Samsung Galaxy S3 was introduced on May 3rd at Samsung Unpacked event in London and it’s a serious competitor for the “Smartphone of the Year 2012” award.
Samsung’s new flagship packs a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad chipset, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal flash storage, a front-facing 1.9 megapixel 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.
The crown jewel of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, protected by Gorilla Glass 2 coating, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.
In terms of connectivity it comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot with support for up to 64 GB, microUSB 2.0, NFC chip, HSDPA (up to 21 Mbps), and support for 4G LTE networks (where available).
All these are powered by a Li-Ion 2100 mAh battery and even though Samsung announced the new Exynos 4 quad is more battery friendly than its dual-core predecessor, some of the Samsung Galaxy S3 owners might want to further improve the battery life of their device.
The following tutorial on how to improve Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life will help you keep your beloved smartphone “awake” longer. Here are a few tips that will help you extend the autonomy of your Galaxy S3.
Smart-charge Samsung Galaxy S3 battery
Each rechargeable battery, whether it’s fitted inside a laptop, tablet, mp3 player or smartphone it has a charging pattern, and Samsung Galaxy S3’s battery makes no difference. We recommend you to charge the battery of your Samsung Galaxy S3 only when below the 10% level.
The batteries are created to store the maximum of power when the level drops below 10%. Also, don’t overcharge the battery of your Samsung Galaxy S3, so living it plugged in to a power source over night it’s not a good idea. It usually takes as longs as three hours for the battery to make a complete recharge.
Use the original AC charger you received in the Samsung Galaxy S3 package to recharge the battery. Some smartphone owners are using the USB cable to recharge their smartphones, which affects the battery life of their devices, mostly because the of the power fluctuations in the computer’s USB slot.
If by any reason you have to buy a new charger for your Samsung Galaxy S3, always go for the genuine Samsung charger, because the manufacturer optimized it for the battery model placed inside your device.
Samsung Galaxy S3 battery maintenance
Even though the following set of tips will not help you improve the autonomy of your smartphone’s battery, it comes in handy if you want to keep the battery healthy for long.
The contacts of the Samsung Galaxy S3’s battery are placed at one end and you will be able to easily recognize them as they look as some golden pins. We recommend you to grab a dry cloth and smoothly clean them once in a while, once in a couple of months, let’s say. It’s equally important not two pull out your Samsung Galaxy S3’s battery to often as the golden pins get loose and the battery won’t charge properly anymore.
If you decide to buy a new battery for you Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone always choose a genuine product, created for your smartphone model.
Samsung Galaxy S3 big battery eaters
There are a lot of battery eaters inside your Samsung Galaxy S3, but by far the most power avid components are the CPU, the display, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Camera and the modem.
Since you can’t control how much battery your CPU drains the power consumption of the rest of the big battery eaters can be controlled and brought to a minimum.
First up, we would recommend you to turn off the 3G data connection when you are not using it. With the 3G network mode activated the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S3 will diminish with about 18%. Thus, right after you finished using the data connection you can turn it of by going to Home > Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network >Mobile Networks > Network Mode and select GSM Only.
Even though you might be tempted to believe that the Automatic mode is a battery saver, I would tell you quite the contrary. This network mode will constantly search and switch between 2G and 3G networks which, of course, drains your Samsung Galaxy S3 battery even faster than the WDCMA mode.
The display also drains your battery, thus the brighter it is the more battery will be eaten. Now go to Home > Applications > Settings > Sound and Display > Brightness and set the display brightness to an acceptable level, keeping one thing in mind: a darker display will extend the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S3. Make sure you untick the Automatic brightness option. This function works in a similar way to the Automatic network mode. It uses the light sensors placed on the front of your Galaxy S3 and automatically adjusts the brightness level of the display, but this process will make nothing more than drain the battery faster.
After you used the WiFi or the Bluetooth functions, don’t forget to turn them off. We’d also recommend you to disable the GPS when not in use and you can do this by heading to Home > Applications > Location and Security; once there uncheck the “Use GPS satelites” option.
The 8 megapixel camera is also a big battery eater and it also comes with a LED flash that helps it drain your battery. No, I will not recommend you not to use the camera, but I would suggest you to avoid using it when the battery level of your Samsung Galaxy S3 is low, unless you have to take a very important picture like a meteorite the size of Texas hitting the Earth or some friendly aliens standing in line to buy tacos.
Do not use Live Wallpapers on your Samsung Galaxy S3
Even though the Live Wallpapers are pretty cool because they are animated, you probably guessed they are messing up with your battery life. Go for a simple wallpaper preferably a darker one. Let me explain you why. The brighter wallpaper areas are lighted by pixels which are powered up by your Samsung Galaxy S3 battery. Thus, the more brighter areas the wallpaper has the more pixels will have to be lit up and more battery will be drained. Summing up a darker wallpaper will have less areas where the battery has to power lit up pixels, thus the energy stored in the battery can be used to perform other tasks.
Avoid using third party task killers on your Samsung Galaxy S3
The general belief is that the third party task killers are helping users clear the RAM and save battery life. In fact they won’t help you at all, plus they will bit a large chunk of your battery life. The task killers are constantly searching to see which processes are opened in background and this action does nothing more than using the CPU and RAM, draining the battery of your Galaxy S3.
Since Samsung Galaxy S3 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich it will also sport the amazing built-in advanced task manager, which can be accessed by long pressing the Home button. Use it anytime you want, swiping away any unwanted app running in background and you will never need another task killer. To be honest, ICS’s multitasking management is the greatest one around.
That would be all for now, but if you know some more tips that could help your fellow Samsung Galaxy S3 owners increase the battery life of their smartphones, feel free to share them with us in the comments section bellow. Anyway after following the tips above you will be able to make your Galaxy S3 30% more battery efficient.