5 Best Galaxy Note 8 Battery Cases

5 Best Galaxy Note 8 Battery Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this buying guide we’ll explain the benefits of a Galaxy Note 8 battery case and share a list of the best cases available. These will keep your phone safe and nearly double its battery life at the same time.

With such a big screen and glass covering the front and the back, the Note 8 is somewhat fragile. That’s why we recommend getting a good case. While you’re at it, get one that improves battery life.

Read: 10 Best Galaxy Note 8 Screen Protectors 

There are a few different choices for a battery case, from cheap no-name brands that may not last as long as advertised, to quality cases from brands we know and trust. Some cost as little as $39 although you’ll need to spend a little more to get one from a reputable brand.

The Galaxy Note 8 has a massive 6.3-inch Quad-HD display, but only a 3,300 mAh battery. That’s smaller than the companies own Galaxy S8+. And while it’s enough for some, battery life is one of the biggest complaints we continue to receive. Here are some tips to improve battery life, then keep reading for more information about cases.

Last year Samsung debuted their own battery cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with wireless charging built-in. Sadly, that isn’t an option for the Galaxy S8 or the new Note 8. As a result, owners will need to look to popular third-party accessory manufacturers.

And since the battery isn’t removable, the next best thing for users is a portable charger pack or a Galaxy Note 8 battery case.

Read: Best Fast Chargers for the Galaxy Note 8

Buying a cheap $39 battery case is better than nothing, and will keep your phone safe while offering 160% more battery life. That’s cheaper than replacing a broken screen for $200+, and you’ll enjoy your phone more too. Popular options like Mophie have battery cases with wireless charging built-in too, so you won’t lose features. However, their Note 8 battery case isn’t available yet but is coming soon.

These cases can make the Galaxy Note 8 easily last 2-3 days on a single charge, or longer. Perfect for going on vacation, business users, or those constantly on the go. Even if you don’t use it daily, a battery case is a good accessory to have when you need it.

With that all said, these are the best Galaxy Note 8 battery cases available so far. We’ll update this slideshow with more options as they become available. Get one today and enjoy your phone without worrying about finding a wall outlet.

ZeroLemon 10,000 mAh Note 8 Case

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ZeroLemon 10,000 mAh Note 8 Case

If you're one of the few that absolutely must have amazing battery life, this is it. ZeroLemon is a brand almost any battery case fan knows and knows well. They often offer the biggest battery cases on the market, and the Note 8 is no exception. 

And while ZeroLemon does sell a 5,000 mAh battery case, it's the 10,000 mAh one we want to highlight. The Note 8 has a small 3,300 mAh battery built-in. Buying this case completely triples battery life. Imagine charging your phone once every 3-5 days, or less. 

The company uses a strong polycarbonate shell for durability along with a soft TPU outer shell for drop protection. Then, they added four LED's on the back for battery status information. 

Our favorite part though is the ZeroLemon case offers simultaneous charging (both the case and phone at the same time) and data passthrough. This is important because cheaper battery cases don't offer either of those. You can't transfer data or music and photos without taking the case off, and most only charge the case, or the case first and then the phone. 

Finally, this case routes sound from the bottom speaker into the frame and delivers front-facing speakers. Reviews are mixed when talking about the overall quality, but try one yourself today. 

Buy it Now for $59.99 from ZeroLemon

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5 Best Galaxy Note 8 Battery Cases is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

2017 Pokémon GO Halloween Event: New Pokemon & Start Date Info

2017 Pokémon GO Halloween Event: New Pokemon & Start Date Info is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Pokémon GO Halloween Event that mobile gamers are waiting for should start soon. The latest rumors suggest Niantic Labs is about to announce an event you won’t want to miss.

Coming soon to Android and iPhone, the Pokémon GO Halloween Event is an unexpectedly huge update, allegedly. Community members stripped down a copy of the game’s recent update and found ongoing work on a new generation of creatures, new items, new music and scary imagery that depict Ghost-Type Pokémon. They also found a hat inspired by one of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon’s most memorable characters: Mimikyu.

Here’s everything that we know about the 2017 Pokémon GO Halloween Event.

Read: 21 Pokémon GO Tips for Beginners & Novices

Pokémon GO Halloween Event 2017 Start Date

Right now, the exact Pokémon GO Halloween Event start date remains unclear. All the information we have about the even has come from leaks posted at the Pokémon GO Reddit and the Silph Road Reddit. Niantic Labs hasn’t revealed the official Halloween Event start date and time.

