If you’re barely able to get through the day with a full charge then let me show you how to enable the Ultra Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung is constantly working on improving the power efficiency of their phones with each generation and the Galaxy S6 is no different. The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge uses the Exynos 7420 SoC which is made on a 14nm chip. This means it is more powerful and more efficient than last generations chips but these chips aren’t really what uses the most of the battery in our smartphones. The component that uses the most battery life is the screen and this is actually another area where Samsung excels as well.
Samsung has been using their Super AMOLED displays for years and each generation they are able to reduce the overall power consumption even more than they did last year.
This is great because Samsung is tackling one of the main reasons why our smartphones use so much of the battery. AMOLED displays have a history of using more power than LCD displays when showing an all white screen the disparity is getting less with each generation and they could be getting close to surpassing LCDs in just about every measurable way. Still, a lot of people can’t get through a full day without needing to charge their Galaxy S6/S6 Edge for at least a few minutes so this is where Ultra Power Saving Mode comes into play.
Galaxy S6 Enable Ultra Power Saving Mode
- Launch the Settings Application
- Navigate to and Tap on the ‘Battery’ Option
- Tap on the ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’ Option
- Tap on the Toggle to Enable the Feature
- Accept the Terms and Conditions
- Then Tap on the ‘Agree’ Option
Ultra Power Saving Mode is very interesting and it really can make your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge last for multiple hours longer than it normally one. Every time I think about how amazing this feature is I remember back to a video that Samsung released last year. The promotional video showed that you can travel from one coast of the United States all the way to the other coast on a single charge with the Galaxy S5.
These two people traveled 3,504 miles from one coast to the other, taking 150 hours to travel them across 7 days on the road. The person using the Galaxy S5 in Ultra Power Saving Mode sent 86 text messages, took 119 photos, talked on the phone for more than 16 minutes and recorded more than 4 minutes of video during the trip. And all of this is supposed to have happened on one single battery from 100% to 0%. When some people can’t even get through a single day of regular usage, this is an amazing feat. Sure, it isn’t an idea use case because we have applications and do much more than what was done, but still.
Now, in order to get that much battery life out of the Galaxy S6, you’ll need to follow the guide above and then enable the Ultra Power Saving Mode feature. This will save you battery life by doing a couple of things. Firstly, it will apply a system-wide grayscale theme to your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge and this helps because of how AMOLED displays work. With an AMOLED display, it uses a lot of power to display the color white. However, it uses less power to display, say, the color red. . .and it uses absolutely zero power to display black. So this grayscale theme will help to control how much of your battery is used by displaying certain colors on the screen.
Another thing that Ultra Power Saving Mode does is that it restricts access to certain applications while it is active. So, when you enable Ultra Power Saving Mode, you’ll notice that the colors are muted and that your home screen doesn’t look like it used to. By default, you’re given 3 very big icons on the screen. These icons launch services like the Phone, Text Messages and the Internet, but you’re also given 3 plus signs for adding new applications in here that you want to have access to. Tapping on a Plus Sign here will give you the option to add applications like Calculator, Clock, Facebook, Google+, Memo, Voice Recorder and WhatsApp Download.
So you do have more than just the bare essentials but Ultra Power Saving Mode really isn’t intended on being used all the time. Sure, you can, but then you’re crippling your device and that beautiful screen but thankfully we have the choice and that is what Android is all about. It should also be noted that enabling Ultra Power Saving Mode will disable the WiFi, turn Bluetooth off and as mentioned, it will disable mobile data while the screen is turned off. Samsung says that you can get up to a day of standby time with only 10% of your battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode enabled.
Many people have been trying to emulate Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode on other devices and it can be rather difficult. Some have been able to do this with Greenify and the Power Nap Xposed Module, but it really isn’t the same. Sony’s Stamina Mode is somewhat similar to this although not as extreme, but it still helps to increase the battery life of your smartphone by a lot.
Have you ever used Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode before? I want to hear what you think about it and which situations you feel that it is worth using in.