Samsung Galaxy S II is currently one of the best smartphone in the market which stand tall above most of the other competitor brand like Apple, BlackBerry, Nokia and it is believed to be on-par-with or better than Apple’s latest Phone 4S. Since it was last launch back in the June, Samsung Galaxy S2 has sold more than 10 million units worldwide and it is crown as one of the best Android smartphone to date. In term of the international recognition, Samsung’s GT-I9100 model has even won the title as “Phone of The Year’ by annual T3 award.
So everything seem to be perfect huh for Samsung Galaxy S II? Not really folks, one of the major complaint of Samsung Galaxy S2 is that the battery drain off too quickly. Yes, indeed Samsung Galaxy SII does has a bad battery life. I am experiencing the same problem too as I just got my brand new Samsung Galaxy S2 on last Thurs and one thing I did notice, the battery will get discharge too quickly when I using the device. And it has triggered me to do a lot of research on how I can possibly improve the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S II.
So basically in this post, I will share with you all the research and study I have found so far that will be able to improve and extend the battery life of your Samsung device greatly. Checkout all the tweaks and hacks below on how to increase Samsung Galaxy S2 battery life.
15 Tips How to Improve and Extend Battery Life of Samsung Galaxy S II (2) ~ Android
1. Update the latest stock firmware from Samsung with Samsung Kies
It is believe that the bad battery consumption issue of Samsung Galaxy S II is partly due to the buggy firmware and flashing your device with the latest firmware will ensure that your phone are free from the firmware bugs and improve your battery performance.
2. Reduce display brightness of your screen
Although Samsung Galaxy S2 come with Super AMOLED Plus which is supposedly to reduce your battery consumption but ironically it is one of the biggest battery life eater of your phone. Try to disable Automatic brightness and set it to the lowest level will improve your battery life a lot.
The configuration can be access through ~ >Settings >Display > Brightness (move the bar to the lowest point [far left]
3. Remove unused widget in the menu
You must always remember that the more widget you have, the more battery life will be consumed up especially those widgets that use data connection and auto sync based on schedule. PS: only keep those widgets that you really need.
4. Turn off Bluetooth, GPS when idle
Only turn on Bluetooth and GPS when you need it, otherwise please disable it as it will consume your battery resources. Or please ensure that the charger is hook on your device when you turn on the GPS in the car.
5. Turn off 3G data connection, use Wi-Fi instead
Always gets connected with Wi-Fi when available. 3G data connection consume more battery compare to Wi-Fi connection. Turn off both of them when not needed.
6. Ensure you phone have a good signal as poor signal consume more battery life
When the phone is at the poor receiving end it will tend to use more power than usual to increase its signal strength with the communication tower. So it is always good to make sure that your phone has a good signal reception. You can try to switch to 2G if 3G connection signal in your area is poor.
7. Try to disable / reduce auto-sync whenever possible
All you have learned, data connection does consume lot of your battery life. By disabling the background scheduled auto-sync applications like Facebook, Gmail and Twitter can save your phone lot deal of battery life. If you really have to turn on the auto-sync feature in the phone try to reduce the frequency of auto-sync will also help to improve your phone battery life.
8. Disable new Samsung Apps notification
You can turn off new Samsung Apps notification if you not using it.
The configuration can be access through ~ >Settings >Application > Samsung Apps > Off
9. Turn off motion sensor
Only enable the Samsung Galaxy S2 Motion features that you using and try to disable those you not using like turn over, tilt, panning and double tap, turn them off as it might save your some battery life.
10. Use solid black static wallpaper and no live wallpaper
Most of the phone including Samsung Galaxy S2 Super AMOLED Plus will tend to use less power on just solid black wallpaper than a lively solid white color based wallpaper because there will be almost no backlight on the screen. Please do bear in mind that a lovely animation live wallpaper will even cost you more battery life as ~ CPU power = battery life.
11. Fully close application that not use
Samsung Galaxy S2 is a super multitasking mini computer that come with dual-core processor but running a lot of applications at the background can actually increase your battery usage because they all require your phone CPU processing power. So it is advisable to fully close all the background applications that you not needed.
12. Freeze unused bundle applications
Too many original bundle software running in your Samsung Galaxy S2? Freeze them… Titanium Backup Pro provide a way for you to freeze away all the stock application like Social Hub, Email, Maps that are running and utilizing your phone processing power even when you’r not using them. Ps: Your phone need to be rooted before you can use the Titanium Backup Pro.
13. Undervolt and underclock You 1.2 GHz CPU
Aside from display, Samsung Galaxy S2′s powerful CPU is one of the reason why your battery life eat up so fast. You can just underclock and undervolt it with SetCPU if you don’t need that much of processing power. Ps: Your phone need to be rooted before you can use the SetCPU.
14.Download and install JuiceDefender
With an amazingly over 5,000,000 downloads recorded so far in the Android market, JuiceDefender will definately extend your the battery life of your Samsung Galaxy S2. JuiceDefender pack with powerful and easy to use power manager app that specifically designed to extend the battery life of your Android device. It can automatically and transparently manages the utilisation of your SII battery like when to enable and disable the 3G/4G connectivity and WiFi.
JuiceDefender is available in the Android Market for free and if you would like to have a more powerful (customisable) version you can download the add-on JuiceDefender Ultimate for a small fee of $6.83.
15. Use custom ROM / firmware
Custom ROM / firmware offer a lot of optimization and tweaks to improve the performance of your battery life. You can try it out if you feel that after you have tried out all the tips above and your battery still draining too fast. But please be reminded that flashing a custom ROM / firmware will be voiding the warranty provided by Samsung.
Please let me know if there are other tips and tweaks to improve battery life of Samsung Galaxy S2 or any Android device that I have missed out.