How To Improve Samsung Galaxy Note Battery Life


29.12.2011

How To Improve Samsung Galaxy Note Battery Life

In Spetember 2011 Samsung announced that they are preparing a smartphone with a huge display. No one thought that Galaxy Note’s display will be so big that you would even call it a tablet. Anyway Samsung Galaxy Note is placed somewhere at the border between tablets and smartphones, and that because of the 5.3-inch display, which is to big for a smartphone and to small for a tablet.

As you probably know, Samsung Galaxy Note is a smartphone that is powered by a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Exynos chipset, it has 16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM, and 8MP primary camera, with autofocus, LED flash, and 1020p full HD video recording support.

But that’s not all, as the main strength (or weakness) of the  Samsung Galaxy Note is it’s 5.3-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, protected by Gorilla Glass technology. I said strength because it’s great to watch movies on that display and do anything media-related using a Galaxy Note. Weakness? Because Galaxy Note it’s a little bit to big to fit in your pocket.

Anyway, all those features, mostly the display and the dual-core CPU require lots of energy, energy that is provided by a Li-Ion 2,500 mAh battery that is able to keep the Note alive for up to 960 h (2G) / up to 820 h (3G) in stand by and provide up to 26 h 10 min (2G) / up to 13 h 30 min (3G) of talk time.

Many would like their Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery life improved, that’s why we thought this tutorial might come in help and increase their smartphone’s autonomy. It’s easy to extend your Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery life if you know some simple, basic tricks.

Because it’s and Android-powered device, Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery life can be easily improved by following a set of instructions, mostly based on reducing the power consumption of the big battery eaters and by properly charging and maintaining the battery on the long run.

Samsung Galaxy Note Big Battery Eaters

The smartphones are integrating more and more technology and some of the features your device comes with are eating a lot of battery. Some of the most important are the 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and Camera.

The 3G have been launched by most of the mobile operators, but few of us use this feature frequently. So, it’s best to turn it off, deselecting the Dual Network option, which uses the 3G every time available. The Dual Network Mode also eats a lot of your Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery, mostly because of the 2G to 3G toggling and because the device is constantly searching for 3G network availability. So, if you want to improve yourSamsung Galaxy Note battery life and you are not using 3G frequently, switch your device in GSM Mode. Do this by going to Applications > Settings > Wireless & Network > Mobile networks > Network mode. Here choose GSM only option instead of Dual and WCDMA.

Even though you might say that the automatic mode is a battery saver, it’s wrong, mostly because the Samsung Galaxy Note has to constantly turn on and off the 3G network and also search for 3G availability. In order to switch your Samsung Galaxy Note to GSM only mode you will have to go to Home > Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network >Mobile Networks > Network Mode and choose the “GSM only” option by taping on it.

Also keep the WiFi and Bluetooth disabled when you are not using neither of them, as they too drain a lot of battery, so with them disabled you will be able to notice that your Samsung Galaxy Note battery life will considerably improve.

Both the Camera and the GPS eat a lot of battery when enabled, so turning them off when not in use is the best you can do. The GPS can be disabled from Home > Applications > Location and Security and uncheck the “Use GPS satelites” option. When your Samsung Galaxy Note battery level is low is advisable not to use the Camera feature, as it drains your battery fast.

Smart-charge Your Samsung Galaxy Note Battery

Even though most of the smartphones users tend to neglect the way they charge their devices, it’s very important to know how you charge your Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery. It’s best not to overcharge your Samsung Galaxy Note battery as it takes at most three hours for the battery to recharge, so it’s advisable not to leave your phone plugged in to the charger over night, as this might ruin your battery on the long way.

If you want to increase your Samsung Galaxy Note battery life, it’s important to charge your device only when the battery level drops under the 10% level. Anyway, it’s understandable to charge your Samsung Galaxy Note battery above the 10% level if you let’s say want to go out and you know that the battery won’t last until you get back home. But don’t let it happen to often. Each battery have a charging pattern, and most of them are optimized to store maximum of power when they are charged below the 10% level.

Also use the original AC charger you received with your Samsung Galaxy Note for a better charging and an increased battery life. Some users tend to use the USB cable to charge their device, which is not good for the health of your battery. The electric power coming from your USB port fluctuates and this might damage your Samsung Galaxy Note battery, as well make it not to store the maximum of energy. Charging your Samsung Galaxy Note?s battery via the USB data cable plugged in to your PC / Laptop. It’s best to use the factory AC Charger for this action, also being the method the manufacturer recommends. In fact it was proven that charging your battery using the USB cable it damages your battery’s capacity in the long run.

