How To Extend Battery Life In Samsung Galaxy Phone

Learn 15 Basic Tips That Will Help You To Save Battery Life of Your Samsung Galaxy Phone And Improve Battery Backup!

After doing some research online, we have found that there are many Samsung Galaxy phone users out there complaining about that their phone’s battery is draining very fast.

So, in this article we have decided to provide some basic tips that you can follow to save battery life and at the same time you can improve the battery backup and extend the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Let’s start with real user practical scenario!

Practical Scenario: A User Experiencing A Poor Battery Life On Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

S9+ Poor Battery Life

Got my S9+ today and I can watch the percentage battery life drop as I setup the phone spent maybe half an hour on it in total and it was down to 80% and thats with bluetue turned off.   Just having the always on display on is enough to drop it a few percent over an hour.   Given the rate of drop can’t see it lasting more than half a day on normal usage not sure you would get an hour if you did something really intensive such as watching a video.

Anyone else experiencing such a poor battery performance?

Source: Samsung Community

Just like above practical scenario, there are several users out their encountering with similar Samsung phone battery life problems.

So now the question is – How do you save battery on Samsung Galaxy phone?

Well, the tips to increase battery life of Samsung Galaxy are mentioned-below. Simply follow them and you will definitely notice the improvement in the battery backup.

Also Read: Back Up or Restore Data On Your Samsung Galaxy Note 9

How To Increase Battery Life In Samsung Galaxy Phones

Note: These tips applies to all Samsung Galaxy phones such as Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy J Series/A Series, Samsung Galaxy On Series, Samsung Galaxy Note 9/8/7/6 and all other Samsung Galaxy phones available in market.

The tips and tricks that we are sharing are common but following these common things will efficiently help you to increase/extend/save battery life of Samsung Galaxy Phones.

Important Note: The settings may differ from phone to phone so it is suggested that you must find the settings as per your Samsung Galaxy phones.

So, here we go!

Tip No. 1: Adjust Screen Brightness Level Manually

This is a simple common sense. The more light your screen is emerging out, the more energy your phone is using. Let me tell you that Samsung Galaxy feature comes with Auto Brightness feature that automatically filter screen brightness and adjust itself in day light and low light, but this consumes more battery power.

Hence it is suggested that you must adjust your screen brightness manually and disable Auto Brightness feature.

Here how to adjust brightness-level:

  • Go to Settings > Brightness.
  • Here you can disable Auto brightness and adjust it manually.
  • Set the brightness level in the middle or toggle it bit closer to minimum but still bright enough to read.

Samsung Galaxy Adjust Brightness Level

Alternatively, you can also adjust brightness level by simply pulling down the notification bar and adjust the slider as per your requirement.

Tip No. 2: Turn ON Power Saving Mode

Turning ON power saving mode will really help you to enhance and extend battery backup of your Galaxy phone.

Battery Saving Mode will optimize the screen resolution, brightness, CPU speed, network usage and stop background process, thereby you will experience the increase in battery backup.

Here how to turn ON battery saving mode:

  • Go to Quick Settings menu.
  • Tap the power saving icon.
  • Here you can select from certain presets or you can manually set how violently you want power saving to be by tweaking individual settings.

Samsung Galaxy Turn ON Power Saving Mode

Also Read: Tips To Increase Battery Life of Xiaomi Phones – Improve Battery Backup In MIUI

Tip No. 3: Turn OFF The “Always ON” Display

Even though, some of the Samsung Galaxy AMOLED screen is very efficient and does not consume power when displaying black pixels, however the phone’s “Always ON” display still consume a little bit of battery power.

Turning OFF the “Always ON” display will surely help you to save an extra few percent of battery overnight.

Here how to Turn OFF “Always ON” display:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on ‘Lock Screen and Security’.
  • Toggle OFF the Always On Display feature.

Samsung Galaxy Turn On Always On Display

Tip No. 4: Decrease The Display Resolution

Most of the Galaxy phone such as Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus display resolution is set to 2220 x 1080, but it can be set to higher screen resolution that is 2960 x 1440. Though setting the screen resolution to higher looks good, but at the same time it also consumes more power from the processor to evaluate each and every additional pixel.

