For cases where other choices do not work. Mainly for 4G LTE devices.

  • Bluetooth settings

    Defines settings that are specific to Bluetooth management. Only available in the Premium version.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Manage Bluetooth

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower shall regularly toggle Bluetooth connectivity on/off.

    Please understand that Bluetooth management differs in important ways from Wi-Fi and Mobile Network management:

    For Wi-Fi and Mobile Network management, there are constant cycles of turning OFF (to save battery power) and turning ON (to get push data as mails, or when the screen is turned ON for instance).

    For Bluetooth, it is not advisable to toggle it ON regularly. Because there is no data to fetch, it doesn't make sense to try to connect to Bluetooth devices regularly.

    Instead, Bluetooth management aims at automating the turning ON of Bluetooth in some situations, as well as automating the turning OFF of Bluetooth in other situations. See below. But in some cases, it is still best for you to turn Bluetooth ON manually.

    Checked: GreenPower will toggle your Mobile Network on/off according to the settings defined in the section «Bluetooth settings».

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower will not toggle on/off your Bluetooth under any circumstances.

    Auto turn OFF

    Bluetooth check interval

    List

    When Bluetooth is ON, this activate the regular check to see if it makes sense to keep it ON or if it can be turned OFF to save battery.

    This checks to see whether the device is connected to another Bluetooth device, or if there are other devices or known devices in range, depending on the «Turn OFF policy» setting.

    Number of minutes.

    Turn OFF policy

    List

    Defines under what condition Bluetooth should be turned OFF when checked, depending on the devices connected or in range.

    Turn OFF if no device in range: Let the device search for Bluetooth devices in range. If none is found, Bluetooth is turned OFF.

     

    Turn OFF if no paired device in range: Let the device search for already known (paired) devices in range. If none is found, Bluetooth is turned OFF.

     

    Turn OFF if not connected to a device (recommended): If the device is currently not connected to any other Bluetooth device, then Bluetooth is turned OFF: Note that this is the most efficient energy-saving option as it does not require any extra scanning for Bluetooth devices.

    OFF when power disconnected

    Checkbox

    Turn OFF Bluetooth at once when the device is disconnected from a power source. It is especially useful if you use Bluetooth in your car to disable Bluetooth when unplugging the device and leaving the car.

    Checked: Turns Bluetooth OFF at once when the power is disconnected.

     

    Unchecked: Doesn't turn OFF Bluetooth when power is disconnected.

    OFF at end of call

    Checkbox

    Turn OFF Bluetooth at once when a phone call ends (both incoming or outgoing call). Only applies if Bluetooth was previously turned ON by GreenPower at the beginning of the call.

    Checked: Turns OFF Bluetooth immediately when a call ends.

     

    Unchecked: Doesn't turn OFF Bluetooth at the end of a call.

    Auto turn ON

    Screen toggle policy

    List

    Defines whether Bluetooth should be turned ON when the screen is turned ON, unlocked, or whether it should be left as it is.

    Note that if Bluetooth is turned ON, it will stay ON until it is turned OFF manually or by the policy defined in the paragraph «Auto turn OFF».

    Turn ON if screen is turned ON: As soon as screen is turned ON, Bluetooth is turned ON.

     

    Turned ON if screen is unlocked: As soon as screen is unlocked, Bluetooth is turned ON.

     

    Don't turn ON if screen turned ON: When screen is turned ON or unlocked, Bluetooth is not affected and remains as it is.

    Keep if power ON

    Checkbox

    Turn and Keep Bluetooth ON when the device is connected to a power source.

    Checked: Turns ON Bluetooth when power is connected.

     

    Checked: Does not turn ON Bluetooth when power is connected.

    ON when call received

    Checkbox

    Turns Bluetooth ON when a call is received. Bluetooth is turned ON as soon as the phone rings, without waiting for you to answer. Useful when using Bluetooth headset.

