Increase Battery Life of Samsung Galaxy S With 15 Killer Tips

Samsung Galaxy S is one of the most admired Android handset ever released by Samsung. Samsung Galaxy S comes with 4 inch SUPER AMOLED screen and multiple apps. With such a power packed handset it is pretty obvious to encounter battery backup problem. Big screen and apps running in background eats a lot of battery. But you can reduce the draining of battery and increase the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S. Here are few killer tips which you can use to increase the battery life of your handset.

1. Screen Timeout

You must have noticed, whenever your Samsung Galaxy S is left idle, its display is automatically turned off. This is nothing but screen timeout. You can set the screen timeout at minimum level so the screen would never stay active for long once left idle. You can reach to this option just below the brightness option and then set the time of screen turning off in just 15 seconds when it is left idle. Just go to Applications > Settings > Sound and Display > Screen Timeout and change the time according to your convenience.

2. 2G Network Mode

3G phones eat a lot of battery while connecting to 3G networks for web connectivity. When you are not using 3G network, try to use it on 2G network mode. You can do this by pressing menu button > Settings > Wireless and network > Mobile networks and then select option for “Use only 2G networks”.

3. Use Built-in Battery Usage Screen

This is hardly known to casual Android users. There is a built-in Battery Usage Screen which exactly tells what is eating your battery. To access this screen go to Settings > About Phone > Battery use. Now you can easily check out what is killing your Samsung Galaxy S battery.

4. Limit The Brightness

Try to limit the brightness of your Samsung Galaxy S at a lower level. The brightness of Samsung galaxy S comes with automatic setting which decides the brightness of screen as per the surrounding. This settings requires the sensor on which would drain the battery. To change this setting just go to Applications > Settings > Sound and Display > Brightness Setting and then uncheck the option for “Automatic Brightness”. Now you can set the brightness to a lower level to save the battery.

5. Disable Wi-Fi/Enable Airplane Mode

Wi-Fi is considered a far better option than 3G network in terms of battery consumption but it is also a big time battery consumer. If the option of Wi-Fi is enabled your handset will keep on scanning for available Wi-Fi networks every now and then. So it is better to disable Wi-Fi when it is not required. You can do this by enabling Airplane mode. To do this head into Settings > Wireless & Networks > Airplane Mode or you can also toggle the Wi-Fi on or off with the help of widget available in your phone.

6. Disable Bluetooth

Bluetooth is required either at the time of file transfer or while using a wireless headset. Beside this there is no point to have Bluetooth running on all the time. Switching it off will probably save the battery life.

To switch it off go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Bluetooth or you can also use the power widget to disable it.

7. Use Power Widget to Toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS & Screen Brightness

Just like any other Android phone Samsung Galaxy S also includes a built in Power Widget which can be used to toggle the settings on or off for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Screen Brightness. Long press on the background of your screen, choose widgets > select Power Control to add it to the screen. Once added you can easily toggle the on or off options for the mentioned utilities.

8. Disable Constantly Syncing App

There are certain apps which sync on a regular basis to get the updates from internet. One of them is Email application which uses Push technology. You must change its setting to sync manually which is the best option but if you want it to sync automatically then set it to sync less frequently.

To do this, open Email application and go to your email account. Choose Account Settings > Email check frequency. Change its option to something more like an hour or never. You can always refresh manually whenever you wish to read your mails.

Well this one was for email but you can do the same for other accounts like Twitter which is updated almost more frequently and is in fact less important. Just go to Settings > Background Updates > Update Interval and set it accordingly.

For Facebook also same settings can be done. You just need to go to settings from the main Facebook screen and there select Refresh interval from the menu. Set the time as per your requirement.

9. Disable GPS Location Features

As we all know, the apps which sync constantly suck battery a lot. GPS is one of those apps which top the list. When it is used for navigation battery of Samsung Galaxy S dies very fast. There are many applications which use GPS. To prevent such situation of drained battery due to GPS, change the GPS to use wireless networks and uncheck the option “Use GPS satellites”. This setting makes GPS a little less accurate which may become a problem but it helps in saving battery.

10. Use Task Manager

Using a task manager is one of the wisest options. You can use Advanced Task Cleaner or any other similar app to kill applications which are not required. Also you can monitor which application is launching itself repeatedly and hence you can setup an auto kill list for such applications. The function becomes more helpful when you configure advanced task manager to show CPU usage by every single app.