We do have enough information to speculate about the release date though. As it’s a Halloween event, Niantic must launch it before or on October 31st, 2017. If the studio wants to give gamers a little time to prepare, the event could start on Monday, October 30th. It’s also possible that the event will start on October 25th. That’s when Niantic’s in-game prize event for taking cool photos with your Pokémon ends.

What’s New in the Pokémon GO Halloween Event

This is unconfirmed, but it looks like the Pokémon GO Halloween Event will include more than just spooky theming and bug fixes. Gamers may get another generation of Pokémon to collect and add to their team, plus some new music.

This leaked loading image was taken from within Pokémon GO.

Read: Pokémon GO Level Guide: What Your Trainer Gets

Hidden within the game are sounds for every Pokémon up to #386. This is big news because there aren’t that many creatures in the game for players to collect now. Pokémon GO launched in 2016 with access to the first 150 creatures. Generation-Two Pokémon, creatures introduced in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, were added early in 2017.

It’s unclear if all Generation-Three Pokémon will make it into the game, or if just the Ghost-type creatures shown in the spooky image also uncovered by community members will arrive with the Pokémon GO Halloween Event. Niantic has added new Pokémon to the game in stages before, and only Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, Banette and Sableye are all shown standing in a field of pumpkins behind a trainer wearing a Mimikyu hat.

Read: How to Use Pokémon GO Incense

Finally, expect some new Halloween themed music to come with the Pokémon GO Halloween Event. This music will replace the upbeat, determined music in the game today. The Lavender Town theme from early editions of Pokémon is among this new music, according to reports.

Gym updates from this past summer’s Pokémon GO Update.

Unfortunately, we don’t know if any new items are coming with the Pokémon GO Halloween Event. The artwork with all the Ghost-Type Pokémon on it does show a trainer wearing a Mimikyu hat, so it seems possible that Niantic will at least add that. It’s also possible that this is a mistake by the artist that made the image; Mimikyu was in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Niantic isn’t anywhere close to releasing the creatures that were in that game if they stick to releasing new creatures in the order GameFreak and Nintendo added them to the series.

Read: Pokémon GO Updates: new Creatures & Berries

Expect more news about the 2017 Pokémon GO Halloween Event on or just before October 31st.

2017 Pokémon GO Halloween Event: New Pokemon & Start Date Info is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

How to Fix Bad LG V30 Battery Life

How to Fix Bad LG V30 Battery Life is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

The dual camera LG V30 has a lot to offer along with pretty decent battery life, but it’s not perfect. Even with fast and wireless charging, some users are experiencing LG V30 battery life problems. If that’s you, here are over 10 tips to improve battery life and enjoy your phone to the fullest.

This is the first LG V-series phone that doesn’t have a removable battery. Instead, LG delivered water-resistance and wireless charging. So while you can’t swap out a full battery, you can make software changes for a better experience.

Read: 20 Best LG V30 Cases 

With a 6-inch OLED screen and a big 3,300 mAh battery, the V30 is on par with most other flagship smartphones. And while that’s enough for most it can always be better. These are some settings to change, steps to take, and options to consider to make your phone last as long as possible.

How to Fix Bad LG V30 Battery Life

LG phones are extremely customizable with multiple options, controls, and settings that you can change for an improved experience. They also come with a slew of features you might not use, which could hurt battery life. We’ll go over what to change, how to disable features, or what you need to know so you can find what’s causing battery life problems.

Reboot Your LG V30 to Fix Battery Life

First things first, a quick and simple reboot is probably the best tip we can give you. There are many different things that can cause your battery to drain faster than expected. Sometimes the easiest way to fix things or stop a problem is by rebooting the phone.

This sounds like a silly recommendation, but you’d be amazed how many minor problems get fixed by turning a phone off and back on, or hitting reboot. Try that first, then continue on for more information.

Find Apps Eating Up Your Battery

The other big problem is random apps that misbehave. You’ll want to find these before it’s too late and before your battery is dead. If you want to fix your bad V30 battery life, keep an eye on running apps in the settings menu.

Read: 10 Neat Things the LG V30 Can Do

It doesn’t matter if these apps come pre-installed or it’s something you downloaded from the Google Play Store. Sometimes apps just don’t work right, or don’t work well with new phones at first. Typically updates fix any issues.

If you use an application a lot, it’s going to drain your battery. At the same time, some situations occur where an app uses an abnormal amount, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid.

Go to Settings > General > Battery & Power saving > Battery Usage and look for apps draining too much juice, or anything near the top of the list.