    Note that after the call or if you don't answer, Bluetooth will stay ON until it is turned OFF manually or by the policy defined in the paragraph «Auto turn OFF».

    Checked: Turns ON Bluetooth when a call is received (when phone is ringing).

     

    Unchecked: Doesn't turn ON Bluetooth when a call is received.

    ON when call made

    Checkbox

    Turns Bluetooth ON when an outgoing call is made. Bluetooth is turned ON as soon as the phone rings, without waiting for the person called to answer. Useful when using Bluetooth headset.

    Note that after the call or if the call is not answered, Bluetooth will stay ON until it is turned OFF manually or by the policy defined in the paragraph «Auto turn OFF».

    Checked: Turns ON Bluetooth when an outgoing call is made.

     

    Unchecked: Doesn't turn ON Bluetooth when an outgoing call is made.

    Auto connect

    Checkbox

    Automatically connects to paired (known) devices when Bluetooth is turned ON on your device.

    When turning ON Bluetooth, some device models automatically connect to known paired devices; others don't. This is manufacturer-dependent. This setting therefore allows uniform automatic connection behavior on all devices.

    Checked: Automatically connects to known paired device when Bluetooth is turned on on this device.

     

    Unchecked: Does not guarantee automatic connection to known paired device when Bluetooth is turned on on this device. However, some device models may still automatically connect.

  • Apps settings

    Defines settings related to apps whitelist and apps blacklist features.

     

    Active apps

    Whitelist and Blacklist rely on the concept of apps being active or not. The Android definition of an app being active is that it is visible (in the foreground) or doing something that is directly perceptible to the user like playing music. However it is at the OS discretion to decide whether an app is active or not. If you encounter that despite some app is streaming music the Wi-Fi / data is cut, then leave the app on the foreground so that it is perceived by the OS as active.

    Apps whitelist

    The apps whitelist feature allows you to define a list of apps that should prevent GreenPower from turning Wi-Fi / data off.

    When it's time for GreenPower to turn Wi-Fi and/or data off, it will check to see whether a whitelisted app is active. If so, GreenPower won't turn Wi-Fi / data off.

    This feature is mainly useful for music streaming apps (Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn) to avoid the music being interrupted when the screen is turned off.

    Don't overuse the option by adding apps that are constantly active, like system apps or widgets, or Wi-Fi / data won't be turned off any more.

    Apps blacklist

    The apps blacklist feature allows you to define a list of apps that should force GreenPower to turn Wi-Fi / data off whenever they are active. It is mainly useful when running fullscreen games or videos that don't require an internet connection.

    Don't overuse this option by adding apps that are constantly active, like system apps or widgets, or Wi-Fi / data won't be turned on any more.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Manage apps

    Checkbox

    Defines whether to activate both the apps whitelist and blacklist features.

    Checked: Whitelist and Blacklist features are activated.

     

    Unchecked: Whitelist and Blacklist features are inactive.

    Apps whitelist settings

    Show system apps

    Checkbox

    Should the system apps be displayed in the list (mainly apps that come pre-installed on the device).

    Checked: Display all apps including system apps.

     

    Unchecked: Display only non-system apps.

    Show selected apps only

    Checkbox

    Only display the apps that are selected from the list.

    Checked: Display all apps.

     

    Unchecked: Display only selected apps.

    Apps whitelist

    List

    Selects the whitelisted apps.

     

    Apps blacklist settings

    Show system apps

    Checkbox

    Should the system apps be displayed in the list (mainly apps that come pre-installed on the device).

    Checked: Display all apps including system apps.

     

    Unchecked: Display only non-system apps.

    Show selected apps only

    Checkbox

    Only display the apps that are selected from the list.

    Checked: Display all apps.

     

    Unchecked: Display only selected apps.

    Apps blacklist

    List

    Selects the blacklisted apps.

     

    -

    Lists priority

    Checkbox

    If apps from both the whitelist and blacklist are active, defines which ones takes precedence.

