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The Definitive "Improving-Your-Battery-Life" Settings Thread
So I have been pretty happy overall with my S5 since I got it but I was finding that I was getting maybe 14-16 hours of use on a full charge. I thought the phone and power supply should be somewhat better than this. So I started doing a lot of research, reading through multiple threads on the topic on this and other forums and played around with different settings in my phone. I think I've found a pretty optimal group of settings such that I can recommend them without hesitation. Right now I'm at 78% with almost eight hours off charger. Here are two screenshots:
So, in no particular order here's what I did to improve battery life to the point that I'm now on track to get almost double the battery life of what I had been getting prior:
(1) Disabled all animations in Developers settings (for those of you who don't know how to activate Developers settings, go to "About Phone" and tap 7-8x on "build number." This will activate the hidden Developers settings)
(2) Installed Nova launcher and made it default
(3) Installed 'Opera for Android' browser and made it my default browser
(4) Disabled wifi when out and about
(5) Disabled bluetooth except for when I'm in the car (this was a big battery drain BTW)
(6) Uninstalled all unused and needless apps
(7) Bloatware that cannot be uninstalled I disabled and stopped. These include: Amazon (huge battery drain, BTW), Amazon app suite, Amazon Kindle, [Amazon] Appstore, Audible, caller name ID, Flipboard, Google Play Games, Hangouts, Isis mobile wallet, Message+, NFL mobile, S Health and S Voice
(8) Disabled mobile data when connected to wifi (great app from Play Store to do this: Mobile Data Connection beta)
(9) Leave Location on "Power Saving" which works fine for everything except for navigation
(10) Screen brightness on "Auto"
(11) Unchecked Synch in the full pull-down menu (the one you access by using two fingers to swipe down)
(12) Disabled the native email app that came with the phone and downloaded the MyMail app from the Play Store (amazingly good app BTW)
(13) Set screen timeout to 30" and two softtouch keys to 1.5"
I suspect I may have forgotten one or two things and if I remember something I'll add it later but these few things have really made a very dramatic difference in my battery life.
I hope this helps any of you who may be struggling with this issue.
If I've missed something that anyone else can recommend, fire away.