How To Extend The Battery Life of Your Galaxy S5

August 12, 2014


Looking to get a little more use out of your Galaxy S5’s battery? Samsung’s flagship smartphone will reportedly offer 21 hours of “talk time” on a single charge, but when you have half a dozen or more processes running in the background, it rarely reaches this amount. The good news is that you can significantly extend the Galaxy S5’s battery life by making a few simple changes to your device.

Lower The Brightness

Bold, brightly colored display screens are pleasing to the eyes, but they can drain your device’s battery. To reduce the brightness on your Galaxy S5, access the notifications bar and uncheck the box next to auto brightness. Next, slide the brightness bar down to a lower setting.

Disable GPS

Arguably, one of the biggest battery-draining functions on smartphones, including the Galaxy S5, is GPS. Don’t get me wrong, GPS is great when you need road directions or when you’re lost in the woods, but leaving this feature on any other time is a huge waste of energy. To disable it, tap Settings > Location > and move the switch at the top of the screen to the off position.

Disable WiFi

Of course, disabling the WiFi on your Galaxy S5 will also extend its battery life. Some users have reported WiFi draining as much as 20-30% of their battery. Assuming you have a reliable network connection  with your cell carrier, there’s really no point in connecting to the WiFi. To disable it, tap Settings > WiFi > and tap the switch to the off position.

Enable Ultra Power Saving

It’s called ultra power saving mode for a reason. Samsung introduced this feature in the Galaxy S5, and it’s turning out to be a lifesaver for people who struggle to keep their smartphones charged. To enable ultra power saving mode, tap Settings > Power Saving > and choose ultra power saving mode.

Install an Extended Battery Case

Lastly, you can get more use out of your Galaxy S5 by installing an extended battery case. We blogged about the ZeroLemon extended battery case a while back. With a built-in extended battery, it allows users to get more juice out of a single charge. Of course, there are several other alternatives on the market as well, so don’t feel restricted to using the ZeroLemon case.

Have any other battery saving tips or tricks? We’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

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