Galaxy S20: 6 tips to milk every last drop of battery life from your new cell phone – CNET

Galaxy S20: 6 tips to milk every last drop of battery life from your new cell phone – CNET


the battery life is something that is of interest to us all. Here’s what you can do to improve it. 

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Samsung’s shiny new Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and  are stacked in aS20 Ultra with new features like an improved camera that can record 8K video, a 120-Hz display, and 5G connectivity. There is only one problem: All of these tools, drain the battery faster, and you can, with battery life not living up to your expectations, especially if you are upgrading from a Galaxy S10 or note 10

This is not totally unexpected. For example, our Tests,, with the 120-Hz display setting on the Galaxy S20 a burden for your battery, because it refreshes each pixel in your mobile display screen 120 times per second instead of 60 times a second. Also, all it takes is a poorly chosen setting or a rogue app that will send you reaching for a charger before the end of the day. 

the following are some tips to help you get the most out of your S20 battery.


The S20 display can be set to 120Hz, but mindful of the life of the battery. 

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you are Using the 120 Hz screen setting carefully

The 120Hz refresh rate for all the Galaxy-S20-mobile phones is a headlining feature, but Samsung warns that more battery power is, and so we do. How much? It depends on you. I’ve been testing the S20 Plus for a few days and be able to get activated through a whole day with 120Hz, but the S20 Ultra not fare as well in our review.

My advice? Use the 120 Hz option anyway. I find that scrolling through Twitter is jitter-free and fast-just faster than with the standard-a to switch between apps refresh rate to 60 Hz that most of the phones use. But if the battery life problems, switch back to 60Hz. 


Dark mode is the way to go. 

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Dark mode is your friend, really

Dark mode is a setting in Android 10, provides normally a white screens black and the black text white. Certain apps have used it for years, but it is not the part of the mobile operating system software. The display darker images and backgrounds that consumes less energy, and it happens, look cool and are easy on the eye.

dark mode on all the time by clicking on settings > Display and select the Dark at the top of the screen. If you would like to use it only at night, or on a set schedule, select the Dark mode settings , and adjust as you see fit. Alternatively, you can toggle the dark mode on and off in the quick settings panel. 

s20 display resolution

With all those pixels, that you can take your life of the battery in one fell swoop. 

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do not use the screen, full resolution

The Galaxy S20 display the full WQHD+ resolution is a stunning 3,200×1,440 pixels. It is funny to see, but it also strains the battery of your phone. In fact, one of the first things that Samsung’s own energy-saving-do modes, the reduction of the screen resolution. 

Realistic, using the Standard FHD + resolution of 2,400×1,080-Pixel is more than good enough for most of us. 

If you have switched to WQHD+, and experience, poor battery life, switch back to HD+ in the settings > Display > Screen resolution


the brightness, your battery can be set drain, as well as. 

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disable adaptive brightness

your screen brightness also drain your battery. By default, the enabled adaptive brightness tracks all the adjustments you can make, together with the respective light conditions, and makes similar changes in the future. So, if you are outside in the bright sun, the screen is automatically brighter as a result.

If you find it, adaptive brightness is too aggressive, you can disable it by clicking on settings > Display and toggle the switch next to Adaptive brightness, to the Off position. 

as soon As he is off, your screen brightness with the slider in the settings and notifications shade. They let you keep the display as weak as you want, save battery life in the process. 


There is a lot of information about your battery usage on the S20, you just have to know where to look. 

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Check the battery usage and adjustments

over-Zealous apps running in the background, for no reason, can also have an impact on the life of the battery. The Software functions in your phone, monitor which apps you use often and which rarely. Then it will use this information to apps to “sleep” in essence, you run to stop of in the background until you open it. 

Check the impact on the battery life of apps in the settings > equipment maintenance > battery > battery life. If you select an app or apps that you want to be more battery than you, you have it in the list, and turn on the Put the app to sleep


have no fear, switching to a power saving mode if you need to squeeze every last minute out of the battery. 

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take advantage of power modes

If you find yourself in a situation to recharge without the means to your phone, use one of the power modes. You can open settings > equipment maintenance > battery > Power mode

The default setting of Optimize, giving you a healthy mix of performance and preserve battery life. However, you can get more aggressive with a Medium or Maximum energy saving mode. 

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the Medium power saving, for example, turn off some features such as the always-on-display, throttle the processor performance to 70%, low brightness and set the screen resolution to QHD+. Maximum power everything, except the screen resolution on the HD+. You can also change the settings for each option, the be more restrictive. 

For further help with Samsung the latest mobile phone, check out our Galaxy S20-tips. See what happens when we drop tested the Galaxy S20 and be sure to check out our Galaxy S20-review, or our Galaxy S20 Ultra-review.

Released on Sat, 14 Mar 2020 10:00:01 +0000

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