You should see Android System, Screen, or Android OS near the top of the Battery Usage menu. If something else is at the top, an app, that’s a problem. Click the app and select “Force Stop” or uninstall the app to prevent further problems. If this is something you use often try reinstalling it or contacting the developer on Google Play.

Lower the Screen Resolution

The LG V30 has a big and beautiful 6-inch 2k 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD display. It’s stunning to look at, but do we really need a higher resolution than most HDTV’s in our homes? Samsung phones come running at 1080p out of the box, instead of the full Quad-HD they’re capable of.

And while this sounds silly to some, you’ll never notice the difference. Head into Settings > Display > Screen resolution and lower it to 1080p and enjoy the same great experience along with a bump to battery life.

Disable the Always-On Display

A feature most love about LG phones is the Always-On display. The small clock, date, notifications and battery meter on the screen at all times, even after you turn off the screen. This is the customizable always-on display.

LG has this feature turned off when you get the phone, but if you’re like most you probably quickly turned it on. The Always-On display shouldn’t use more than a few percentages of battery after an 8-hour day, but every little bit helps. Turn it off if your phone isn’t lasting as long as expected.

Head into Settings > Display > and scroll down to Always-On Display and switch the toggle to off. Now your screen will go completely black and turn off 100% when you’re done using it, which could improve battery life.

Screen Brightness & Sleep Time

Most users check their phone over 140 times a day, usually just to see the time or check a notification. The Always-On display cuts down on those 140 power-ups, so it might actually improve battery life. Try with it on and off and see what works best. Then, adjust the screen brightness and something called the Sleep Timer.

Make sure you hit the power/sleep fingerprint scanner button when you’re done using the phone, so the screen isn’t just turned on for no reason when you’re done using it. Most people just set the phone down when they’re done, and the screen stays on for a few minutes wasting battery. Turn it off when you’re done, and keep an eye on your screen brightness too.

Alternatively, you can adjust how long it stays on when it’s not in use. This is the Sleep Timer and something that makes a big difference for battery life.

Head into Settings > Display > Screen Timeout and set it to 30 seconds or less. This way every time you set the phone down the screen turns off within 30 seconds instead of 1 or 5 minutes.

Use a Black Wallpaper

This isn’t for everyone, but using a Black wallpaper will improve battery life too. This is because LG’s new OLED display technology in the V30. OLED screens are very efficient and display black colors easily. Pixels don’t need to turn on individually — or as high — to display a black image. As a result, a black image saves battery life.

After you’ve downloaded a nice wallpaper long-press a blank area of the screen and go into Wallpapers to apply it. This only helps a bit, but combine it with all of our tips and you’ll see good results.

WiFi, 4G LTE, Bluetooth & GPS

Again, every little bit helps when we use our phones for 8-10 hours a day, or more. With that said, if you aren’t using WiFi or Bluetooth, turn them off. Using WiFi is better on your battery, but if you aren’t connected it will search non-stop for a WiFi connection, and slowly drain the battery.

Another reason we run out of battery too fast is GPS. Whether that’s Google Maps or Facebook Messenger trying to find your location. Disabling what uses GPS can add a few hours to your battery life.

Head into settings and tap the magnifying glass. Type “Location” then enter location settings and change the mode to battery saver mode. GPS isn’t as accurate, but you’ll notice an increase in battery life.

Turn Off LG V30 Features You Don’t Need

Another option is turning off some of the many features LG added that you’ll never use. Things like KnockON where you double tap to wake up the screen, a screen saver, to the floating shortcut bar that replaced the second screen on the LG V20.

Head into Settings > Display > Advanced Features and turn some of these off. Or navigate to Settings > General > Floating bar and turn that off too. A lot of these are neat, but not necessary and take up battery for no reason.

LG Smart Settings

Before you try battery saver modes or anything too crazy, check out “Smart Settings” on the LG V30. This feature makes battery-saving changes after it learns your habits, then turns things like WiFi on or off for you. All based on your location or usage habits. Which results in nothing for you to do, but enjoy a long-lasting device. A lot of apps offer something similar, but LG has its own built right into the V30.

There are multiple profiles to choose from, and each one is completely customizable. Take a few minutes to look through this and apply any that sound useful. Another option is Snapdragon BatteryGuru. It does the same thing, only it’s more aggressive.

Battery Saver Modes

As a last resort, try some of the LG V30 battery saver modes and profiles. These “save battery by reducing performance and restricting features and apps that run in the background”. Basically, these modes lower the brightness, kill apps faster so you can’t multitask, and lowers how fast the processor is inside.

