Extending the battery life of Samsung Galaxy S3

Posted on Jan 29 2013 - 2:53am by Harvey

galaxy-s31Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S3, has steadily become the favorite Android phone since its release in May. The South Korean firm announced that the phone sold about 20 million units in its first 100 days, making it a favorite phone for users of Android operating system. Several months afterwards, the Galaxy S3 still continued to surprise analysts in terms of sales, although it also revealed the smartphone’s weaknesses. One of such flaws is the disappointing short battery life span.

While short battery life is the main Achilles heel of most smartphones today, many users were still surprised that the Galaxy S3 seemed to be draining its battery faster even if it is not in use.

We will take a look at some of the things that can help in saving precious juice from a Galaxy S3 smartphone. Some of the topics here may already be common sense for users who have their phones for a while. For others, the tips below may be new ways to customize their wallpapers, start or home screens and user interface, or basically in extending battery life.

Tweaking Google Chrome

Some users in many forums all over the Web reported of improving battery performance after changing some default settings in their Google Chrome browser.  It basically boils down to turning off Tilt scrolling feature. To do this, pull up the installed Chrome and go to Settings> Developer Tools and uncheck Enable Tilt Scrolling option.

Disable LTE

Phones designed for regions with LTE capability tend to keep on scanning the airwaves if an LTE network is unavailable, draining the battery faster. Galaxy S3 uses more power when connecting to a mobile network compared to when its connecting via Wi-Fi so using Wi-Fi  connection is somehow more energy efficient. Disabling LTE is thus advised in this case. To do this, go to Settings> More settings> Mobile networks> Network mode. Galaxy S3 for regions without LTE service do not have this feature.

 Kill Samsung apps

Many users have noted that the preinstalled Samsung apps seem to drain the battery faster even if the said apps are not in use. Turning off these apps apparently saves energy. To turn off these apps, go to Settings> Applications manager and then select all unused Samsung-related apps. Most of the time, these apps are barely used and removing or disabling does not diminish the functionality of the phone. It is suggested to kill one’s Samsung account, Samsung Apps, Samsung Backup, Samsung Cloud Data Relay, among others. These disabled apps will still be available at the bottom of the “All” under Applications Manager in the event that they will be needed in the future.

 Managing showy ringtones and wallpapers

Interactive wallpapers can add to battery consumption. If you want to extend your battery a little longer, switching to non-interactive wallpapers may help.

One can also give a little more juice to the battery by using short tones or beeps instead of vibrate or long musical music as ringtone.

 Switching off Bluetooth/Wi-Fi when not in use

This is an old trick that still works. These features need extra power to run chips so turning them off can mean big time if you want to conserve battery life. Turning them on drains the battery faster, especially if they scan the surroundings constantly.

 Using Screen Time Out feature

The Galaxy S3 has an advanced “motion detect” capability that tells it if a user is looking at the screen or not, dimming the screen accordingly. Using this feature would be a good way to ensuring that you don’t forget to dim the phone screen when not being used. Make sure this feature is on.

“Screen Timeout” option is also a good way turn the screen off after some time of inactivity.

 Using dark backgrounds

While not really an original idea, choosing a profile that minimizes the use of colors may help extend the battery life a bit. Dark backgrounds may also help.

Additionally, turning  down brightness a bit by going to Settings>Display>Brightness can also stretch the juice.

However, this option should only be used if the goal of getting more battery life is critical as this does not mean much if it strains one’s eyes just to see what one is doing.

Using third party offerings

Going beyond the original things from Samsung is a mixed bag, depending on one’s choice. Some users have reported usage of third party task killers like the “Advanced Task Killer” are helping.  There are many task killers in Google Play Store that can be tested, many of them for free.

The built-in battery checker tool can also help in deciding what app to kill by going to Settings>About Phone> Battery Usage.

JuiceDefender app is also a popular battery usage checking tool that can be tested. A free version is available but a more powerful Pro version offers more features that allows a user to customize which apps are allowed to run, among other things. The Pro version can cost around $5 dollars.

If a more powerful battery pack is really needed, Samsung has released a bulkier Galaxy S3 removable battery. There are also a variety of third-party batteries for Galaxy S3.

If there are other tricks that this article may have missed, feel free to comment at the bottom.

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