Battery-saving tips for your new Samsung.
Last updated: 15 February 2016
Techies agree that Samsung’s smartphones are among the best on the market, with the S6 and the S6 edge being two of the most popular handsets of 2015. And Samsung have just unveiled the S7 and the S7 edge, making iti clear that it is constantly improving its mobile offering. The features just get better and better with every new handset.
Samsung Galaxy S6 battery.
The battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S6 has been reviewed extensively, and it’s well known that it lasts longer than that of the S5. If you’ve got an S6 make sure you make the most of one of the two power-saving modes (standard or ultra), a new feature for the Galaxy series.
Samsung S6 - fast or wireless charging.
Not only is the S6 battery more efficient, it also charges a lot faster than many of the S6’s competitors (you can get up to 35% with the regular charger in just 10 minutes). The Galaxy S6 also has in-built wireless charging and you can buy wireless chargers for your S6 to make battery worries a thing of the past.
So if you’ve got one of the latest all-singing, all-dancing Samsung phones, it makes sense to learn some tricks to preserve the battery life. Just in case you’re caught out and about waiting for that all important call, without a charger and with only 5% of juice.
Here are a few simple tips to help prolong your Samsung battery:
- 1. Turn on ‘Power Saving’.
This simple trick may make your Samsung run a little slower, but if you’ve got some time when you’re simply waiting for a call or sending a few texts, there’s no need to worry about processing speeds. Just swipe down from the top of the home screen to bring up your notification area and in the top right you’ll see a little battery icon for Power Saving mode. It may not be ideal but this is great if you’re far away from a charger and you need to save some power.
- 2. Put it in airplane mode.
When you’re in airplane mode your device will stop communicating with mobile networks, so you won’t be able to send or receive calls and texts or use mobile data. Your phone will also stop scanning for nearby Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth won’t work, and all GPS services won’t work. Although Samsung do say that connecting through Wi-Fi is a little gentler on your battery, it’s the constant scanning that’s a real drain. Obviously it’s a little extreme to have everything turned off, but if you’re looking to save power this is a quick win. Just go to settings to switch airplane mode on.
- 3. Reduce the screen brightness.
Most of the latest Samsung smartphones have large screens and the brightness of your screen will affect how much battery it’s using. Keeping that big beautiful curved screen lit up on the S6 edge takes a lot of fuel, so try using the brightness slider in the notifications area to adjust it. It’s probably the easiest way to save some juice, without losing phone functionality. You can also use the auto-adjust option which will automatically adjust the brightness of the screen based on light conditions. Genius.
- 4. Turn off GPS Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
You can turn these two off without losing the call and text functionality. So if you’re waiting for a call or catching up on some texts, but don’t need many of your phone’s other features, this is a good option. Again, you can do this in the notification panel – but don’t forget to turn them back on when you need to.
- 5. Download the Power Control widget.
For all Samsung phones that run on Android version 1.6 or later, you can download a handy Power Control widget by going to Menu, Add, Widgets, Power control. This nifty feature gives you quick control buttons to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, ‘push’ notifications, and screen brightness, so you can control your settings and turn them off to save battery power.
- 6. Restrict background data.
Loads of the apps on your phone will run in the background when you’re doing other things. Apps like Facebook are always alerting you and looking for updates; which can use up a lot of your Samsung battery power. Similarly, switching off email syncing will squeeze a little more time out of your device and you can always sync manually when you need to. If battery saving is what you’re after, make sure you go into your settings and look for data usage; then simply choose the option to restrict background data. This way your phone won’t always be working in ways you don’t need it to.
- 7. Turn off vibrate.
This may be a useful little feature, but the vibrate function actually uses up more battery life than you’d think (and it’s something you can probably live without). On some of the latest Android phones, all you need to do is press the volume down button until your phone goes into vibrate, and then press it once more to turn it off.
If you’ve tried all our tips above and you’re not sure what else you can do to save battery power, there’s an easy way to find out… Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery usage and you’ll be able to see which apps are zapping your battery. You can then decide whether to lose them, replace them, or try to reduce how much power they use by turning off notifications. Simple.