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How to try out Samsung’s new device optimization app suite

The app suite is called Samsung Galaxy Lab, and it's designed to help you squeeze even more performance out of your device.

Published onOctober 30, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 back glass on table angled

Samsung’s flagship devices have been the number one choice for many smartphone power users for years. Historically, the company is known for providing as many features and as much performance as possible with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lines.

Now, Samsung has launched a new suite of apps designed to help you squeeze even more out of your device. It’s called Galaxy Labs, and though the apps may not work on your device, you can still give them a try for yourself.

What is the Galaxy Lab app suite?

Samsung’s Galaxy Lab app suite comes with four tools: Battery Guardian, Battery Tracker, File Guardian, and App Booster.

Battery Guardian is perhaps the most straightforward app in the suite. It checks for existing app optimization features and enables them if applicable. You can manually do this within the device’s settings, but simple solutions to problems like this are always welcome.

As the name eludes, Battery Tracker allows users to track and monitor which apps hog their battery usage. It gives the user a more detailed explanation of battery performance than what’s included on most devices running Android 9 or older.

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File Guardian is a simple file manager with a neat trick up its sleeve. This app lets users restore files they “permanently” deleted from the device’s internal storage. This could save users in a pinch, and it is worth checking out Galaxy Labs if only to use this one feature.

On the other end of the spectrum, it’s not entirely clear what App Booster does. It claims to optimize all apps installed on the device, but we don’t exactly know how it optimizes them. We also don’t notice any tangible performance gains after running the lengthy optimization process. Perhaps this will become more clear as Galaxy Lab rolls out to more devices.

How can I try them out?

We aren’t entirely sure which devices Galaxy Labs supports. We have only been able to use them on Samsung devices, and even then, they didn’t all work. In our experience, Battery Tracker kept crashing when we tried to open it on a Galaxy S9 Plus, and none of the apps even launched on our OnePlus 7 Pro. We’re assuming they’ll only be able to work on Samsung phones, as is usually the case for these types of apps.

If you still want to give the apps a go, Samsung users in the Netherlands should be able to download Galaxy Lab straight from the Galaxy Store right now. For now, everyone else in the world will need to download and sideload the APKs from SamMobile’s website.