hi everyone, so we’re going to be talkingabout battery life on the galaxy s6 and s6 edge. a lot ofpeople have been concerned that the smaller battery in the s6 is going to cause them a problem. now, battery life is a very subjective thing, everybody uses their devices differently for different levels of time doing different types of task soit’s not always easy to kind of draw a definitive from this necessarily. but whatwe can do is discuss what you can do
to save battery life and the things thatimpact on your battery during a day to day operation. now oneof the first things to always be aware of is what options your actual androidoperating system has and specifically from the galaxy s6 to save you battery life. so some ofthe things you can kind of do here, if you come into battery we can go inhere, whoops, go in to battery, hit the right option this time.
we can see how much battery we have, how much battery we have left and then we’ve got a couple of options here. now power saving mode will eke out some additional battery, essentially by lowering the brightness of the screen the cpu turning off things like vibration, the touch lights and so on, basically anything kind of unnecessary that you don’t need just to use the device, the optional extras, thebells and whistles effectively can be turned off. now you can set that to come on it any point you want or immediately,
so run it all the time. i tend to leave mine at 20% give me an additional 10% batterypower once we get to that point so it hits 20% and realistically once it goes into this lower power mode i have around 30% of the battery left. the other option is ultra power savingmode. now this one turns off basically theentire android operating system, other than a basic overlay that provides access to your phone, your text messages, and basic functionality. i mean this really does turn your smartphone
back into a dumbphone for all intents andpurposes but in doing so you will dramatically increase the batterylife. but let’s talk about the things that really impact battery because it might not always seem quite so obvious. for instance, you’ll be aware that runningthe screen, actually having the screen turned on isprobably the biggest single drain you will have on a smartdevice but also it goes a little bit further than that because depending onwhat your device is doing, so for instance ifyou’re playing a game, you’re running the cpu
and the screen simultaneously and thatis going to decrease the battery life. but likewise if you happen to be playing that gamemulti-player you’re also running the wifi or your cell at the same time. again you’ve added to that battery drain. but there’s something you might not beaware of. if you happen to have a weak wifi signal or even a weak cellsignal your device will use more power tomaintain a signal lock. now what does this mean? well, in real terms, if you say only have one or two bars of cell,
or one or two bars of wifi the phone will use more power thinking it needs a stronger signal and in doing so it would drain the battery more. you can know this and you’ll have experienced it yourself because if you’ve ever been inthe countryside with just one bar you might have thought, hang on, why is my battery running down so quickly, you’ve gone out for the day and it’s only lasted four hours instead ofeight. it hasn’t been an app left on in thebackground, it’s the fact that your cell has essentially been tryingdesperately to keep a strong or as strong a signal as it can onto a cell tower
and to do so it’s had to boost more powerthrough that transmitter and receiver. essentially the best way totry and keep your battery life running as peak performance during theday is to keep one eye on how well your device is connected towifi and cell. obviously if it’s sat in your pocket it still needs to be talking tothe cell network to receive notifications. to do that it has to have a strong signalas it perceives it. so if you happen to be in a rural areaconsider whether you actually need the cell turned on
anyway to receive notifications for acouple of hours. take some time to walk in the countryside and just disconnect. you’ll find that if you keep one eye on that cell and wifi there and howstrong those signals are, especially if you’re someone who moves around a lot between cell sites orbetween wifi sites say between in a building, or in a town, you might find because you’re constantly connecting and disconnectingfrom weaker signals that your battery is not lasting as long as it could do. what else can we do to
kind of help our battery life? well also always take a look at what your auto brightness is doing. because in different scenarios you mightfind that actually the auto brightness is over governing the screen andactually running it hotter than it needs to effectively draining your battery when itjust doesn’t need to. you can see here i’ve actually got two very, very, large 5,000 watt bulbs right now coming onto this desk and yet the autobrightness still thinks it needs to be pumped up massively high. it doesn’t, in actual facti could turn that off
and drop it down to about there and for me personally still looking at this device i can still see everything on the screen, maybe not quite so easy for you at home but my point is quite simply that the auto brightnesson most smartphones isn’t actually very good. it doesn’t tend to actually pick up theambient light quite as well as it picks up direct sunlight. again that may mean that you’re running your screen brightness much higher thanreally does need to be
to be comfortable to use the screen but also to preserve battery life. your other thing is location locationlocation. you’ll have heard this many times before but just watch out for what your location settings are actually doing. because if you happen to have gps wifi agps turned on and cell location turned on simultaneously you’re effectively hitting your system withthe triple whammy of location hookups. what will first happen is it will try and grab a gps, requiring quite a lot of power. it can’t get a gps because there’s cloud cover it’s wasted
that power instead it will then switch to wifi. yourwifi signal’s not good enough, you’ve wasted some power there. so then we’ll switch to cell and cell, well yes, it will always be able to triangulate using agps and wifi to get you a fix. however you’ve just useda ridiculous amount of power in a very short period of time just tofind out where you are. in actual fact you might very well have been better off turning off gps, turning off wifi and just using the agps
triangulation from your cell sites. inmost cases that will actually provide a pretty good lock on for what you needand it hasn’t required three attempts to get there each oneusing progressively less power as it got down the line. so there’s a quick and simple and dirtylook at things you can do to preserve batterylife not just on a galaxy s6 but actually on any smartphone be that an iphone or anandroid device or even a microsoft lumia. at the end of the daykeeping one eye on what the device
is actually doing at different points during your journey and your daily routine could help you eke out 10 to 15% more battery just by being little bit proactive.