It’s no secret that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the best smartphones on the market today. The phone is packed with a ton of features and technology, including the 3,000 mAh battery. At first, your phone probably charged until the battery was full and then lasted through the entire day. Now, though, you’ve noticed that the battery drains quickly and takes several hours – sometimes even all night – to charge. This guide will help you get the most out of your Galaxy S7 battery once again.
Figure Out Which Apps Are Draining the Battery
When your battery is running down quickly, it’s a good idea to check out which apps are draining it. Both third-party applications and native apps can be to blame. The more you use an app, the more it’s going to drain your battery. However, sometimes other issues can be causing the app to eat up your battery life. When you look at the list of apps that are using battery life, determine if any of them are out of the ordinary. For example, if there’s an app you don’t use a lot that’s still draining the battery, you’ll want to either uninstall it or reinstall it to get the kinks worked out.
Clean the Phone’s USB Charging Port
A commonly overlooked problem is the cleanliness of the charging port. A dirty charging port can seriously affect battery life. Debris, lint or dirt can block the connection, making it difficult to get a good charge. It’s important to regularly clean and protect the charging port of your Galaxy S7. In order to clear the debris away, use a small needle or a paper clip to gently clean the USB charging port. It’s important to be careful in order to not damage the port. Check out our Samsung S7 Dust Plugs to protect your internal components and prevent dirt and grime from causing the issue in the first place.
Adjust the Screen Settings to Save Battery Life
The Galaxy S7 comes with a convenient large screen, but that screen is also eating up a lot of the battery life. The more games you play and videos you watch, the quicker your battery will drain. Head into Settings, then choose Display and Brightness to adjust the screen settings. Auto mode will conserve battery, but the constant changing won’t save the battery life as well as if you just set the screen to around 40% brightness.
In addition to brightness, you can also change the amount of time that your screen will stay on for before turning off. The default is one minute, but if you lower that to 30 seconds, you’ll notice that you get more battery life out of a single charge. Change the Screen Timeout option to a lower setting than the one you currently use.
Turn Off Bluetooth and WiFi
When you’re not using Bluetooth or WiFi, it’s best to turn them off. When they’re turned on, your phone constantly searches for a device or a signal to connect to. While you should use WiFi whenever possible, because it uses less energy than when you connect to your cellular network, if you’re not in a place where you’re getting steady WiFi, opt to turn it off.
Turn Off Location Services
Just like Bluetooth and WiFi, when your Location Services are on, your phone constantly searches for your location. While Google Maps and social media apps can conveniently find your location when you want them to, it’s best to turn off Location Services whenever you don’t need them. Go to Settings, then Privacy and Safety. Choose Location and then Location Method. Set Battery Saver to on and only turn it off when you need an app to find your location.
Change to a Dark Wallpaper
The Samsung phone’s display consumes power in different ways depending on the color of the wallpaper. Using a black or dark wallpaper can save your battery life more than if you have a bright wallpaper. Download a dark wallpaper, then go to Settings, Personal, Wallpaper and From Gallery to set it.
Decide Which Features You Don’t Need
The Galaxy S7 has a ton of useful features, but if you’re not regularly utilizing them, they’re simply draining your battery life for no reason. For example, one feature lets you take a screenshot by swiping your hand over the screen. This is convenient for people who take a lot of screenshots, but if you don’t, it’s needlessly draining your battery. To turn off the features you don’t need, go to Settings and Advanced Features.
Reboot the Galaxy S7 to Improve Battery Life
If you can’t seem to figure out what’s draining the battery, rebooting your phone could fix the problem. For example, you may have opened an app that you forgot about. Rebooting the phone will shut down apps and give your phone a fresh start. In order to restart your phone, press and hold the power button, then choose the “Restart” option.
When All Else Fails, Do a Factory Reset
If nothing has seemed to work, it may be time for a factory reset. Keep in mind that this should be an absolutely last resort. Factory resets are troublesome because it will completely restore your phone to how it was when you first got it. That means that all of your apps, customizations, photos, music and contacts will be deleted. It’s important to backup your information before the factory reset. Otherwise, you’ll lose everything!