10 tips and tricks that will increase battery life on your Samsung Galaxy S5
10 legit tips and tricks to increase battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S5
1. Tweak the brightness
Instead, even if you set the brightness to Auto, you can still tweak the relative gains or losses when the GS5 decides its time for a different level of brightness. This is easily done by checking the Auto box in the brightness slider, but still sliding the indicator to the lowest possible value (-5). That way, the GS5 will still dynamically tweak brightness, but it'll also stick to more conservative values.
2. Enable Auto adjust screen tone
Just think about it: In a given environment, 200 nits of brightness may be insufficient to provide a clear viewing experience when the screen is displaying very dark content, but those same 200 nits are probably an overkill if you're looking at content that has a lot of white in it (like, say, the browser). In that scenario, the aforementioned option will be able to squeeze extra battery life by adjusting the brightness intelligently, while still allowing you to view content comfortably.
3. Be aware of the advantages and limitations of the AMOLED screen
4. Avoid live wallpapers
5. Turn the screen to monochrome
Go to Settings (General tab) > Power Saving > Power Saving mode and turn it on. On the bottom, you'll see a Gresycale mode option -- turn it to on, and your screen will instantly become completely monochrome, thus saving you power.
6. Restrict performance
Decide which of these you can do without, and choose accordingly.
7. Turn off Air wake up
Turn the feature off by going to Settings (Device tab) > Accessibility > Dexterity and interaction > Air wake up.
8. Turn Smart stay off
Turn off Smart stay by going to Settings (Device tab) > Display > Smart stay.
9. Disable 3G/LTE, Wi-Fi, and GPS radios when not needed
Finally, it's usually a good idea to dynamically turn 3G or LTE on or off (or data completely), depending on whether you actually need the extra speed. This will cause your GS5 to revert to a 2G GSM network, which is plenty reliable in terms of phone calls, and still allows for data transfer fast enough for notifications and chats to continue working. This saves you battery, especially in areas with poor reception. Trust us.
10. Put your apps in line and disable automatic Play Store updates off Wi-Fi
A good way to manage such apps is by installing BitDefender's Clueful app. Clueful will alert you to your current privacy status, but will also allow you to filter apps by the type of permissions they ask for. For example, you can sort apps so that only those that ping your location are shown, and, if you have root, download one of the many App Ops applications available on the Play Store and revoke that permission. If you're not rooted, and you want to keep certain apps that require your location, you can still check if they allow you to turn that permission off manually through their respective settings menu. Most do.
Lastly, make sure that automatic Play Store updates are either completely turned off (not recommended), or at least that those only update over Wi-Fi (Settings > Auto-update apps). This way you'll save yourself both data and power, and you'll be giving up essentially nothing in exchange. After all, it's usually the case that whenever you're on Wi-Fi, you're also near a power outlet.
11. Captain Obvious bonus slide: Turn on Ultra Power Saving Mode
To activate USPM, go to Settings (General tab) > Power saving > Ultra power saving mode and flip the switch to on. Keep in mind that it'll take a while for the mode to activate, so sit tight.
1. phljcnth (Posts: 294; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
12. Restrict background processes and activities from Developer options
6. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Smart Stay is a brilliant feature that works perfectly and really uses very little battery. No need to turn it off.
8. gigaraga (Posts: 1381; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Awesome. GS5 already has excellent battery life so I'm sure this will prolong to the extremes that no other smartphone can reach :)
26. GripFuture (unregistered)
From what I've read the Galaxy S5 has great battery life and I love the idea of being able to swap out the battery whenever I would want to. Unfortunately I don't consider this phone to be an option for me because they won't offer an F-ING 32GB model! Why is the Galaxy S5 only available with 16GB internal storage?!?!?!?!
29. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Yeah, I never understood what Samsung's reasoning for that was, and it made it a no go for me, as well. But I was always going to wait to see what the Note 4 offered anyway.