The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung?s first ever smartphone model to incorporate a metallic frame. While the handset is equipped with impressive features like a fast Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset and 12-megapixel camera, one of the major drawbacks is the less than ideal 1,860 mAh battery.
That?s all the more reason to be familiar with ways on how you can efficiently use and extend its battery life. Here are some of the best tips we?ve gathered from around the web.
Change your Samsung Galaxy Alpha screen?s color profile
Handsets furnished with Super AMOLED displays like the Galaxy Alpha can benefit a lot if the wallpaper or color profile used is black or dark-themed. There are a number of apps that allows you to change a handset?s color profile but this model offers a native way on how you can do it. Head to Settings > Display > then choose Screen Mode. From there you will be able to choose from four different profiles.
Switch from 4G to 2G Connectivity:
Apart from the display or screen brightness, another major power-hungry feature for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the 4G LTE connectivity. CellphoneForums.net suggests that you switch to 2G networks in situations where you don?t have to use a really fast connection. Do it by navigating to Settings > Network Connections > More Networks > Mobile Networks > Network Mode. If you want to restrict your phone to 2G networks, you should tick the box next ?GSM only. Tap on ?LTE / WCDMA / GSM (auto connect)? if you need to revert back to LTE.
Ultra Power Saving Mode
If the usual Power Saving Mode is not enough to let your Samsung Galaxy Alpha last until you find a wall socket, there?s an even more efficient Ultra Power Saving Mode to activate. However, this mode drastically limit your phone?s performance and limit your device to a number of working apps and features. You can enable it by heading to Settings > System > Power Saving > then choose ?Ultra Power saving mode.? You may select which apps to run in this mode by tapping on the ?+? sign.
Best Practices for Battery Charging
Samsung has also posted their own guideline on how users can best charge their Samsung Galaxy Alpha handsets. Check out the following:
- Verify you are using the supplied USB/charging cable and not third-party accessories.
- Ensure the USB/charging cable is connected securely and is not being blocked by a cover or case.
- Check to see whether a battery or charging indicator appears on the device’s display when the USB/charging cable is plugged in.
- Charge using a wall outlet, not a computer, for best results.
- When the battery is fully charged, disconnect the device from the USB/charging cable.
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