The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a nice phone, but the huge screen and 4G LTE connectivity can quickly drain battery life. We’ll show you a few quick tips and tricks to get better Galaxy S4 battery life.
Samsung designed the Galaxy S4 so that users can replace the battery, but so far there are no extended Samsung Galaxy S4 batteries and spare batteries are hard to come by.
With a few small changes in how you use the Samsung Galaxy S4 it will be easier to last a full day without sacrificing much in terms of performance and usability.
Thanks to Samsung’s Touchwiz skin on top of Android, most of these battery saving tips are accessible from the Notification pull down, with no need to dive into the settings.
While it’s tough to find a Galaxy S4 extended battery, users can quickly top up with a USB cable and the ZAGGsparq 2.0, a small portable battery with two charges worth of power.
Turn on Power Saving Mode
The easiest way to get better Galaxy S4 battery life is to turn on the built-in Power Saving mode. Samsung makes turning this on easy thanks to a toggle in the notification area.
Tapping once will toggle Power saving mode on and holding will open the menu for the Power saving options. From here users can pick and choose which power saving features to enable and disable. When you really need to save power its a good idea to leave these all on. The changes they make add up to better battery life and don’t impact usability.
Turn Off the Extra Features
The next best way to get batter Galaxy S4 battery life is to turn off all the extra Galaxy S4 features like Air View etc. These features are great for showing off what the Galaxy S4 can do or for productivity, but when you need more battery life it’s not the ideal time to run two apps next to each-other or use eye-tracking technology.
Rather than turn all of these off in the settings menu, pull down the notification bar with two fingers to see a full screen of the settings to toggle. From here tap and turn off the following features,
- Air view
- Multi window
- Air gesture
- Smart stay
- Smart scroll
When you have a full charge, go ahead and reverse this to quickly turn them on. Quick and effective.
Screen Auto Brightness
The Samsung Galaxy S4′s large HD display is often the biggest battery life user. Turning on Auto Brightness, combined with the changes made in Power saving mode, will deliver better battery life.
Pull down the notification menu and make sure Auto is tapped in the screen brightness menu. If you really need to control battery life, you can turn it off and dial the brightness down, but this can make using the Galaxy S4 outdoors very difficult.
Another tip is to use a black or dark Wallpaper and to avoid Live wallpapers. The Live wallpaper uses more power than a static image and the black backgrounds don’t use as much power from the Samsung Galaxy S4′s Super AMOLED display.
Turn Off Bluetooth & WiFi & More
After hitting the big fish, we recommend turning off WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use to help conserve battery life. The savings here will be minimal, so if you use Bluetooth in your car or rely on WiFi for better location services you may want to skip this step.
Again, it’s possible to toggle most of these settings right from the Galaxy S4 notification screen, which is very handy. Here are some items that may use more battery life.
- S Beam
Turning these off will limit some functionality so if you use them often it may be worth leaving them on.
Limit Widgets on Home Screen
All those widgets are nice for seeing constantly updated Facebook, Twitter and other updates, but they also contribute to faster battery drain.
When possible limit widget usage and look for settings that limit how often the widget is getting new information. If the widget is just using the same update cycle as your twitter app, the app is the source of power draw rather than the widget, so keep that in mind as you look at these more granular Galaxy S4 battery life settings.
Go to Settings -> More-> Battery to see which apps are using the most battery life. This can identify the biggest offenders quickly.
If these better Galaxy S4 battery life tips fail to fix the problem it may be worth reseting the device. This gives you a fresh start and if you choose not to set up from a backup you get a clean slate. This is a last resort, but sometimes needed.