    Whitelist: If apps from both the whitelist and blacklist are active, the whitelist takes precedence, which meaning the Wi-Fi / data will stay ON.

     

    Blacklist: If apps from both the whitelist and blacklist are active, the blacklist takes precedence, meaning the Wi-Fi / data will stay OFF.

    Apps check frequency

    List

    GreenPower needs to check regularly to see which apps are running. Checking more often provides better reactivity: turning off data more quickly when a blacklisted app is launched, or restoring connectivity when it exits. But this uses a bit more CPU power.

    High frequency: Check frequently. Best reactivity but highest CPU usage.

     

    Medium frequency: Best balance between reactivity and CPU usage.

    Low frequency: Lowest CPU usage, but lower reactivity.

  • Accounts sync settings

    Defines settings related to management of accounts syncing. The accounts are listed in your device in the "settings > accounts" section. Android doesn’t offer much control by default as you can just globally enable or disable accounts syncing. GreenPower offers much more finely-grained control. The basic idea is that since GreenPower turns Wi-Fi / data off most of the time, there is no reason for the account syncing to be ON, as it would fail. Instead, GreenPower can turn syncing ON when it turns Wi-Fi / data ON, ensuring that emails or other messages will be fetched exactly when the network is available. You can also specify if you want the syncing to be run less often than at each connection time.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Sync accounts

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower should manage the way accounts syncing is done on the device.

    Checked (recommended): Enable the management of accounts syncing by GreenPower.

     

    Unchecked: Disable the management of accounts syncing by GreenPower.

    Sync on schedule

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower should perform a syncing of the accounts each time connectivity is turned ON through the regular toggling of Wi-Fi and data. Some restrictions may apply depending on the other settings below.

    Checked (recommended): Sync accounts each time Wi-Fi / data is switched ON via regular toggling. Some restrictions may apply depending on the other settings below.

     

    Unchecked: Don't sync the accounts when Wi-Fi / data is switched ON via regular toggling.

    Sync when screen turned ON

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower should perform a syncing of the accounts when Wi-Fi / data is turned ON after screen is turned ON or unlocked. Some restrictions may apply depending on the other settings below.

    Checked (recommended): Sync the accounts when Wi-Fi / data is switched ON after screen is turned ON or unlocked. Some restrictions may apply depending on the other settings below.

     

    Unchecked: Don't sync the accounts when Wi-Fi / data is switched ON after screen is turned ON or unlocked.

    Delay sync at screen ON

    Checkbox

    To decrease CPU usage, this setting allows the syncing to be delayed for a few seconds after screen is turned ON.

    Checked (recommended): Delays the syncing by about 5 seconds after Wi-Fi / data is enabled.

     

    Unchecked: Don't delay the syncing and instead sync accounts immediately once Wi-Fi / data is switched ON after the screen is turned ON. Some restrictions may apply depending on the other settings below.

    Avoid unwanted autosync

    Checkbox

    The settings above allow you to define when GreenPower will force the syncing. But if the device's main setting "enable autosync" is ON, the device itself may choose to run syncing at other times. Therefore you can specify here that when GreenPower is not explicitly forcing a syncing, it will keep the device's main setting switched off to prevent the device from running other syncing (which would fail anyway if the network is off).

    Checked (recommended): Keep device's main autosync setting switched off.

     

    Unchecked: Keep device's main autosync setting switched on. The device may run syncing at any time.

    Sync only on Wi-Fi

    Checkbox

    Syncing can result in a significant amount of data being transferred. Therefore if you don't have an appropriate data plan, it is best to sync only on Wi-Fi.

    Checked (recommended): Only run syncing when Wi-Fi is connected.

     

    Unchecked: Run syncing both on Wi-Fi and mobile network.

    Sync minimum delay

    List

    Instead of running a sync every time Wi-Fi / data is turned ON, you can define here a minimum time between each syncing.

    The minimum delay in seconds between two syncings.

