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