How to manage the built-in app optimization feature in Samsung's TouchWiz


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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33 Comments

1. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

My Note 5 settings look nothing like that.

8. Rigbaby

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Material Dark Theme

17. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

It's not a Theme setting. My Note 5 battery settings look nothing like the second picture too.

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

My S5 settings looks like that but without the theme

24. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Same here. VZW version does not have smart manger built in, nor a task manager. This is why this feature is missing on ours.

28. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

I was kinda guessing it was VZW disabling yet another feature. You piss me off, Verizon!

25. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Update your firmware. You will get that new settings page :)

18. Yousefjaber

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Check the smart maneger

2. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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.'

3. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

This is one of the many tweaks other players (includes Google) should learn from Samsung.

4. firaristt1

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2015

What's the name of theme?

7. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

That should Material Dark Theme

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The recent Note 4 5.1.1 revision FWs also have this.

21. viper7916

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

I've noticed the improved battery life on my note 4 since the 5.1.1 update and even more for an update i got few days ago.

22. viper7916

Posts: 25; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Damn my post got put up twice.

6. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

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!

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

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.

14. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

The S6 battery was okay at first then it was pretty bad for a while. I sold it a few weeks ago. maybe this optimization fixed things but I have the Note 5 now, so dunno

26. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

True I thought I was the only one suffering from this. (S6 User) SOT used to like 5-6 hours easily. Now it hardly goes past 3 hours... What's the SOT your getting?

32. TyrionLannister unregistered

I'm getting about 4 hours. Earlier I easily got 6-7 hours.

9. barcas

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This is not on my S6 Edge, either going through the battery in settings or the smart manager app i do not have the optimization option :(

11. zakijesk

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

helpful

12. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

But how to add more apps for optimisation, cause it seems that they're just the ones who came by default n you can't add any other apps, is there any way to add more apps for optimisation.

13. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

And by the way with or without optimisation still the battery of my GS6 not that good I thought it would be better

15. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

My S6 Edge + was terrible when I first got it, but then the Samsung software update came through and it's an absolute beast now. I couldn't be happier!!

16. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Mind you the Huawei Mate 8 is a very appealing alternative!!

20. ronjr123

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Maybe in the US this feature is carrier dependent? I don't have this option on my Verizon note 5.

23. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Neither do I.

27. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1357; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Not on my AT&T S6 Edge. Must be only the T-mobile variant that has this optimization feature?

29. Shocky unregistered

Battery life on the S6 varied a lot depending on background apps, 2-4 hours. With this you get 4-5 hours SoT, yes it works.

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