So, if you are more power conscious, then you must really set the screen resolution to minimum and it can help you to save an extra battery life.

Here how to lower screen resolution:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Display.
  • Select ‘Screen resolution’.
  • Toggle it to way down to 1480 x 720.

Samsung Galaxy Lower Screen Resolution

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Tip No. 5: Turn OFF Bluetooth and NFC When Not Required

Though keeping Bluetooth and NFC ON does not consume huge power, but there is no sense to keep them ON and waste any bit power.

Therefore, it is suggested that you must Turn OFF Bluetooth and NFC when not needed.

Here how to turn off Bluetooth and NFC:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Connections.
  • Then toggle off Bluetooth and NFC feature.

Samsung Galaxy Turn Off Bluetooth and NFC

Tip No. 6: Decrease Screen Timeout

If you really want to save every little power on your Samsung phone, then you must decrease the screen timeout. This is absolutely a common sense – when you are not actively using your phone, then it is better to keep the screen off.

Here how to decrease the screen timeout:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Display.
  • Select Screen timeout.
  • Set screen timeout to 15 sec or 30 sec.

Samsung Galaxy Decrease Screen Timeout

Tip No. 7: Turn Vibration and Sound OFF

Turning OFF sound and vibration is another basic thing that will help you to save battery on Samsung phone. After all, it consumes power to pump out sounds and trigger vibration motor every time when you type anything on your phone or when you get a notification.

So, try to disable sound and vibration on your phone.

Here follow how to turn OFF sound and vibration:

  • Slide down the notification bar from to bottom or open the quick setting Menu.
  • Tap on small ‘speaker icon’ (a.k.a mute).

Samsung Galaxy Turn Off Vibration and Sound

If you want to listen to music or watch movies, then simply plug-in headphones, as they consume less power instead using the phone’s in-built speaker.

Also Read: How To Recover Deleted Photos From Samsung Galaxy Phone?

Tip No. 8: Turn OFF Mobile Data/Wi-Fi When Not Needed

Turn OFF Mobile data and Wi-Fi when you don’t need it. Keeping mobile data and Wi-fi ON all the time actually takes lot of battery power.

Therefore, it is recommended that you must Turn OFF Mobile Data and Wi-Fi when not needed.

Here follow how to turn OFF mobile data:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Data Usage.
  • Toggle Mobile Data slider to turn it ON or OFF.

Here follow how to turn OFF Wi-Fi:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on Connections.
  • Tap Wi-Fi.
  • Toggle Wi-Fi switch to turn it ON or OFF.

Tip No. 9: Turn OFF GPS/Location

Turn OFF GPS or disable location when not required. Keeping GPS turned ON all the time will definitely drain your phone battery power very quickly as it will pull down information from nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi spots.

So, turning GPS/Location completely off will really help you to save even more power.

Here follow how to turn off GPS:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap on option that says ‘Location’.
  • Next tap on ‘Locating Method’.
  • Finally, select the option ‘Battery Savings’.

Samsung Galaxy Disable GPS or Location

Also Read: Top 4 Ways To Backup and Restore Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+

Tip No. 10: Put Apps To Go To Sleep

Many apps are never truly closed, they still run in the background, sending the occasional notification or transmitting the data. But, if you put apps to sleep, then you can save and extend battery life on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Here follow how to force apps to go to sleep:

  • Long press on the app’s icon.
  • This will display few options.
  • Simply select the option that says ‘Sleep’.

Samsung Galaxy Put Apps To Go To Sleep

Note: Obviously this tip will not work for every app, probably the apps that are important such as Google Play Store, Contacts and so on.

Tip No. 11: Avoid Phone’s Screen From Turning ON Accidentally

This is actually less active and more of precaution tip. Sometimes it happens that our phone’s screen left ON accidentally all the time when we keep it in our pocket, purse or bag.

But you can stop Samsung Galaxy phone’s screen from turning ON accidentally and save battery by making sure that you don’t inadvertently turn the screen ON while you are not using your phone to only find out later that it’s lost a big chunk of battery power.

So, it is advised that you must stop phone’s screen from turning on accidentally.

Here follow how to enable this feature:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap on ‘Display’.
  • Scroll down and select the option that says “Keep screen turned off”.
  • Toggle the switch to ON position.

