In my previous post where I found the Samsung Galaxy S5 unsatisfactory because, for me, battery life is my prime concern. I chose the Samsung Galaxy S5 because reviews stated that it had a very good battery life. My experience found the phone to be quite awful. I had to charge the phone one or two times to achieve usable service in an 8 hour period. After poking around at the cell phone settings, I think I found a usable configuration. My cell phone lasted the whole day. Here are my setting changes:
Go to Settings.
Choose Power saving.
Turn Power saving mode “ON”. You are then given 3 options:
- Restrict background data (Turn ON)
- Restrict performance (Turn ON). This in turn has four sub menu items:
- CPU performance (Turn ON)
- Screen output (Turn ON)
- Turn off touch key light (Turn ON)
- Turn off GPS (for some reason this was greyed out and I could not change this. So I guess it was on).
- Grayscale mode (Keep OFF)
I did have to go into the Settings again and turn “Display” > “Brightness” > Automatic brightness off and revert to manual screen illumination because the screen went way too dark.
I did NOT turn Ultra power saving mode on.
Now if you think that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now the best cell phone for extended battery life, think again. I compared my cell phone with my son’s HTC One M8 just before dinner time and my phone had about a 38% charge while my son’s HTC had a 57% charge. He uses his phone all day long and plays video games on his phone. And, he did not have to cripple his phone at all to get such good battery performance.