The 5 best Galaxy S5 battery tips and tricks

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be in our best Android smartphone battery list, but that doesn't mean its power source can't be optimized. AndroidPIT is here to give you some expert advice on how to make the most of your Galaxy S5 with our list of Galaxy S5 battery tips and tricks. 


1. Enable power-saving mode

The Galaxy S5 power-saving mode is your one stop shop for battery saving as it restricts non-essential functionality in the flip of a switch. You can set it to limit the background data (usually tied up with processes like syncing apps) and even opt for grayscale if things get a little desperate, but it's in the performance restriction section where you'll find the most options.
Of course, the Galaxy S5 has the great Ultra Power Saving Mode, but this is mainly for emergency situations.
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Go to power saving in your settings menu, and you can tap on the "restrict performance" bar for further options. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Display brightness and screen timeout

We've said it before - your screen is the biggest source of smartphone battery drain, so you need to manage it. That means setting the screen brightness manually rather than letting it choose one for itself. 
Not only will automatic brightness move your settings up and down all day, but it also sets the brightness too high. Get your display right and you can make some major gains in the battery department. Don't forget to keep your screen timeout short and avoid live wallpapers also.
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Auto-brightness (left) is not a good idea...set it to a low setting instead. / © ANDROIDPIT
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Dropping from a 2-minute screen timeout to 30-seconds massively drops battery demand. / © ANDROIDPIT
We recently fell in love with an App which you set the brightness depending on the time of day, which is a great solution for those who want something between automatic and manual brightness management.

3. Use a black wallpaper

Sounds silly, right? Well it's not - there's science behind it. The Galaxy S5 uses Samsung's Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) technology, and it's the LED part that holds the key.
An LED screen does not need to be active to create black pixels: that part of the display remains off. LCD screens, on the other hand, require power to show black on their displays. You can find a more detailed explanation on how this works in our how black wallpaper can save battery on Android article.
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Once you've downloaded your black wallpaper, tap on it to view it, then tap the three dots (options) button, and finally hit set as > wallpaper. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Disable smart gestures

Why did you have them enabled in the first place? If you've never found yourself taking screenshots with the palm swipe or using Air Browse to navigate your emails or web pages, then it's a safe bet that you can live without them.
This can be a good thing, because turning off all those sensors can also have an impact on your battery. Of course, you can always turn them back on temporarily if the mood strikes you. Don't forget to turn off Smart Stay in your Display settings too.
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Gestures might seem interesting, but we rarely use them. Turn them off in the "gestures and motions" menu accessible from your settings. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. Manage your background apps and notifications

One of the ideas behind this is simple: when your notification light is blinking at you like a puppy tugging at your boot, you are going to investigate what's going on. More time spent powering your screen on means more battery power sucked out of it (and you'd be amazed how many times we do this unnecessarily, and the effect is has on the overall battery life.)
Go into "sounds and notifications" in your settings, then to application notifications. If you're getting bombarded by unwanted notifications from puzzle temple candy adventure blast three, just tap on that app in the list and un-tick the "notification" box.
Turn down the vibration intensity, or turn vibrations off completely, in "sounds and notifications" also. 
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If you're getting notifications you aren't interested in, turn them off for that. / © ANDROIDPIT
Do you have any more Galaxy S5 battery saving tips? Let us know what they are in the comments below. 
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