As smartphones become more capable and we come to rely on them, they become more taxing on their batteries. Without conserving battery life, users can frequently be left with dead batteries before they are able to charge their phone.
A perpetual issue for smartphone users is battery life. Since the first smartphone, users have been struggling to stretch the power of a single charge. While most phones out today will give you enough juice to get you through the day with moderate use, this doesn’t do much for those who are on their phone a lot, who like to watch movies and Netflix or spend the night away from their charger. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 has an advantage. Because it’s a larger phone, it can fit a larger battery. At 3,220 mAh (milli amps/hour) it has the largest battery of its kind. Still, with the large screen size and high processing power, the Note 4 requires more battery power than most. It’s good to be thrifty where possible with your battery. Here are a couple ways to get your Note 4’s battery going the extra mile.
It may come as no surprise that the gigantic, 5.7″ screen is a real battery drainer. With over 500 pixels per inch (ppi) and the ability to be seen clearly on a bright day, you can be down to 50% battery life before lunch time if you’re not careful. Here’s a couple of good tricks:
In your notification panel (which can be found by dragging your finger down from the top bar of the screen) there is a drag bar that lets you adjust the brightness of your screen. Ideally, you should drag the bar down to the lowest brightness that still allows you to see the screen. You may find yourself constantly resetting the bar throughout the day as you go from place to place. A good tool is the auto-brightness box next to the brightness bar. Checking this box uses the phone’s ambient light sensors to automatically adjust the brightness based on your current settings.
A good habit to adopt is tapping the power button the side of your phone when you’re done using it. Even better: adjust the Screen Timeout feature. This feature turns your phone off after a certain amount of idle time.
- Go to Settings
- Go to Display under Sound and Display
- When you press Screen Timeout you will be given the options ranging from 15 seconds up to 10 minutes.
15 seconds may seem a bit short for your phone to turn off on you, especially if you do a lot of reading on your phone. 30 seconds or a minute is usually sufficient.
The Note 4 allows you to switch back and forth between active apps. In the middle of writing an email you can open your calendar to double check a date and go right back to your email without having to reload the email app. This is a great feature that keeps you productive but will also drain your battery. It can be very easy to run every single app you opened up that day without even noticing and suddenly you’re left with a dead battery. This is when Task Manager comes in handy.
The soft key to the left of the Home button at the base of your phone accesses your Task Manager. Pressing this key shows you all of your active applications as slides with the most recent app in front. By tapping on a slide you can switch between apps with ease. If you’re finished with any of these apps for a while simply swipe that slide to the left or right and it will terminate. By pressing the icon on the bottom right of the Task Manager, you will terminate all the apps you currently have running.
Do not press the End All button every time. If you are using an app regularly it will drain the battery to constantly re-open the app from start. If you are regularly checking your fantasy football app on Sunday morning or checking you Maps to see if you are approaching a cross streets soon, it would be best to leave that app on.
Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode
Samsung equips the Galaxy Note 4 with Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode to help you consolidate power.
Power Saving Mode
With Power Saving Mode, the Note 4 cuts back on some features that aren’t necessary and drain your juice. To turn on Power Saving Mode:
- Drop down your notification screen and tap the button at the top right of your screen to access more quick settings.
- Then tap the Power Saving Mode
Once in Power Saving Mode, you can decide what features you want to cut back. Drop down the notification window and tap Power Saving Mode.
Here you can check the box to restrict background data, cut back on some performance features, and turn on Grayscale Mode. Restricting background data limits the apps that are running on your phone while you’re using other apps. Grayscale Mode turns your home screen to black/white.
Now tap Restrict Performance and get this page:
Here you’ll have options to cut back on the CPU performance, dim the Note 4’s brightness, turn off the lights behind your touch keys, and turn off your GPS.
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Ultra Power Saving Mode is for when 10% has to last you. It saves battery by replacing your home screen and app drawer with only the essential apps. These apps include Phone, Messages, and Internet. It gives you the option to add a couple other apps like Facebook or Twitter. The phone’s display is reduced to greyscale and turns off after 15 seconds of non-use. It turns off your WiFi and Blutetooth. It knocks your cell reception down to 3G since 4G and LTE will drain your battery. With Ultra Power Saving Mode, a battery at 10% could last you a full day assuming you’re okay with the limited features.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a powerhouse of a phone and naturally you will want to be on it as much as you can. With these simple tips, you can be on your phone longer between charges.