Simple Ways To Improve The Galaxy S5’s Battery Life

December 23, 2014

SM-G800H_GS5-mini_Black_11It’s downright frustrating when you’re forced to keep your Galaxy S5 plugged into a nearby wall outlet due to poor battery life. Samsung touts its flagship smartphone as being one of the most energy-efficient mobile devices on the market. But like all smartphones, its battery performance is largely dependent on its settings/preferences, apps, and overall usage. So, how can you improve the battery life of your Galaxy S5?

Ultra Powering Saving Mode

Samsung introduced a new battery-saving feature in the Galaxy S5, dubbed Ultra-Powering Saving Mode. Some users assume this feature is enabled by default, but unfortunately this isn’t the case. You must manually enable it by accessing the quick settings drawer and tapping the “Ultra-Powering Saving Mode” option. Once enabled, you should notice a world of difference in your device’s battery life. Some websites claim that a Galaxy S5 in Ultra-Power Saving Mode can run for 24 hours on just 10% charge. Of course, not everyone will experience the same results, so don’t expect to achieve a full day’s worth of power on just 10% battery.

Location Settings

It’s no secret that location-based services consume an excessive amount of power on smartphones, and the Galaxy S5 is no exception. As long as you don’t need/want them, go ahead and disable them. There are a few different ways to disable the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) on your Galaxy S5, one of which is through Settings > Location > Mode > Power Saving.  Not to be confused with the Ultra-Power Saving Mode, this feature tells the Galaxy S5 to determine the user’s location based on WiFi instead of GPS.

Turn Down The Brightness

Conventional wisdom should tell you that running the Galaxy S5 with a bright display will consume more energy. Conversely, running your device with a lower-lit display will prolong its battery life. If you haven’t done so already, lower the brightness on your Galaxy S5 by accessing the notifications drawer and unchecking the box for auto brightness. Feel free to play around with different brightness settings to find out what works and what doesn’t. Ideally, you want your Galaxy S5 to have a display that’s bright enough for you to clearly see it, but at the same time you don’t want it overly bright.

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