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Monitor all your Android devices at once with Potential

It’s a good bet that if you’re reading this magazine you’ve got more than one Android device.

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You might have a phone and a tablet, a work phone and a play phone, or any number of combinations, but sometimes it can be a bit of a faff keeping track of the battery levels of those devices.

That’s where Potential comes in. Not only does it keep you abreast of the power levels of multiple devices, it also lets you toggle the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections on and off with a simple tap. It doesn’t run through your Google account either, so you’re not sharing your sign-in information.

Best of all, you don’t need a rooted device to make it work – you simply download the standard Potential app from the Google Play Store to your devices. All you’ll need to get it up and running are your Android devices and an internet connection. It shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes, either.

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1. Download the app

First you need to install the Potential app onto the devices you want to use it with. It’s a free download from the Play Store, but there’s an in-app purchase that lets you access more of the functions the app offers. Grab the app from the store and install it on each of your devices.

 

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2. Start an account

Now you need to set up a Potential account. It’s as simple as entering your email address and choosing a password. Make sure you pick a password that’s secure but easy to remember. You’ll get an email through asking you to confirm your address; click the link and you’re ready.

 

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3. Name the device

Give your first device a name. You’ll be asked to do this with all of the devices that you add to your Potential account, so if you’ve got multiple devices that are the same model, make sure you give them distinct names. When you’re happy with the name, tap the OK button.

 

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4. Explore the app

Once you’re done you’ll find yourself in the app. The UI is pretty easy on the eye and lays out all the information you need. There are three icons, for battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; tap either of the last two to toggle it on/off. Tap the top-left icon to open the side menu, then select Settings.

 

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5. Check the settings

There’s not a whole lot of tweaking you can do here, and anything that you can do involves buying the paid version. Once you’ve made the IAP, you need to reboot the app to make the changes. When you’ve done that, head back to the app’s Settings screen to have a play.

 

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6. Tweak the times

You can now change whether you get low battery notifications and how low the battery needs to get for the app to send one. The notifications will send across all the devices that are signed in to your account, so you’ll know if a device is starting to get low on juice.

 

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7. Add more devices

Follow the steps again and you can add more devices to your account. If you’ve not paid for the extra options you can only add two devices, but once you’ve made the IAP you’ll be able to add as many devices as you want. They’ll show up on the devices list.

 

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8. Find some answers

There’s a useful FAQ section that you can find in the Settings menu that should clear up any problems you have. It’s worth having a little play around on every device you’ve got the app installed on to get to grips with the little quirks,
but other than that you’re done.

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