Friday Pro Tip: You can choose which accounts sync on your device


If you’re a frequent Android user, I’m pretty sure you have various accounts stored on your device that sync automatically several times a day, in order to provide you with up to the minute information the instant you open the app. However, you may not know that this process consumes an awful lot of your valuable battery juice. That’s why it’s important to control which applications sync spontaneously and which ones start configuring once you toggle the app.

Altering which applications sync of their own accord is actually a fairly simple mission. It’s just a matter of navigating through the built-in Settings screen, but you do have to know exactly what you’re looking for in order to execute it — so to help you, we’ve compiled this little how-to guide. First things first, you will need to be running Eclair (2.0) and above. Then here’s what to do:

  1. Open up Settings.
  2. Tap on the Accounts & Sync subheading.
  3. Select an account that you don’t want to sync automatically. 
  4. Hit the Remove and uncheck the Sync Automatically box.

Voilà! You will now notice that you have successfully configured which applications you would like to sync automatically and which ones you would like to do manually. If you run into any issues along the way, do be sure to let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.

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