With a huge capacity 2800mAh lithium ion battery powering the new Samsung Galaxy S5 (S4 had a 2600mAh battery), it’s easy to get a full day’s use out-of-the-box without doing any device settings tweaks at all. This is superb. Google’s KitKat OS update also plays major role in the S5’s increased endurance. As most of you know, I use a lot of social media on a day-to-day basis which means a lot of background data updates via mobile data and wireless – most smartphones are dead in a few hours. With the Galaxy S5 I’ve been able to get a day and a half consistently. Huge difference compared to the S4 where I was only able to get 8-9 hours max. I’ve written this post to help you get even more hours out of the S5 battery by doing some minor tweaks.
Samsung’s new Ultra Saving Power Mode!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a special battery saving function called the “Ultra Saving Power” mode which enables the S5 to last for more than 10 days. Yes, 10 days! Bear in mind, that the number of smartphone functions are reduced significantly to just phone, messages and internet browsing. This is perfect for emergency situations when you know you’re not going to have access to a power outlet for a while.
However, for daily battery saving tips, I’ve put together a list of 7 that you can use that will enable you to use most of your functions on your S5 while giving you more uptime than you’ve probably had on any other smartphone. With the seven simple tips below you should be able to get one day and a half to two days worth of S5 usage before having to do a full charge.
Daily Samsung Galaxy S5 Battery Tips:
- Check what’s draining your battery: Drag from top down to get top shortcut menu > Tap Settings Icon > Battery
- Enable battery % display: Drag from top down to get top shortcut menu > Tap Settings Icon > Battery > Tick Display battery percentage
- Reduce screen brightness: Drag from top down to get top shortcut menu > Tap Settings Icon > Display > Brightness > Untick Automatic brightness > Slide to lower Brightness level
- Reduce screen timeout: Drag from top down to get top shortcut menu > Tap Settings Icon > Display > Screen timeout > Change to 15 seconds
- Turn off location service : Drag from top down to get top shortcut menu > Tap Location to disable
- Turn off bluetooth: Drag from top down to get top shortcut menu > Tap Bluetooth to disable
- Close running apps: Tap multi-app button on the left of the Home buttom to show running apps > swipe to the left to close
Emergency Samsung Galaxy S5 Battery Tip:
- Enable Ultra Power Saving: Access top shortcut menu > Tap U.power saving to enable Ultra power saving mode. The S5 can last for more than 10 days but use of limited apps.
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