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General Tips for Using Mobile Devices

Modified on: Tue, May 10, 2016 at 9:19 AM


Below you'll find a listing of general tips in using mobile devices as an instructor:

  • Keep your apps up to date. Many app developers regularly release free updates which may improve performance or fix bugs.
  • Your iOS and Android devices will likely support your university email and calendar accounts as well as many other personal email providers such as Gmail. Check https://missouri.rightanswers.com/portal/public/ for more details on setting these up.
  • Many apps require their own login account and password. There are some secure password manager apps available such as mSecure which will help you keep these things straight! Always create secure passwords but keep in mind typing certain characters can be difficult on a mobile device. Do NOT share you screen with others while typing your password!
  • iOS has an app called “Find my iPhone” which enables location tracking and remote lock/wipe. This can be a very handy feature if your device becomes lost or stolen. At this time we have been unable to identify any similar apps that work well on Android tablets without cellular connections.
  • When connecting off-campus from any untrusted network or needing to connect to MU Library databases, use the campus VPN. For Android and iOS, download the Cisco Anyconnect client. When asked for a server, enter “anyconnect.missouri.edu”. You will also need to enter your PawPrint and password. When asked for your Group, choose **Generic or *Employee unless told otherwise by your ITPro.
  • Make sure your device has a PIN, password, or pattern (Android only) to secure your device. On iOS, these can be set under Settings > General > Passcode Lock. On Android these are under Settings > Security. Note that iOS also gives you the opportunity to erase all data on the iPad after ten (consecutive) failed login attempts.
  • On Android, consider installing an anti-virus/malware app. At this time, we are not recommending any one app, due to issues with compatibility across tablets, but are actively investigating this category. At this time, the threat to iOS is minimal and there are no good anti-virus/malware tools available that we would recommend.

Battery Optimization

Some mobile device features can cause the batteries to drain faster. Some tips for optimizing battery life include:

  • Close apps in the background from time to time. It is not uncommon, particularly on iPads, to find twenty or thirty apps open. Although most of these should not be active when not being actively used, some are. There is also anecdotal evidence that having a large number of apps open in memory can interfere with some functions, such as AirPlay.
  • Turn Bluetooth off if it is not needed for long periods. While newer devices and accessories may use the low-powered Bluetooth 4 standard, older (first and second-generation iPads for instance) use older versions of Bluetooth which use more power. Turning Bluetooth off will also prevent bluejacking attacks.
  • Some apps that use location services can drain the battery. If you notice the location services are on when you do not think they should be, try disabling location services for specific apps or for all apps.
  • In iOS, use of location services is indicated by an arrowhead pointing diagonally to the upper right next to the batter indicator. Location services can be controlled in Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  • On Android, location services cannot be disabled one at a time, but have to be turned off en masse. Location services are controlled by Settings > Location Access. Some (but not all) Android devices have a location indicator. The icon for this varies by manufacturer.

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