How To Extend Samsung Galaxy Nexus Battery Life
Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone comes with support for 2G and 3G networks, a dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 446 processor and it runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsung Galaxy Nexus has 16 GB of internal storage memory, and 1 GB of RAM. Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.
As about Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ connectivity, we should mention that the smartphone comes with GPRS, HSDPA, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, a microUSB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm jack. Among the other treats of the Google’s smartphone is the 5MP camera with autofocus and a LED flash, which can record 1080p full HD videos at 30 fps.
But if you got your hands on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus you should have noticed that the battery life of the smartphone is not so great, despite the fact it has 1,750 mAh Li-Ion battery. But fortunately there are ways to increase Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery life. So we thought that the following tutorial on how to increase Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery it might be useful to you.
Smart-charge Your Samsung Galaxy Nexus Battery
Even though most of the smartphones user tend to neglect the way they charge their devices, it’s very important how you charge your Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery. It’s best not to overcharge your Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 run.
If you want to increase your Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery life, it’s important to charge your device only when the battery level drops under the 10% threshold. Anyway, it’s understandable to charge your Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Nexus 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 Nexus battery, as well make it not to store the maximum of energy.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Nexus battery stays charge, it will help you get the maximum of the battery for a long time.
As you probably noticed, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Nexus 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 Nexus battery. Do this once in two months, 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 Nexus 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 Nexus 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.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Service eats a lot of battery, and with this service activated, your Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery will last considerably less. So, we recommend you to turn off the 3G when you are not using it, and stay on the GSM Mode network. It’s best to use the GSM only mode, not the WCDMA or automatic mode.
Even though you might say that the automatic mode is a battery saver, it’s wrong, mostly because the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has to constantly turn on and off the 3G network and also search for 3G availability. In order to switch your Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Nexus 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 Nexus battery level is low is advisable not to use the Camera feature, as it drains your battery fast.
Say No to Samsung Galaxy NexusLive Wallpapers
We all like our devices to look cool and the Android Live Wallpapers help a lot in making your Samsung Galaxy Nexus look nice. But the Live Wallpapers also drain your battery faster when activated, so it’s recommended to use a wallpaper with no animations. The darker the wallpaper the better. Light wallpapers means that the display of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will have to light up more pixels, and this will drain the battery faster.
The screen brightness eats battery, so the brighter the screen is the shortest the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Power Control Widget
The Power Control Widget comes very handy when it comes to fast enable / disable the big battery eaters on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus. With Power Control widget on any of your Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Nexus.
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.
I hope all the informations on how to increase Samsung Galaxy Nexus 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 Nexus owners in the comments area below. Anyway by following the tips shown in this tutorial we estimate that your Samsung Galaxy Nexus battery life will increase about 20-30%.