How to manage the built-in app optimization feature in Samsung's TouchWiz
posted by Peter K. / Dec 01, 2015, 3:30 AM
We simply love the slew of improvements and under-the-hood optimizations that Samsung has thrown into the latest version of its TouchWiz. Found on the Sammy's 2015 crop of high-end devices (the Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, S6 edge, and the Galaxy S6 flagship), the new rendition of the giant's in-house firmware is slimmed-down and faster than ever, but one of our favorite features of it usually keeps a low profile.
Well, you won't keep you in the loop anymore - we are talking about the baked-in app optimization functionality, which acts as a watch dog and optimizes the power usage of most of the apps you have installed on your handset. It does this automatically - after a certain app has not been used for 3, 5, or 7 days, TouchWiz optimizes it and does not allow it to run in the background.
Some of the more tech-savvy users will notice some resemblances between Samsung's solution and Greenify, one of the popular 3rd-party app-optimizing apps, mainly in the overall functionality. Both put the kibosh on battery hoggers and aim to improve your battery life, which is great!
Okay, so how does one manage the app optimization feature on your Samsung device. Check out right below.
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My Note 5 settings look nothing like that.
posted on Dec 01, 2015, 3:37 AM 2
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posted on Dec 01, 2015, 5:41 AM 2
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Finally, this article came. People bashed enough Samsung for not keeping apps in background memory. But with my personal experience with the S6 Edge: 'after certain weeks or days of usage, TW optimize it well so that most used apps are kept in background and others are wiped out.'
posted on Dec 01, 2015, 3:40 AM 5
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The recent Note 4 5.1.1 revision FWs also have this.
posted on Dec 01, 2015, 4:38 AM 0
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I love this software, before on the Note 4 I would end up the day with about 50-40% battery, have in mind I drive a lot and have the GPS, wifi, and bluetooth on for 5 hours straight each day with heavy maps usage. Then the S6 could not make it throught the day. Then I got the note 5 and would end the day with 50%, now I end the day with about 60%-70%! battery left. fkn love it!
posted on Dec 01, 2015, 4:43 AM 0
There is something with the 5.1.1 update of S6 that screws up battery. The s6 should have very similar battery life to note 5. 5.0.2 had incredible battery life.
posted on Dec 01, 2015, 5:46 AM 0
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Maybe in the US this feature is carrier dependent? I don't have this option on my Verizon note 5.
posted on Dec 01, 2015, 8:06 AM 0
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