    Autosync when charging

    Checkbox

    If the device is charging, you can choose to keep the device's austosync setting ON so that the device may sync at any time.

    Checked (recommended): Keep device's main autosync enabled when the device is charging.

     

    Unchecked: Keep device's main autosync disabled when the device is charging.

  • Traffic settings

    Defines settings involved in checking Wi-Fi / data traffic.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Check data traffic

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower should ensure there is no traffic or low traffic before it can turn OFF wireless.

    Checked (recommended): If there is traffic when GreenPower tries to turn wireless OFF (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed), it will wait and try again later.

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower turns wireless OFF (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) as soon as it needs to, regardless of traffic.

    Traffic settings

     

    Data traffic threshold

    List

    Defines the data threshold under which GreenPower can turn data OFF when needed.

    Threshold in kBytes/s.

    Traffic check duration

    List

    The traffic threshold is an average measured over a given period of time. For optimal energy-saving, a short period is best as it allows data to be turned OFF earlier. For fewer side effects, longer periods are best as some applications (especially streaming apps like Spotify or Pandora) receive data in bursts rather than regularly.

    Duration in seconds.

  • Day & Night settings

    Day mode settings

    Those settings apply to day mode only (outside of the time range defined in the night mode), or all day long if night mode is not enabled. They define the main conditions for turning wireless ON and OFF (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed): based on screen status, power status, or in continuing cycles of ON/OFF.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Wireless ON duration

    List

    How long to keep wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) ON before turning it OFF again.

    Duration in minutes.

    Wireless OFF duration

    List

    How long to keep wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) OFF before turning it ON again.

    Duration in minutes.

    Screen toggle

    List

    Defines when to turn ON wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) if screen is turned ON or unlocked.

    Wireless ON if screen ON: Turn ON wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) as soon as screen is turned ON.

     

    Wireless ON if screen unlocked: Turn ON wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) after screen is unlocked.

     

    Don't turn ON wireless: Screen being turned ON or unlocked doesn't cause wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) to be turned ON.

    Toggle if power ON

    Checkbox

    Defines whether wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) shall be turned ON when the power is connected.

    Checked: Wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) will be kept ON as long as the power is connected.

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower will act in the same way regardless of whether the power is connected or not.

    Brightness mode

    List

    Allows the display brightness to be set to specific values during day mode.

    Don't change brightness: Device's display brightness won't be changed when day mode starts.

     

    Automatic brightness: Set the device's display brightness to automatic mode when day mode starts. The display brightness will then be automatically handled by your device depending on ambient light levels.

     

    Manual brightness: Set the device's display brightness to a specific level when day mode starts.

    Brightness level

    Value

    Sets the brightness level used when the brightness mode selected is manual.

    Choose the brightness level using a scrollable cursor.

    Night mode settings

    Those settings apply to night mode only (inside the time range defined below) if the night mode is activated. As for the day mode, they define the main conditions for turning wireless ON and OFF (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed): based on screen status, power status, or in continuing cycles of ON/OFF. They also add some extra options. See below.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Enable night mode

    Checkbox

    Enables or disables night mode

    Checked: Night mode is enabled, and GreenPower will use the night mode settings during the time range defined in night mode, and the day mode otherwise.

     

    Unchecked: Night mode is disabled. Only day mode settings will be used all day long.

    Night schedules

    Checkbox

    Define the day and night start times for each day. See below the table for Night Schedules for more details.

    Time

    All OFF at night

    Checkbox

    Disables wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) completely at night, whatever the screen, power or ON/OFF times.

    Checked: During the whole night, wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which on is managed) will stay OFF. It can however be turned ON manually, but will be turned back OFF soon after.

     

    Unchecked: Normal settings (screen, power, ON/OFF times) apply.