11. Disable/Remove Unused Apps

If an application can be disabled from being used in background, then it is fine otherwise you should remove it. Apps which drain battery most and hardly used must be removed. This can be done from Android battery panel or task manager. Just go to Settings > Applications > Manage Application and then click uninstall button to remove that specific app.

12. Disable Unused Screen Widgets

Some widgets also pull a lot of data from the web. Pulling of data every time even when it is not required hamper the performance of battery. That’s why such widgets which are hardly needed must be removed.

13. Power Saving Mode

Power Saving mode comes by default in Samsung Galaxy S phone. When activated, it automatically starts saving battery by functioning in proper way. To activate the power saving mode you must go to Applications > Settings > Sound and Display and then select “Power Saving Mode”. Once activated it will analyze the images and adjust LCD brightness to save battery.

14. Disable Live Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S was launched with beautiful live wallpaper. Live wallpaper looks really good but consumes battery also. So get rid of live wallpapers. It will surely help you in saving a small extra battery.

15. Use JuiceDefender

If all of the above options are looking like a big task then you can simply use JuiceDefender. JuiceDefender is a multipurpose application and the best in its class. It helps in saving battery of Android phones. In one of our earlier post we mentioned all its utility and how JuiceDefender helps in increasing battery life of Android devices.

We hope all these tips help you in increasing battery life of Samsung Galaxy S. These tips are although applicable on all Android phones. If you have any other tips then share with us.

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Rockin Satyesh is founder and editor-in-chief of iTechMag. He prides himself in testing web & mobile apps. Satyesh is into web research and strategy development from past 5 years. He can be found on Facebook, Google and microblogs on Twitter as @rockinfuture


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

SATISH S VALIV June 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Verry verry nice tips for battery saving, thanx.

Eric July 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

After doing all that, Why don’t I just go back to my old phone.

Craig Jager July 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

In step 2 on turning off 3G mode… the steps mentioned do not match up with my phone’s display. There is no option for “use only 2G networks” in the mobile networks screen of my phone. I’m using a Galaxy S Vibrant, I9000.

Terry August 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Man, what a huge help!!! Precise, detailed, and thorough…written so an old crow like me can understand and apply. Thx!!!

kevin August 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

this is mostly great, except for the part where you say to turn off wifi you have to turn on airplane mode. Yeah, it will turn off wifi, and every other possible wireless connection, making the phone stop functioning as a phone… just turn off wifi, leave the “mobile phone” on.

clance911 August 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm

airplane mode? really?! lol
well if u plan to have all that “off”, why did u bought a smartphone in the first place?

AMIT GAUTAM September 2, 2011 at 7:05 am

sometimes ago i had seen my mobile in which all status of my mobile as like
Quick Info
1.battery status
2. bright ness
and etc

Severina September 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

HI! I have a Samsung Galaxy S and the battery is (maybe) bad. I only use the phone for calling, music and wifi sor some min. And the battery goes directly down. What should I do?
Maybe buy a new battery??? Please help!

smrethe September 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

excellent tips….. very very useful

Evan September 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Even though I set the screen timeout as short as possible, when I get a text my screen stays on forever, draining the battery. Even worse, when my battery gets low, a message comes up saying to charge the phone, which again turns on the screen and drains the battery. Is there a way to turn these off?

VitorH October 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm

As Eric said, “I am going back to my old phone.” In my case an IPhone 3GS which I did not have to turn off most of that stuff and the battery was not drained in such a short time as Galaxy.

clance911 has a point too:

“well if u plan to have all that “off”, why did u bought a smartphone in the first place?”

Rajdeep Singh December 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm

This is the problem with all brands of android phones. All android forums tell us to do this and that thereby literally crippling the phone. If this is so, then why should one invest on an android phone. Our conventional phones of yesteryears were better.

jeremy January 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

using any type of advanced task killer or cleaner will actually make your battery life worse… it’s already proven………

fouzia January 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

thanks thats realyy helping me alot
but still my new galaxy s plus bettery going down very fast i m not using any network and songs and all that just piking up phone calls and dial.
so, what next i have to do?

Purnima February 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

Thanks for the SII is 3 days old, and without calls..been using the 3rd pointer, rest all is new and very informative..wish they cd invent some long lasting sturdy battery so that all the apps cd b used wtout worrying over battery life!

Suds March 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

..Why can’t someone just invent a battery that supports this technology for god’s sake….and such that we won’t have to charge for a few days…..that is the proper solution.

Agyeman October 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

My phone display and brightness ‘only’ consume my battery.

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