Even though Samsung uses Android as their main operating system, they also add a lot of proprietary software on their mobile devices. For example, Touch Wiz is their own user interface and it’s very different from the one used by Nexus devices. These last ones come with Vanilla Android, which is the cleanest Android version out there.
One of the features introduced by Samsung in the Galaxy S5 is the Power Saving Mode. It can help conserve battery when activated. You can access it by going into Settings, then Power Saving. You can choose from Power Saving Mode and Ultra Power Saving Mode. You can also see statistics about the remaining battery life and how much battery you have left if you activate the feature.
Power Saving Mode vs Ultra Power Saving Mode
The first version will put your phone into a performance limiting state which will decrease battery consumption. The limits include the following:
- Block background data. This option will reduce the amount of background data used by apps.
- Restrict Performance. You have to turn this option ‘on’ to activate it. Then select from the following options the ones that you want to activate: CPU performance (this will limit the use of the CPU and decrease performance – not recommended if you are playing HQ games), Screen output (this will lower the screen’s frame rate), Turn off touch key light (this will deactivate the touch light on the ‘Recent Apps’ and ‘Back’ buttons), Turn off GPS (this will deactivate location services).
- Grayscale Mode. This will convert your screen colors into a lighter grayscale.
The Ultra mode is the perfect solution to use when you are left with 10% or less battery and you still have important tasks to carry out. The ultra saving mode will turn off unnecessary apps, turn your display to black and white and basically disable any battery eating process on your phone. The only 3 apps that remain active by default are Phone, Messaging and Internet apps. You can add 3 more by pressing the ‘plus’ button.
Samsung Galaxy S5 is a very powerful device with a very powerful battery, too. However, you may find yourself in difficult situations when you need to use power saving modes. You can also take a look at our in-depth tutorial about extending battery life on Android devices.
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