How to enable Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop Power Saving, Ultra Power Saving & Emergency Modes

This content will guide you through making the most of your Samsung Galaxy S5’s battery life with the phone’s power management features like the Emergency Mode and Power Saving and Ultra-Power Saving modes.


A series of micro-updates have been released by Samsung following the official rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop on existing Galaxy devices including the Galaxy S5. It’s the company’s move to address some issues and complaints raised by device owners after receiving the major update including poor battery performance.

Owners who are still waiting for the latest builds to reach their respective devices need not to worry though because the Galaxy S5 also comes with a couple of different solutions to help extend battery life when necessary. In case you need help in using these features, here’s a quick guide for you to refer to.

Quick Links

  1. Activate Power Saving Mode on Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop
  2. Activate Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S5 Lollipop
  3. Activate Emergency Mode on Galaxy S5 Lollipop

If you’ve reached this post because you were looking for solutions to your problems, visit our Samsung Galaxy S5 Troubleshooting page as it contains all problems we addressed since the device was released last year. You may also email us at [email protected] and we will help you find solutions to your problems. All we’re asking is that you provide us with necessary information about your device, the version of Android its running and how it behaves. Remember, the phone information your provide, the more accurate our solutions are.

Activate Power Saving Mode on Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Power-saving mode or extended standby mode is a built-in feature of the Galaxy S5 device, which you can activate to optimize your phone’s battery life. Your phone will save power by reducing the screen brightness, disabling haptic feedback and limiting the phone’s performance. You will still be able to receive messages and notifications while power saving mode is activated or enabled.

Here’s how to enable Power saving mode on Galaxy S5 Lollipop:

  1. Touch Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Scroll to and touch Power Saving mode under System.
  4. Touch the Power saving mode slider to turn the feature on.
  5. To turn off or disable this feature, touch the slider again.

Another way to activate or enable power saving mode on the Galaxy S5 is by pulling down the status bar from the top of the home screen using two fingers and then touch Power saving from the given items.

When activated, you will be able to limit your device performance, background data and color. Limiting the device’s functions will help you save battery power.

Activate Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Another feature you can use to save power on your GS5 handset is the ultra power saving mode. It works by extending standby time and lowers battery consumption by displaying a simpler layout and allowing limited access to an application.

Follow these steps to enable this phone feature and use it to save power on your device:

  1. Touch Apps from the Home screen.
  2. Touch Settings to continue.
  3. Touch Power Saving Mode.
  4. Scroll to and touch to select Ultra Power saving mode.
  5. Touch the slider to the right to enable the feature. Once enabled, your device will display colors on the screen as gray tones. Access to default applications and to other listed applications are also limited. Moreover, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features are also deactivated.
  6. When prompted with the information for Ultra Power saving mode, tap OK to continue. Doing so enables the feature. When the feature is enabled, you will see the remaining battery power and estimated battery running time shown at the bottom of the screen.
  7. To go back to normal mode, touch the menu icon (three vertical dots) located on the upper right corner of the screen, and then tap the option to Disable ultra-power saving mode. Touch OK to proceed and wait for the device to return to normal mode.

Again, a quicker way to activate ultra power saving mode on the Galaxy S5 is through the status bar. Just use your two fingers to pull down status bar from the top of the screen and then touch Ultra Power saving from the given items.

Activate Emergency Mode on Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Another S5 feature you can use to extend your phone’s standby time and conserve power especially when you’re in an emergency situation is the Emergency mode. When this mode is enabled, your phone’s screen brightness will reduce and some of the device’s functionality will be restricted to conserve battery’s charge. The home screen will also change to a black theme. You will still be able to make calls to a specific contact and make emergency calls using the Phone app. You can also send your location information to others through message, as well as turn on flash and sound alarms while your phone is in this state.

Here’s how to activate and use Emergency mode on your S5 Lollipop:

  1. Hold down the Power key for several seconds.
  2. Scroll to and touch to select Emergency mode from Device options.
  3. Touch OK to continue.
  4. To state that you have read and agree with the terms and conditions, touch the checkbox and then touch OK.
  5. To disable Emergency mode, press and hold down the Power key and then touch Emergency mode again.

Aside from using these built-in features, you can also try other available methods and workarounds to optimize power and extend the battery life on your Galaxy S5 Lollipop. Adjusting your phone’s display settings and manage third-party applications are among the few things you can work on.