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How To Increase Samsung Galaxy Note Battery Life

Samsung Galaxy Note was introduced in October 2011 and it features a huge 5.3-inch display which places the device at the border between smartphones and tablets.

Galaxy Note sports a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 1,280 pixels, a 1.4 GHz Exynos ARM Cortex A9 chipset, member of the dual core tribe, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal flash storage, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and an 8 megapixel camera mounted on the back of the device with autofocus, LED flash and support for full HD video recording.

Galaxy Note’s connectivity options include HSDPA (up to 21 Mbps), HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps), WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB 2.0. The 5.3-inch device is powered by a  Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery.

Even though Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery is a lot bigger than the one of a regular smartphone, some users have complained about the battery life of the Samsung’s tablet – smarptohne hybrid. The dual-core processor and the huge display are Note’s major battery eaters, fortunately there are few tips that can help you increase the battery life of your device.

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.

We recommend you to always turn off the 3G when you are not using it. The Dual Network Mode also eats a lot of your Samsung Galaxy Note’s battery, 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 go to Applications > Settings > Wireless & Network > Mobile networks > Network mode and choose the GSM only option.

Also keep the WiFi and Bluetooth disabled when you are not using anyof them, as they drain a lot of battery, too. 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. 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 very fast.

Smart-charge Your Samsung Galaxy Note Battery

Even though most of the smartphones users are neglecting 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. 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. Each battery has 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. Charging your device using the USB data cable plugged in to the computer is not good for the health of the battery. The electric power coming from your USB port fluctuates and this might damage your Samsung Galaxy Note battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note Battery Maintenance

As you probably noticed, the Samsung Galaxy Note battery has some golden pins at one end. Actually they are some contacts that send 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 you to clean the golden pins of your Samsung Galaxy Note battery from time to time. 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.

Do Not Use Samsung Galaxy Note Live Wallpapers

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 ’s battery life, it’s best to use regular wallpapers. But if you want to further save battery, use darker wallpapers.

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.

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.

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 any of your device’s homescreens.

Upgrade Your Galaxy Note To The Latest 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 it will help you improve your device’s battery life, as each firmware updates comes with tweaks that improve the battery life.

I hop the tutorial on how to increase Samsung Galaxy Note battery life was 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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  • Sandy

    Hi Liv,

    Thanks a lot for explaining Note battery maintenance tips. Its a good idea do few charge-discharge cycles for the new battery to make it stable for extended use. I just got my new note last week and I’m enjoying it, amazing phablet 🙂

    keep up the good work.


  • bigassphones

    thanks. some useful tips

  • rishan

    if i make full charge how many days i can use it

    • ravelaar

      If you put brightness on high and play games and surf the web maybe just 1 day but if u use everage with brightness low maybe 2 days. Brightness is realy important. It use at least 60% of the batery. I would realy charge it every day becous if you missed 1 day u will have death betery next day and then at a moment you can’t miss your phone.

    • loller

      You will get at best 14 hours if you dont use your phone, 2 hours if you do…..it is the best phone ever for battery life! lol

  • Paul

    Terrible EnglIsh!

    • MyTechGuys

      Check your spelling. Terrible spelling!!!

      • galaxy10.1user

        Terrible Punctuation.

        This is a brilliant article, regardless of grammatical error.


  • ihatemyphone

    Buy this phone if you like having a phone that doesn’t have any power.. Complete crap.

    • In most tests it’s number 2 in battery life, after the RAZR maxx.

  • Webby

    The Galaxy Note is a great phone except for the battery life. I use mine quite heavily, and am lucky if I get a full day (waking hours of course). If you’re a power user – as I would be if the battery life was any good – you’ll be out of luck.

    I went into a Samsung shop to get some advice from the phone guy there about how to improve battery life. He said that a day at the most was usual and the only way you’ll get more than a day is to have a spare battery at hand.

    • I usually get up to 2 days of battery life. Though you really have to follow this guide.

  • MyTechGuys

    All the Tech Advisors suggested that Turn Off Wifi, GPS, No Live Wallpaper and ect…Then why would the Samsung engineerings not think about it before they let the products roll out in the market. Why would they designed those stuffs if they knew the battery couldn’t handle it??? Unlike iphones, they never had such problem and even though they have million apps out there. I had my Galaxy Note for 3 weeks and very disappointed. I have it fully charged and when I woke up in the morning, the battery was completly drained out. I turned Wifi Off, GPS, and any active activities.

    • amy

      help me. i have to charge my note for 6-7 hours to get fully charged. how could it be?

    • John Stanley

      There is a problem with your battery, my note lasts at least a day even with Wifi, GPS enabled, and I don’t even have power saving enabled, or you have widgets that are constantly pulling data or sending data (if it’s spyware), google-now seems to be a battery hog for me, disabled this and things are much better.

      Running Jellybean.. 🙂

  • Thanks a lot…hope this works for my mobile battery life….

  • eric

    the way to all a full 2 days of battery life out the galaxy note is to buy a 3rd party highend battery the 2500 mh battery will not last if you are a power user. I use a 5000 mh battery and i get about 2 to 3 days of power use. the only problem is you have to order the back with the battery because the battery is big. but is works.

    • Raghav

      from where we can buy 5000mah battery .

      • tonkaa


  • michaelsammler

    Great tips. Really useful. Unfortunately I can’t stand using the beautiful screen at lower brightness so I keep the brightness maxed and bought a spare battery and the Samsung battery charger/stand.
    Is it a bad idea to leave the Samsung battery charger plugged in all night charging the spare battery?

  • repoir

    wow this article is wrong at almost everything!

  • Taurus

    I do not agree with the post entirely. I get a day and a half with full charge and moderate use. My WiFi is on, data is on for around 8 hours, Bluetooth is on for 4 hours (driving). I have owned Samsung devices for a few years now and once you get to ‘know them’ Apple seems last century! Here are a few tricks that I learnt through my experience: 1. Recalibrate the battery. There is help available online. You need to drain the battery, take it out, put it back in, charge it to full while the phone is switched off, then unplug and switch the phone on, use it for a minute, recharge to 100%. 2. use auto brightness. 3. check the signal, low signal is the worst of them all (apart from gaming). In a bad signal area, I only manage 3/4 day but in decent signal, I get over a day! Samsungs are lovely devices and Note is amazing. I uave used iPhone before but I cant even think about going back to Apple. All the best guys.

  • Gustavo

    Also, if you don’t expect calls or messages after you go to sleep you can turn it off or put it in airplane mode, only this will save you around 30% of battery life overnight. Another thing you can do is use the power saving feature when you don’t need something very demanding going on in your galaxy note

  • Supanee Suwat

    Not in the least helpful, thanks. The NOTE has many problems, and neither Samsung nor anyone else seems to have the answer as to why some of them guzzle power so heavily they die after a few hours. The famous “screen flicker” due to bad battery, is not always the answer, because even a brand new Samsung Battery does not cure the problem. The battery charge level is wrongly detected and erratic. On some, dropping the phone on its back onto a hard floor from 12″ will fix the charging problem immediately.

    Let’s have some real answers from you geeks and not “battery life will improve vastly if you don’t use the phone” ……