The battery charging pattern is very important when it comes to battery life. So, improve your Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery life by “smart charging” it. Don’t charge your device too frequently. It’s not recommended to charge your Samsung Galaxy Note if the battery level haven’t dropped below 10%. Anyway it’s understandable to recharge your device if you want to, let’s say, go out and you are sure that your battery won’t last until you come back, but don’t do that often. Once more, it’s best to charge your Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery only when it dropped under the 10% threshold.

Samsung Galaxy Note Battery Maintenance

How you take care of your battery is also important on the long term. Even though this informations will not help you increase the time that your Samsung Galaxy Note battery stays charge, it will help you get the maximum of the battery for a long time.

As you probably noticed, the Samsung Galaxy Note battery has some golden pins at one end. Actually they are some contacts that sent the power from the battery to your device. By pulling the battery out to often the pins get loose, affecting your Samsung Galaxy Note battery life, as they won’t connect with the socket.

Also, we recommend your that from time to time to clean the golden pins of your Samsung Galaxy Note battery. Do this once in two month, and use a dry cloth and gently rub the pins to remove dust, or any alien parts, for a better contact. If by some reason you are changing the battery of your Samsung Galaxy Note with a new one, always buy an original battery, specifically developed for your device model.

Do not put any other objects in the Samsung Galaxy Note battery compartment, like SIM cards or I-don’t-know-what thin objects. As you probably noticed, the battery generates heat when at work, and it will need the room you are filling with other objects to dissipate the head. Also Be careful not to expose your battery to extreme temperatures, like under the direct sunlight or extreme cold. Either way, hot temperature or cold temperatures will instant ruin your battery.

Do Note Use Samsung Galaxy Note Live Wallpapers

We all like our devices to look cool and the Android Live Wallpapers help a lot in making your Samsung Galaxy Note look nice. But the Live Wallpapers also drain your battery faster when activated, so it’s recommended to use a wallpaper with no animations.  So, if you want to improve your Samsung Galaxy Note ’ battery life, it’s best to use regular wallpapers.

But if you want to further save battery, use darker wallpapers. Bright wallpapers drain your battery faster because the battery will have to burn the pixels to make them glow, so a bright screen also means shorter battery life. If you say no to live wallpapers you will be able to improve your Samsung Galaxy Note battery life by 5%. Now go ahead and select the best wallpaper for your phone’s battery.

The screen brightness eats battery, so the brighter the screen is the shortest the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy Note will be. It’s advisable to keep the screen brightness as low as possible, and not to use the “Automatic brightness adjustment” option. To turn this option off, go to Home > Applications > Settings > Sound and Display > Brightness.

Once here, set the brightness at an acceptable level, and tap on the “Automatic brightness adjustment” to disable it. This feature eats lot of your battery mostly because it will have to constantly find the perfect brightness level depending on the light conditions.

Use Samsung Galaxy Note Power Control Widget

As you probably know, Samsung Galaxy Note is using Android 2.3 Gingerbread as OS. So on any of your homescreens you will be able to choose from different windgets. Wi Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync and Screen Brightness are the biggest battery drainers, so it’s recommended to have them turned off every time they are not in use, and that’s what the Power Control windget does for you.

The Power Control Widget comes very handy when it comes to fast enable / disable the big battery eaters on your Samsung Galaxy Note. With Power Control widget on any of your Samsung Galaxy Note homescreens you will be able to quickly turn on or of big battery eaters like 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, or GPS. With this widget you will also be able to control the screen brightness of your Samsung Galaxy Note.

To install the Power Control Widget all you have to do is tap and hold on a clear area of any of your homescreens. Then a “Add to Home screen” window should appear. Go to Android Widgets and locate the one called “Power Control,” then move it to the homescrieen you want it to have it on.

Smart-use The Applications On Samsung Galaxy Note

Android’s multi-tasking feature also eats a lot of your battery. So, it’s best to close all the apps after you used them. You should use a task killer app in order to help you close the apps without much of an effort. If you ask us, we recommend you Advanced Task Killer, which you can download and install on yourSamsung Galaxy Note for free from the Android Market.

Upgrade Your Galaxy Note To The Right Android Firmware

Using the right Android Firmware for your Samsung Galaxy Note also helps you save battery. Whether you will go for Android 2.3.5 or Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread it will help you improve your device’s battery life. Here at Mobile-Review.ws we tried both, so we noticed that Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread is the one that saves the most battery. We recommend you Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, as it’s the firmware that saves the most battery life, even though the difference is not huge. We believe that Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread keeps your battery charged for a longer time mostly because it’s more stable than other available firmwares. Anyway, whether you opt for Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread or Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, you will be able to notice the improvements by yourself.

I hope all the informations on how to increase Samsung Galaxy Note battery life were useful to you, and if you know even more ways to save battery life on your device, please share them with us and the fellow Samsung Galaxy Note owners in the comments area below. Anyway by following the tips shown in this tutorial we estimate that your Samsung Galaxy Note battery life will increase about 20-30%.

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