Samsung Galaxy S4 Battery Life: Tips & Tricks (video)

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 battery life is impressive, but sometimes it can be pretty disappointing, especially when you need to use it a lot for work. We’re going to show you how to maximize your Galaxy S4 battery life, and eek out that last bit of needed juice!

1# Hardware

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Coming at 2,600 mAh, the Galaxy S4 has a pretty hefty battery for today’s expectations, however, it still just isn’t enough juice. That said, we recommend picking up a second 2,600 mAh unit or an extended life battery from a third party vendor. Of course, picking up a juice pack from someone like Mophie is probably your best bet here.

A juice pack or extra battery will certainly boost your Galaxy S4 battery life.

2# Home Screen Widgets

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If you’re trying to maximize battery life, keeping a low amount of widgets on your home screen is a great way to bolster Galaxy S4 battery life. Cutting out live widgets completely is another way to do this.

Live widgets take a lot of battery life because they’re, well, live. It can take a lot of juice trying to update your social network widgets in real time.
While live widgets are really handy, sometimes it’s just not worth that extra Galaxy S4 battery life.

3# Turn off extra features

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One of the big appeals of Samsung’s flagship devices is the amount of features loaded in them. While everyone loves new features to play around with, it does take a toll on battery life.

Simply turning off all of those unneeded features like Bluetooth, GPS, Air View, Eye gestures, and etc, can really bolster Galaxy S4 battery life.
It’s fairly easy to turn these features off, too. Just pull down the notification shade and you have access to pretty much anything you would need to flip the switch on!

4# Wallpapers

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Another battery hog is live wallpapers. Thankfully the Galaxy S4 only comes with two, but plenty more can be found in the Play Store. It’s best not to use these if you want to save Galaxy S4 battery life. It makes things much less intensive on the processor, GPU, and etc.

Secondly, the Galaxy S4 uses a Super AMOLED display, which means every color is a light. So, if you have a colorful wallpaper, you’re using much more battery life than you would be if you were using a completely black wallpaper. It’s still using battery life, just not nearly as much.

5# Power Saving Mode

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By taking advantage of the built-in power saving features in TouchWiz, you can optimize a lot of your battery usage. You can have it slow CPU usage, haptic feedback, and even screen usage.

6# Display Brightness

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Finally, we’re going to look at the HD Super AMOLED display. Having the brightness all the way up will drain your battery fast, and having it at its lowest setting will reduce your usage. However, while some say having it on automatic is your best bet, it isn’t.

Having your brightness set on automatic means that the Galaxy S4 is using the sensors to test how bright it is in the room to adjust your screen brightness accordingly. It’s much better to change the setting manually to maximize Galaxy S4 battery life.

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Wrap up

And that’s just a few tips on how to maximize Galaxy S4 battery life. They’re not exclusive to the S4 either, which means you can use these tips on a lot of Samsung devices and save battery life on those devices, too!

Let us know in the comments how well these tips worked for you, and if you have tips of your own, feel free to share them with everyone! You can also find more tips in the Galaxy s4 manual that can be downloaded on the internet for free.

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