    Airplane mode

    Checkbox

    Available in addition to «All OFF at night»: Turns ON Airplane mode at night start and turns it OFF at night end. Note that you can always turn OFF Airplane mode when it is ON, in which case it won't be forced back ON by GreenPower. This feature is not available anymore in Jelly Bean because Android removed the possibility for regular apps to toggle airplane mode.

    Checked: GreenPower will turn Airplane mode ON at night start time, and OFF at night end time.

     

    Unchecked: Airplane mode untouched by GreenPower.

    Wireless ON duration

    List

    How long to keep wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) ON before turning it OFF again.

    Duration in minutes

    Wireless OFF duration

    List

    How long to keep wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) OFF before turning it ON again.

    Duration in minutes

    Screen toggle

    List

    Defines when to turn ON wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) if screen is turned ON or unlocked.

    Wireless ON if screen ON: Turns ON wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) as soon as screen is turned ON.

     

    Wireless ON if screen unlocked: Turns ON wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) after screen is unlocked.

     

    Don't turn ON wireless: Screen being turned ON or unlocked does not cause wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) to be turned ON.

    Toggle if power ON

    Checkbox

    Defines whether the wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) should be turned ON when the power is connected.

    Checked: Wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network depending on which is managed) will be kept ON as long as the power is connected.

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower will act in the same way regardless of whether the power is connected or not.

    Brightness mode

    List

    Sets the brightness of the display to specific values during night mode.

    Don't change brightness: Device's display brightness won't be changed when night mode starts.

     

    Automatic brightness: Set the device's display brightness to automatic mode when night mode starts. The display's brightness will then be automatically handled by your device depending on the ambient light level.

     

    Manual brightness: Set the device's display brightness to a specific level when night mode starts.

    Brightness level

    Value

    Sets the brightness level used when the brightness mode selected is manual.

    Choose the brightness level using a scrollable cursor.

    Night schedules

    Those settings define when GreenPower should run in Day Mode or Night Mode. You can either define a common schedule that would apply for all days or define the schedule individually for each day. When defining the schedule individually for each day, you don't really need to set the schedule for each day, but can instead specificy that for some days the default schedule should apply, so that you ony need to specifyc the times for the days that differ from the default.

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Common schedule

    Checkbox

    Specify whether to use the same schedule for all days or not.

    Checked: Same default schedule will be used for all days. It can be specified in the setting "Default" below.

     

    Unchecked: The schedules will be defined individually for each day.

    Default

    Times

    Specify the default Day Start time and Night Start time. If the checkbox "common schedule" is checked, then those values will be used for all days. If the checkbox "common schedule" is not checked, then those default values will be used wherever the check box "use default" is checked on a given day.

    Day Start: Specifies the start of Day mode.

     

    Night Start: Specifies the start of Night mode. If Night Start time is before Day Start time, then it's understood as being the next morning: See examples below.

    Monday ... Sunday

    Times

    Specify the Day Start time and Night Start time for the given day. Only used when the checkbox "common schedule" is unchecked.

    Day Start: Specifies the start of Day mode.

     

    Night Start: Specifies the start of Night mode. If Night Start time is before Day Start time, then it's understood as being the next morning: See examples below.

     

    Use default: If the box "use default" is checked, then the Day Start time and/or Night Start time from the given day are ignored and the default one is used instead.

    Night schedules examples

    -

    Schedules settings

    Description

    Example 1

    "Common Schedule" checked.
    Default settings set:
    - Day Start: 08:00
    - Night Start: 22:00

    Schedule will be the same for all days.
    00:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-22:00: Day Mode
    22:00-24:00: Night Mode

    Example 2

    "Common Schedule" checked.
    Default settings set:
    - Day Start: 08:00
    - Night Start: 01:00 (means 01am the next morning)

    Schedule will be the same for all days.
    00:00-01:00: Day Mode
    01:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-22:00: Day Mode
    22:00-24:00: Night Mode

    Example 3

    "Common Schedule" unchecked.
    Settings set:

    DayDay StartNight Start
    Monday 08:00 22:00
    Tuesday 08:00 22:00
    Wednesday 08:00 22:00
    Thursday 08:00 22:00
    Friday 08:00 04:00
    Saturday 11:00 03:00
    Sunday 12:00 23:00
    DayModes
    Monday 00:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-22:00: Day Mode
    22:00-24:00: Night Mode
    Tuesday 00:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-22:00: Day Mode
    22:00-24:00: Night Mode
    Wednesday 00:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-22:00: Day Mode
    22:00-24:00: Night Mode
    Thursday 00:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-22:00: Day Mode
    22:00-24:00: Night Mode
    Friday 00:00-08:00: Night Mode
    08:00-24:00: Day Mode
    Saturday 00:00-04:00: Day Mode
    04:00-11:00: Night Mode
    11:00-24:00: Day Mode
    Sunday 00:00-03:00: Day Mode
    03:00-12:00: Night Mode
    12:00-23:00: Day Mode
    23:00-24:00: Night Mode
  • Other settings

    Setting name

    Type

    Description

    Values

    Screen OFF wireless delay

    List

    Defines how long to wait to turn OFF wireless (Wi-Fi and/or Mobile Network) when the screen is turned OFF.

    Number of seconds.

    Keep during phone call

    Checkbox

    Defines whether data should be kept ON during a phone call.

    Checked: Data is kept ON (may be turned ON if it was OFF) during a call.

     

    Unchecked: Data is kept OFF (may be turned OFF if it was ON) during a call.

    Keep if hotspot enabled

    Checkbox

    Defines whether data should be kept ON when the device's Wi-Fi Hotspot is enabled.

    Checked (recommended): GreenPower won't turn data OFF as long as the device's Wi-Fi Hotspot is enabled.

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower will turn OFF data as needed, whatever the Wi-Fi Hotspot status is.

    Startup at boot

    Checkbox

    Defines whether GreenPower should start automatically when the device starts or not.

    Checked: GreenPower starts automatically when the device starts.

     

    Unchecked: GreenPower needs to be started manually.

    Notifications settings

    Notification

    Checkbox

    Defines whether a notification icon (Green / Orange / Red leaf) should be displayed in the top left corner of the device's notification bar when the GreenPower service is running.

     

    Display battery left

    Checkbox

    Allows the percentage of battery power left to be displayed in the GreenPower notification icon in the notification bar.

    Checked: Battery power percentage left is displayed close to the GreenPower icon in the notification bar of the device. Only appears if the above notification setting is enabled.

     

    Unchecked: Battery percentage left is not displayed.

    Wi-Fi notification

    Checkbox

    By default, when Wi-Fi management is not enabled, there is an orange notification icon to alert you. But on many occasions, you would only use GreenPower for mobile network management, so not managing Wi-Fi may be intended. In this case, it is better not to display the orange notification.

    Checked: When Wi-Fi management is not enabled, the notification icon turns orange with an information text.

     

    Unchecked: Whether the Wi-Fi management is enabled or not, the notification icon stays green.

    Mobile Network notification

    Checkbox

    By default, when Mobile Network management is not enabled, there is an orange notification icon to alert you. But on many occasions, you would only use GreenPower for Wi-Fi management, so not managing he Mobile Network may be intended. In this case, it is better not to display the orange notification.

    Checked: When Mobile Network management is not enabled, the notification icon turns orange with an information text.

     

    Unchecked: Whether Mobile Network management is enabled or not, the notification icon stays green.

    Advanced settings

    Turn ON logging on SD card

    Checkbox

    Enables the logging of GreenPower's activity in a log file located on your SD card. Only use when asked for a log file by support as the file can grow quite large.

     

    Disable Samsung's power saver

    Checkbox

    Only applies to Samsung phones. It is recommended that this be enabled to avoid conflicts with the device's power saver.

     

    Language

    List

    Choose the GreenPower GUI language from among 20+ languages.