Easy ways to increase your Galaxy S6 battery life by ≈50%

tips and tricks to fix drain and increase battery life on samsung galaxy s6 edge

Leaving to work in the morning with 94% battery, draining another 10% during the commute, left with 5% by the end of the day… Does this sound familiar? Well, one of the biggest downsides to the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the fact that the battery life simply sucks. At least this is what I thought…

Heavy users usually have to quick-charge their Galaxy S6 some time during the day, simply because they will run out of juice otherwise. From my experience, before applying the tips below, my beloved SGS6 got somewhere between 3 and 3.5h of Screen on Time on a given day before shutting off in my pocket.

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To give you some context, I have LTE and Bluetooth switched on the entire time, paired with my Bluetooth headphones and my Moto 360

However, I found a couple of great techniques that will help you increase your Galaxy S6’s battery life to get up to 5 hours screen on time!!! Let’s jump right into it:

 

Disable unwanted services to increase battery life

Samsung stuffed your device with lots and lots of micro-app, most of which you will probably never even get to use. However, these services still continue to run in the background without you knowing, draining your battery every second, minute and hour of the day.

To disable these battery-sucking tiny little apps, all you need to do is download a paid app called Package Disabler Pro, which costs just $1.95. After opening the app you will be able to disable the services you don’t need or simply have no use for. You don’t need to root your device to make full use of this app.

Disclaimer: you will be warned that Package Disabler might trip KNOX. According to the app developer himself, if your KNOX services get disabled, all you need to do is enable all services that you have disabled to get it all back. With the setup below, which I use myself, KNOX has not been tripped.

After a lot of research and talking to the Android community, I ended up disabling the following services:

Click to expand the list (warning, it's long)

Warning: before any OTA or Update, make sure to enable ALL the services you previously disabled to ensure a clean and flawless system update.

A great side-effect of disabling S Voice, in case you aren’t using it, is that any home button lag is instantly removed.

 

Disable location services

Some location services continue running in the background, logging your coordinates every now and then. Read our post on how to disable all location services on Android to find out how to do it.

 

Fix Google Play Services battery drain

Some users have reported that Google Play Services drains their Galaxy S6 battery quite a lot. Lucky for us, there is a very strange but effective fix for this problem.

  1. Go to Settings > Data Usage
  2. Scroll down to see the list of apps
  3. Press on Google Play Store
  4. Switch Toggle to Restrict background data
  5. Repeat step 3 and 4 for Google Play Services
  6. Hard-restart your Galaxy S (not to be confused with hard-reset) by holding the volume-down and power buttons and release once the device turns itself off
  7. Re-enable background data for Google Play Store and Google Play Services

 

Boot into safe-mode and reboot

A few other users on Reddit reported that this very weird fix helped improve the battery life of their Samsung Galaxy S6 devices:

  1. Power off your Galaxy S6
  2. Power ON the device and hold the volume-down key during the Samsung boot animation
  3. You will be shown a message that you are now in safe-mode
  4. To get out of safe-mode, simply restart your device

 

Fix Cell Standby drain by disabling VoLTE

If your cell provider offers Voice over LTE calling (aka VoLTE), you will likely see “Cell Standby” as one of your most battery draining apps in your battery stats. To fix this horrible battery drain, follow these steps:

  1. Open your Phone app
  2. Press More > Settings
  3. Disable VoLTE

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Get a 20% boost by uninstalling Facebook & Messenger

A huge great of people have reported noticeable increases in battery life on their Galaxy S6 devices after uninstalling the default Facebook and Messenger apps.

The Guardian confirmed that this works not only on the Samsung Galaxy S6, but, actually, all Android phones out there. The tested device showed a 20% increase in battery life. So, if you’re desperately looking for a charger every evening, uninstall Facebook & Messenger.

Don’t worry! Uninstalling the apps to gain battery life doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to use them! 

As a matter of fact, there are a number of ways to access Facebook and all messaging features without both apps:

  • Use Facebook’s mobile website – more or less same usability and features. Just visit m.facebook.com on your Galaxy S6, press the menu button in Chrome’s upper right corner and press “Add to Home screen”. This will add a shortcut for easy access, as well as remove the top navigation bar, so you can view Facebook. Just give it a shot
  • Install one of many 3rd party Facebook clients, such as Metal or Folio

Disable Google Now and “OK Google” detection

If you’re not really using Google Now and voice commands, this quick fix will add a little bit of extra battery life.

