There’s no doubt about it, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has one of the best battery life performances out of all the current high-end smartphones currently on the market. The combination of quadcore processor, super AMOLED Pentile display and 2100mAh lithium ion battery means users are now able to squeeze out approximately 12-14 hours of consistent usage per charge. I do. While this may seem amazing given the days of 9 hours of battery time on the iPhone, there’s always room for further improvement which is why I’ve written this post that gives 24 battery saving tips for the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Before I share these 24 tips, please bear in mind that I’m not telling you to implement all the battery saving actions at once. Rather, I’m recommending you implement many of the steps that disable functions that you don’t or never use anyway. Out of the box the Samsung Galaxy S III has great battery life, but this will further help you get the most out of the device.
Here’s my list of 24 Battery Saving Tips for the Samsung Galaxy S3:
- Understand what’s draining your battery > Settings > Battery
- Turn on Power saving – Settings > Power saving > Slide-on to enable
- Dim the display – either by ensuring that auto-brightness is on or moving slider down
- Reduce screen-timeout interval – Settings > Display > Choose 15 seconds
- Disable Smart stay – Settings > Display > Untick Smart stay
- Reduce duration of Touch key light – Settings > Display > Choose 1.5 seconds
- Auto adjust screen power – Settings > Display > Tick the Auto adjust screen power option
- Display battery percentage – Settings > Display > Tick the Display battery percentage
- Don’t use Live wallpaper – Settings > Display > Wallpaper
- Turn off LED indicators – Settings > LED indicator > Untick all options
- Stop Running Apps – Settings > Application Manager > Choose App > Stop
- Stop Accounts synchronisation – Settings > Accounts and sync > Slide-off option
- Turn off Location services – Settings > Location Services > Untick options
- Turn off WiFi – Settings > Slide-off WiFi Option
- Turn off Bluetooth – Settings > Slide-off Bluetooth Option
- Turn off Mobile Data – Settings > Data usage > Slide-off Mobile data
- Turn off Tethering and portable hotspot – Settings > More settings > Tethering and portable hotspot
- Turn off NFC – Settings > More settings > Untick NFC option
- Turn off S Beam – Settings > More settings > S Beam
- Turn off Wi-Fi Direct – Settings > More settings > Wi-Fi Direct
- Put the phone in silent mode – Settings > Sound > Silent mode on
- Decrease the volume – Settings > Sound > Volume or simply use Volume controls
- Reduce vibration intensity – Settings > Sound > Vibration intensity
- Turn off Keytones, Touch sounds and Haptic feedback – Settings > Sound > System > Untick options
One of the great things about Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) is that you can access major functions by the quick Settings menu which is made visible by a quick downward swipe.
Options that can be enabled / disabled quickly top-short-cut Settings menu:
- Screen rotation
- Power saving
- Mobile Data
- Driving Mode
On the Power Saving Option – Quick Battery Extender
Samsung has implemented a Power Saving Option in settings which allows users to quickly adjust four areas of the advice for increased battery efficiency, with on quick slide:
- CPU power saving: limits max performance
- Screen power saving: use lower power level for screen
- Background color: changes background color to save power in email and internet
- Turn off haptic feedback: turns off vibration
There’s also a whole swag of third party apps that can help with battery times too, but this post only focuses on what’s readily available on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Settings.
I hope this was useful and you get many more hours of battery time out of your Samsung Galaxy S3. Please share with friends and family who also own the device and make sure you leave a comment below if you find more!
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