The new Samsung Galaxy S20 and all its variants have a powerful battery. It natural to expect a high capacity battery for the device that powerful; and Samsung delivers. But we all use our phone differently and for some of us, the provided battery might still not be enough. But there are things you can do (more likely disable) to maximize the battery life on you Galaxy S20, S20 +, and S20 Ultra. Here’s how to fix battery drain on Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra.
Fix battery drain on Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra
Turn off 120Hz Refresh Rate
The S20 and its variants come with a smooth 120 Hz display. S20 series is the first from Samsung to sport a 120 Hz display, so people want to experience how smooth it makes the UI experience. The screen is set to 60Hz by default so to activate the 120 Hz, you can either use the phone on max brightness or enable it from the developer options.
If you have turned the 120 Hz option on, and you probably did, you might want to turn it off as it drains a lot of battery. I know it’s a bummer but if you value battery life and cannot always charge it, it is best if you stick to the 60 Hz refresh rate. When you’re on weekend or on a day when you might not have to use your phone a lot, you can enable the 120Hz option.
Turn off Always On Display
The small things when used a lot can have significant effects. I’m referring to the Always On Display feature that the Samsung Galaxy S20 series has. It might be insignificant, but at the end of the day, it’ll still drain a significant amount of battery. You might want to turn off the AoD on the days you need to use your phone a lot. Or you can enable a feature that will enable AoD only when you tap on the screen.
Go to Settings > Lock Screen > Always on Display > select tap on Show. With this option enabled, you can still use the fully-featured AoD and still save a lot of battery. Now, only when you tap on the screen the contents will show up. You can slow use the option “Show as scheduled” to schedule AoD to show the contents at a particular time of day. Or you can disable it completely by tapping on the toggle next to Always On Display.
Use Power Saving
This is the best way to get more out of the battery. There are various modes you can use to save the phone’s battery life. Go to Settings > Device Care > Battery to get started. The default mode that your phone will be on is Optimized mode. But to actually save some juice, you might want to look at two other battery modes – medium power-saving and maximum power saving.
The medium power-saving mode will save a little bit more battery than the default mode without affecting the performance drastically. When enabled, it will disable Always On Display, reduces CPU performance by 30%, decreases the screen brightness by 10 %, and sets the screen to FDH. The maximum power-saving mode will turn off a ton of options and enable dark mode to maximize battery life. This should be used as a last resort to get more out of low battery as it will turn off everything that makes your phone “smart”.
Other things to consider
- Turn off 5G if you’re not using it.
- Disable or uninstall unused apps.