To disable Google Now & OK Google detection, follow these few steps:

  1. Open the Google app on your device
  2. Slide the menu into view or tap the menu icon
  3. Select Settings
  4. Go to Now Cards and toggle Show cards OFF
  5. Now go back one step, go to Voice > OK Google detection
  6. Turn off all features (From Google app, From any screen)

Conclusion

If you follow the simple steps above, you will get a huge increase in battery life on your Galaxy S6 and end up with somewhere between 4.5-5 hours of screen on time, compared to the usual 3-3.5 hours. In my case, my battery now drains at an approximate rate of 1% every 1.5 hours in standby mode, which is incredible considering the small 2600 mAh battery capacity (on the Galaxy S6 Edge).

Please let me know in the comments if the tips helped you, or if you have any other tricks up your sleeve to increase the battery life of our beloved S6’s and S6 Edge’s!

Daniel's passion is optimizing stuff, making it work better and faster. He likes tech, entrepreneurship and the outdoors. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter. Online Marketer | Entrepreneur | Hard Worker | Smart Thinker | Techie
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  • Meredith Phillips

    Under Disable Unwanted Services, you include a Warning: before any OTA or Update, make sure to enable ALL the services you previously disabled to ensure a clean and flawless system update.

    Does this mean I should disable automatic system updates? If yes, how will I know if a system update is available?

    Does your warning also cover application updates (i.e. should I disable auto updates to the applications as well)?

    Thank you!

    • DanielBulygin

      Hey Meredith, a major update will never be installed automatically. As far as I know, I don’t think you should be concerned about auto-updates (at least I’m not).

  • Mohammad

    you forget to mention Always allow scanning

    it is on Always by default
    you should put it on only while wifi is on

  • Terry

    I have S6 edge. ( Verizon ) I do not have VoLTE. So what can I do to get rid of the Cell standby ( cell radio )?

    Thank u

  • Anibal

    Hi There,
    I have a 64 GB SM-GM920I since a couple of weeks and have been unable to get more than 3 hours SoT.

    Tried the package and followed your instructions but I didn’t notice a measurable improvement. Do you think I might have a faulty equipment? From what I read in your case it was pretty evident from turning off those services + apps

    My phone runs generally under LTE or 3G (have little access to wifi during the day). Are your 5 hours SoT under wifi?

    Thanks

    • Tengku Izzuddin

      >2.5h SOT is fine considering you mainly run on lte/3g rather than wifi

  • Dean

    Hey thanks so much, I used your tips and have seen a significant increase in my battery life. Great post, much appreciated!

  • Edouard BERTHE

    Hi!

    Thank you for all that. I have a 128 Go Samsung Galaxy S6, and the first time I used it, after having fully charged it, the battery lasted 5 hours…. (without keeping the screen turn on). I was very worried, but after some days of use, now it lasts ~20h (without any great use… Just a bit of whatsapp, and messages…). Do you think my phone has a problem? I can send it back to Amazon, but I’m afraid it will be the same with the next one.

    I have tried all your tricks, I’ll see tomorrow if it’s working 🙂

    Thank you very much!
    Ed

  • eNVy

    my interests is what allows multiple photos from your gallery to be lockscreen background so if you want that feature don’t disable it.

  • Daniel

    Tried some of the above and I am noticing some improvement thanks 🙂 One thing I am trying to find out, and appreciate for the most, it is down to individuals opinion, which is the better display to use for better battery life? I always left it on adaptive but switched recently to amoled cinema. I found this a better display for viewing pictures I had taken and seeing if they are any good or not, but wondered if that is a bigger battery killer?

  • Andrew J. Arrindell-Veira

    Hi, i am trying to get to the list you have. However when i click on the link nothing happens. Can you assist?

  • Ryan Keiser

    I cant view the list

  • Pixis Too

    I done all, but i cant say im using 2600mah max 1000 mah… or it shows wrong in batery usage window. Whay 1000 i calculated all used mah from all app and get 1% drop at 10 mah.

  • kbe web

    Hi, the list doesn’t seem to expand?