However, LG has a big list of exclusions too. This means you can take full advantage of battery saver modes, but exclude certain apps or activities from it so you still enjoy your phone completely. It will limit everything but what you want, so you get good battery life without consequences.

Other Battery Tips & Tricks

At the end of the day, battery life always comes down to how you use your phone. Some are heavy users, some aren’t. Another app worth checking out is BetteryBatteryStats. This program shows you what apps use what, and will highlight potential problems. It’s a pretty powerful app that will give you more insight into your usage habits.

Then, once Android 8.0 Oreo arrives we can expect even more improvements to performance, battery life, and more.

Read: How to Enable Full-Screen Apps on the LG V30

Another quick tip is to use Airplane mode. When you don’t need the “smart” aspects of your phone, or even need to make phone calls, turn on Airplane mode. This setting turns off all data, radios, services and more and most phones can last 4-5 days with it enabled. Or, try restarting your LG V30 every week or so to give the system a fresh start and flush everything out. I’ve noticed this helps with performance and battery life with almost any smartphone.

While you’re here, check out this list of the best LG V30 screen protectors. Then stay tuned for more battery-saving tips in the near future.

How to Fix Bad LG V30 Battery Life is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

New Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update Rolling Out

New Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update Rolling Out is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

A new Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 update is rolling out in the United States and owners of the AT&T Galaxy J3 (2016) can start checking their phone for the upgrade.

Samsung’s Galaxy Android 7.1.1 roll out continues to make progress ahead of its highly anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo release for Galaxy smartphones and tablets. While most Galaxy devices will probably stay put on Android 7.0 Nougat, some will get bumped to the newer version number.

AT&T’s Galaxy J3 (2016) is the latest device to get moved to Android 7.1.1 Nougat. The device is currently rolling out Over-the-Air and Galaxy J3 users are encouraged to check their phones for the update. AT&T’s updates can take a few days to reach everyone so if it doesn’t appear today it could emerge tomorrow.

The device’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat update is a big one. The update is packed with features and fixes and it requires a 1GB download. This is the device’s first major software update since July.

Galaxy J3 (2016) users can expect features from Android Nougat, Video Calling, Wi-Fi Calling, and Samsung’s August security patch. The company has bypassed the September security patch in favor of delivering a patch for the Blueborne exploit.

The company recently confirmed its October security update and we expect the patch to start hitting flagship and mid-range Galaxy phones and tablets in the near future.

Samsung continues to push Android 7.1.1 Nougat updates, but Galaxy users currently running Android 7.0 Nougat can expect an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, not Android 7.1.1 or Android 7.1.1. Most of the changes from Google’s Android 7.1.1 update are baked into Samsung’s version of Android 7.0.

Samsung is working on an Android 8.0 Oreo release, but it still hasn’t confirmed individual updates.

The company is testing its Android 8.0 Oreo update on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and it’s reportedly planning a Galaxy S8 Android 8.0 Oreo beta ahead of the final release. Unfortunately, there’s still no timeline for the beta or an official Android Oreo announcement.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ should be first in line for Android Oreo though we expect popular devices like the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge to get upgraded from Android Nougat as well.

The company’s list of Android Oreo updates should also include the likes of the Galaxy A7 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy J7 (2017), Galaxy J5 (2017), Galaxy Note 7 FE, and Galaxy Tab S3.

Samsung’s Android Oreo roll out will be extensive, but former flagships like the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 are in danger of missing Android 8.0 now that they’ve reached the two year mark. Samsung typically offers major software upgrades for two years before cutting support off.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 might not get Android Oreo, but Samsung and its partners should continue to support them with bug fixes and security patches.

Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo: 6 Things to Expect & 3 Things Not To

Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

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Expect a Samsung Galaxy Android Oreo Beta

Unless it drastically shakes things up, we expect Samsung to release an Android Oreo beta for select Galaxy devices. 

In late 2015, Samsung released an Galaxy S7 Nougat beta. The beta gave users a chance to try the features early but more importantly, it helped Samsung squash bugs ahead of the software's release.

This wasn't the first time Samsung publicly tested new Android software. The company also ran an Android Marshmallow beta for the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, and Galaxy Note 5 back in 2015. The Galaxy Note 7 wasn't included in the Nougat beta because, well, it started blowing up. 

Nothing is confirmed but it looks like the company is prepping an Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. 

Look for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and, perhaps, the new Galaxy Note 8 to take part. If you own an older device like the Galaxy S7 or a mid-range device , your chances of seeing a beta are much slimmer. 

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New Samsung Galaxy Android 7.1.1 Update Rolling Out is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.