Samsung Galaxy Keep Screen Turned Off

Also Read: How to Remove or Bypass Samsung Screen Locks – [PIN, Pattern, Password or Fingerprints]

Tip No. 12: Optimize Your Samsung Galaxy Phone

Most of the Samsung Galaxy phone has excellent app that is “Device Maintenance” app. With the help of this app you can optimize your phone such as it can close down unused apps, clear caches, free up memory space, etc and ensure that your phone running as efficiently as possible. The less power you waste on services that you don’t need, the more battery power you will have that will last longer.

Here follow, how to optimize Samsung Galaxy phone:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap ‘Device maintenance’.
  • Click on ‘Optimize Now’ button.

Samsung Galaxy Device Maintenance

Tip No. 13: Turn ON Airplane Mode In Weak/Low Signal Areas

Honestly speaking, you may not believe it, but when you have weak/low cellular service, your phone start to use more power trying to find a cell signal. In such situation, if you can, you must put your phone in Airplane mode.

This will stop your phone in constantly trying to search cell signal or network and thereby will save battery power on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

Here follow how to turn ON Airplane mode:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap ‘Connections’.
  • Toggle the Airplane mode switch to the ON position.

Samsung Galaxy Turn On Airplane Mode

Alternatively, you can simply slide the notification bar from top to bottom and tap on Airplane mode to enable it.

Also Read: Transfer/Backup/Copy Contacts From Samsung Phone To PC

Tip No. 14: Keep Your Phone OS and Apps Up-To-Date

It is highly recommended that you must keep your phone operating system as well as its apps updated. Updated firmware and apps keep your device running in good condition as it helps to fix bug issues, add new features and improve overall performances.

Keeping your Samsung phones updated with latest Android OS version will help you to give more battery backup and beside that you can also enjoy the new features and improvements.

Here follow how to update OS on Samsung Galaxy:

  • Go to Settings > About device > Software update > Update now.

Tip No. 15: Other Small Tips But Very Effective To Save Battery Power In Any Samsung Galaxy Phone

  • Uninstall unwanted or unused apps.
  • Turn OFF vibration or tones on button press.
  • Turn OFF notifications of those apps that you use very rarely.
  • Clean cache and RAM.
  • Don’t use phone while charging. It would be better if you charge it in Airplane mode or by switching the device off.
  • Always use original charger and data cable that comes with the phone.
  • If you are using your phone for continuous chat, then put your phone in silent mode.
  • Frequently synchronize data on your Samsung phone. Check sync settings on your apps and email settings, and make sure that they only sync as often as you want them to.

Also Read: Recover Deleted/Lost Photos From Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

Bonus Tip: Samsung Galaxy Battery Charging Tips

This is the last tip, but very effective!

Battery Charging Tips

For anyone those who do not know, we would like to share some knowledge on how to increase battery cycle counts.

What is a cycle count?

A cycle count is charging your battery from 0% or near zero to 100%.

On an average most lithium battery with a few rare exception, have approximately about 350 – 500 cycle counts. It means that if you charge your phone from 0 to 100 percent then after 500 times your battery will not provide you the same battery backup and it may just hold only 70-80% or less as you were getting at the beginning.

In some worst cases, if your battery has only 350 life cycle counts and you charge your device 1 time/day, then after 1 year you will experience that your phone’s battery backup has decreased significantly.

So, now the question arises that how to increase the life-cycle of lithium batteries?

Well, there are 3 ways through which you can increase the life cycle counts of your battery:

  1. Charge you phone with slow charger. The slower your phone gets charged the more gentle it is on your battery. Today, we can find fast charger that has the capability to charge phone battery in just few minutes. So, it is suggested that you must avoid such fast charger.
  2. Never let your phone battery down to 0%. You should plug in charger around 5-10%.
  3. Very important: NEVER charge your phone till 100%. If you have started charging your phone at 5% then charge it till 85-90%, only then you can expect your lithium battery life cycle to count to 1000 cycle counts. And if you charge it till 75-80%, then you can increase life cycle up to 2000 cycle counts.

Wrap Up

So, these are the basic tips and tricks that you must follow to increase/extend battery life or improve battery backup of your Samsung Galaxy phone.

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