5 ways to extend the Samsung Galaxy S6's battery life

5 ways to extend the Samsung Galaxy S6's battery life
The Samsung Galaxy S6 excels at many things, but amazing battery life isn't among them. Thankfully, the situation is anything but critical, and there is a good number of ways to ensure your Galaxy S6 gets you through the day or provides you precious minutes of functionality when the battery percentage hits single digits. 

Probably the best among them is the Galaxy S6's quick charging ability which, provided you have the original charger or any Qualcomm QuickCharge-compatible launcher around, can give you plenty of fuel in just 10 minute bursts of charging. But if that's not the case, here are five things you should consider in order to improve the flagship's battery life.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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75 Comments

1. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

What I don't understand is people keep screaming how bad the S6/edge battery is (allegedly) as I get great battery life with my S6 {UK) unlocked version. Where was this noise for the iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 which all have/had worse and poorer battery than the S6. Its as people making big noise to highlight this alleged issue but were/are silent on Apple worser battery. Bare in mind the S6 battery is still better than Apple iphone 6/5s/5 etc

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1697; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

same. i get 24hrs plus use with 4+ hours of screen on time. my average is 36hours and 4hrs and 15 minutes. per charge.

9. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

That ain't s**t. After getting a couple replacement gs6 edges, I've been averaging about 7+ hours of screen on time. Brightness is key to maximizing it.

24. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I thought you had 2 S6 edges, had a HORRIBLE experience with its super laggy tw, and went back to using your Note 4??? I guess you need to work more on your lies buddy

27. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I actually reconsidered after talking to you guys about it. I'm no happier than ever. There was a fix online for the lag issue I was experiencing. But I didn't lie once. I'm currently on my third GS6 Edge and I'm loving it.

33. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Of course you own one now, how are we supposed to believe your calims the next fews days when you go back ranting how the S6 sucks lol For the last time, you, are, not, foolingggg, anyone on this site. I ll leave you now to work more on your lies, you're improving, but your lies still need more editing.

36. gaming64 unregistered

Dont worry, maherk. He's a fool himself already.

65. darkkjedii

Posts: 31312; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, you're a f**kng liar! Your ass got caught by Majerkoff, don't try to change up stories now.

38. arjay225

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

Im on my second S6 Edge due to the first one kept overheating. Battery life is soooo much better... they should have done more testing with the first batch... or brought an update sooner.

42. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

and you probably have everything disabled with screen brightness at it's lowest possible viewable setting!

61. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or so you will fervently, desperately believe.

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Don't compare with the competition. Compare it against the previous gen (S5).

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

I get the same endurance as s5. Slightly better in heavy load, slightly worse in light load and a little better stand by. And compared to my previous S4, it's almost double. You just need to tweak it a little too get that though. Samsung has done pretty bad optimisation and battery life out of the box is pretty bad. Plus android 5.0 isn't helping either. The phone is capable of great battery life. You just need to know how to get it before Samsung irons out the bugs.

17. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. I was a bit worried that i might miss the great battery life i used to get from my Note 4, but i am so impressed so far with my S6 Edge's battery life. I am getting 5-5:30 of sot, and the standby time is the best i ve ever had on a smartphone.

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

The stand by time is beyond excellent. I put my phone down at night and never had it drained even 2% in the whole night. It's either 0% or 1%. I'm getting about 6 to 7 hours SoT on 20-30% brightness and WiFi always on.

48. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I noticed that on the AT&T version of S6 - just a Showroom Model- the screen was dim at about 20% - much more dim than my Alpha at same %. Indoors I prefer a lower brightness anyway but a question on your S6: At about 20% is your screen color normal with white color whites ? The particular Model did not seem to have normal whites at about 15% to 20%. I was not sure if it was just calibration or that particular phone- It would be great to get 6 hours plus SOT and I don't like a really bright screen especially for Browsing - I may go brighter for reviewing Photos, Movies. Are you also using Greenify or any other App to get this SOT. I wonder if I would also get this type of SOT due to my preference for low brightness indoors...

49. TyrionLannister unregistered

The screen is brighter than almost any other device I've used at 20%. It's much brighter than my S4 and G2 at 20% and slightly brighter than iPad air 2. I sometimes put the screen at 100% too. I vary to get good enough brightness to use I.e. put just enough brightness. The whites look great. The colour calibration doesn't vary with the brightness on my unit and looks great even at 0% brightness.

50. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I noticed that on the AT&T version of S6 - just a Showroom Model- the screen was dim at about 20% - much more dim than my Alpha at same %. Indoors I prefer a lower brightness anyway but a question on your S6: At about 20% is your screen color normal with white color whites ? The particular Model did not seem to have normal whites at about 15% to 20%. I was not sure if it was just calibration or that particular phone- It would be great to get 6 hours plus SOT and I don't like a really bright screen especially for Browsing - I may go brighter for reviewing Photos, Movies. Are you also using Greenify or any other App to get this SOT. I wonder if I would also get this type of SOT due to my preference for low brightness indoors...

51. TyrionLannister unregistered

You pasted the same comment again dude. No, I'm not using greeny or any power saving mode. I just disabled a few apps I don't use.

25. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

exactly no apple phone can have such battery life And even with heavy use mine (Indian version) gets over a day easily i charge phone everyday even if 90% will be left no biggie but wish it was 2 mm thick with no camera bump i hate that but still its nice to carry around the king of smartphones in ur pocket just loving my amazing camera

57. Simona unregistered

What ''great batt. life'' is converted to days .. or hours ? :)

5. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

A more efficient way don't use your phone. Every phone can hold battery if turn all of its features off.

59. Simona unregistered

so why then those all features are there for ? that means all phone's features are useless when off.. I HATE when kids here talking sht ,crap like ; aah that phone is crap has no that feature but this has.. and ending up not even using that feature or they leave it turned off. phhaathetic! we can then go back to sony ericsson or nokia 3310 no features great batt life then.. jeezz man come oon

6. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I really don't understand why people are so upset about the S6 battery life. I have S6 Edge and it is always around 45% before I go in bed. I have to mention that I do not play on my phone, but tons of internet surfing.

10. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Yes What i don't understand is that it is claimed that the M9 has poorer battery life than S6 actually, it is the same as S6 (used both) but still it is shocking, because it has a higher battery capacity so yeah battery life is not that poor, S6 and M9 have better battery life than all iPhones

30. maherk

Posts: 6960; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

All while pushing 2x and 4x the pixels found the m9 and the iPhone 6.

7. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Next article : HOW TO TURN ON A GS6

52. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Next article: 5 ways to extend the Sony Xperia Z3 bat... Oh wait, Z3 doesn't need battery optimizations coz it has a great battery life.

54. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

8 hours of SoT everydayy at least( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

64. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

MY Z3 Compact can easily last 2 days with around 9-10 SoT

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