Did you know you could add more apps to the Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S5?

Did you know you could add more apps to the Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S5?
Samsung’s flagship smartphone for the year, the Galaxy S5, arrived amidst very high expectations, and while it did not have a Quad HD display or the Snapdragon 805 chip many hoped for, it turned out to be a solid performer in almost every regard.

And this year, Samsung did not introduce its usual bunch of small software features (that, quite frankly, are often gimmicky). Instead, it focused more on meaningful features, and one such particularly useful novelty introduced in the Galaxy S5 is the Ultra Power Saving Mode (UPSM). You can enable it anytime to maximize battery life: for instance, if you have just 5% battery juice left, turning UPSM on will have your phone going for a whopping 12 hours.

To achieve this amazing boost in battery life, Samsung used a combination of techniques: it switches off color on the AMOLED display leaving only grayscale, caps the processor to just two cores running at lower frequencies, and kills all but the most essential of apps, leaving you with core functionality like phone, messaging, and a browser.

What if you could add just one or two more apps, though? Sure, this could make UPSM a bit less efficient, but if you need the maximum juice AND that special app, this might be a perfect solution.

Luckily, there is an app that does just that: the S5 UPSM Manager. It’s available for just a dollar on the Google Play Store, but it comes with one caveat - it requires root. That is not a huge showstopper - the new ‘Towelroot’ solution is extremely easy to apply, and you can follow our Samsung Galaxy S5 how-to root guide here. After you root it, just head to the app below, and customize UPSM to your liking.



source: XDA Developers via Android Beat

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  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Did you know that mode is actually one thing I would like to have on my Z2 :P

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

It wouldn't be this effective on Z2 since this mode turns the display into black n white. On a IPS display, to have a black background would just just drain the battery even faster. #TheAmoledAdvantage

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7234; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

To sum it up the Galaxy S5 is the swiss army knife of smart phones.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Yet we see idiotic comments about amoled bashing "burn-in" "pentile" "fake colors". Amoled FTW. +1

15. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I guess they are not idiots because "burn in" "pentile" "fake colors" is the truth of samsung pentile amoled display. When it comes to OLED display RGB OLED and W-OLED is much more better than Pentile OLED.

3. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No Sir, you are wrong.. Stamina mode etc. just turn things off, while s5 makes screen black and white which consumes less power as leds in amoled screen simply turn off while displaying black. Amazing tech isnt it?

9. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Lol... i know how OLED display works and samsung ultra power saving mode is not only "makes screen black and white" but also caps the processor to just two cores running at lower frequencies and limit the apps that can be use. Xperia A2 has 2 power save mode. 1. Stamina Mode basically its turning off some application when you turn off the screen. 2.Emergency power saving mode i'm not sure about this mode but from what i'm understand this mode limit the apps that can be use and leaving you with phone, messaging, browser, email and some other apps. If Emergency power saving mode also using some processor management it will makes the Emergency power saving mode pretty similar with samsung UPSM.

4. FCB-Eto

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Seriously! You do know you could add and remove apps in stamina mode the same way right?Why come and act like only Samsung has this feature is beyond me almost every Oem has this option although everyone's screen doesn't turn black and white.

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Exactly. Everyone's screen doesnt turn b&w, thats the UPSM's biggest feat. and an amoled advantage. Others just turn toggles and sync off.

19. Busyboy unregistered

The HTC One M8 uses nearly the same technique as the S5's UPSM so its quite the contrary when you say "Everyone's screen doesn't turn b&w."

14. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Why they dont add these to tablets too ?? :)

18. gbtech

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

They add this feature on the tab s 10.5 and 8.4 , I hope I've helped you

10. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

will Samsung update the note 3 with new flatter interface ??!!

11. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Which has better standby... S5 or M8?

12. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I don't think Samsung will do that, then nothing will be left to add to the note4

13. Razrman

Posts: 100; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Actually, with the default app you can add up to three more apps as shown in the picture above, it has three more plus signs to add. It has google plus, facebook, twitter, Chat On and a few more basic ones. I guess if you want more specific apps, then you have to get the app the author mentions in his article. I just tested it and it also changes from LTE to HSPA+ on my phone.

16. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

One of the main reason for me buying an S5 will be this feature.

17. Furbal unregistered

All i want is the camera in the ultra mode...

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