The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a great phone, but all its positive qualities are rendered useless if you can’t switch it on because it’s out of battery – a situation all too familiar to Galaxy S6 Edge+ owners. But there are ways to prolong the phone’s battery life and eke out those precious few percentage points. Here are some of the best Galaxy S6 Edge+ battery tips.
1. Check your apps
We’ll begin with the big one. Although app developers are starting to make their products less power-hungry, there are still countless apps that drain your device – a problem that’s particularly noticeable on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.
There are a few things you can do to mitigate this. The first is to go through your apps and purge your phone of those you don’t use. A good place to start might be the pre-installed apps constantly running in the background and using up valuable resources. If you’re reluctant to delete apps, you can fiddle with their settings so they aren’t constantly searching for new data.
You can also check which of your apps is the worst battery-thief. The best way to do this is to wait until a full charge has run down to somewhere around 10%, then open the battery sections and hit ‘Battery Usage’. After that you’ll have to make a call as to which apps are worth the battery they use up.
2. Charge it correctly
This may seem like an obvious point but it is also easy to disregard. The standard charger for a Galaxy S6 Edge+ uses Adaptive Fast Charging – a necessity for Galaxy S6 Edge+ owners – but you can use any Quick Charge 2.0 compatible charger, so take the opportunity when you get it. With the quick charging option you can add about 50% more battery in half an hour, usually enough to get you through to the next charging opportunity.
The phone’s wireless charging capacity also shouldn’t be overlooked. The size and convenience of the circular chargers mean it may be possible to leave on your desk at work or on the kitchen table, so you can grab some quick charge while doing other things. You can pick them up for as little as $10 too.
3. Go dark
The exceptionally vivid display is one of the Galaxy S6 Edge+’s best features but there are times where it might be worth toning it down a notch or two. While the automatic brightness setting (usually found in Settings>Display, or similar) is great at adjusting to different lights, if you’re keen to preserve battery it may be worth turning the brightness down manually and then stepping it up as and when you need it.
Another tactic to consider is using a black wallpaper. Go to Settings > Personal > Wallpaper and choose a black background, or download one if it isn’t there. It may not look as pretty as that picture you took on holiday last summer but it will make your phone last longer.
4. Switch things off
WiFi and data connections are at the heart of what makes smartphones great but they are also battery drainers. As such, it’s worth switching these off at times when you don’t need them. For example, if you don’t use your phone at work, turn WiFi and data off until you need it on the journey home. You can do this in Settings>WiFi or Settings>Cellular Data.
It’s also worth consdering how often you need to have location services switched on. Sure it’s neccessary for Google Maps and one or two other apps but there will certainly be times when you don’t need it. The same is true for notifications.
5. Use Power Saving mode
In what seems a tacit acceptance of the inadequacy of the Galaxy S6 Edge+’s battery, Samsung have provided a couple of useful options to help you cling on to that last bit of juice.
The first one is ‘Power Saving’ mode, found in the battery settings menu. It will turn off various functions, like vibrations, and reduce your phone’s processing power slightly but shouldn’t make too much of a difference. And it could save you up to 10%. You can set power saving mode to come on automatically when your battery reaches 50, 20, 15 or 5% or you can set it yourself.
The second option, ‘Ultra Power Saving’ mode is a little more drastic and probably something you should only use in dire straits. It gives you a basic home screen, a grayscale display, limits apps and disables some data services. But if you really need to make a call, it might be a worthwhile option.