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Galaxy Note 5 battery tips: get more from Samsung's latest phablet

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 offers pretty decent battery life, but there are ways to improve it. All it takes is a few smart adjustments. Read on to find out some of our best tips for improving battery life on the Galaxy Note 5, and how to make the most of its charging features.

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These are our best Samsung Galaxy Note 5 battery tips. / © ANDROIDPIT

Reduce display brightness

The display is the biggest source of battery drain on any smartphone, so it’s wise to keep its brightness as low as possible. Adjust the screen brightness manually as required, rather using the automatic brightness setting, for the best results. You can also set the display to turn off more quickly when not in use. You can find both the brightness setting and the screen timeout setting in the display section of the overall settings menu.

If you want to dim your display even more than normal, hit the link to find out how.

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The shorter the screen-out time and lower the brightness, the longer the battery will last. / © ANDROIDPIT

Investigate battery abnormalities

The Galaxy Note 5’s 'battery' menu in your settings should be your best friend. Here you will find a 'Abnormal battery usage' section, which will reveal which apps are consuming more battery life than expected. Have you experienced a noticeable drop in battery life since installing some new apps? This is the place to identify the culprit.

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Explore the 'abnormal battery usage' section to see which apps are being greedy in the background. / © ANDROIDPIT

Enable power saving modes

The Note 5’s power-saving mode (enabled from within the 'battery' menu) is an easy way to save some juice, even if it takes away some of the fun of using the device. Vibration (haptic) feedback is stopped and the touchkey lights will switch off, but power-saving mode is a smart solution because it does much of the hard work for you. It will boost your standby time by around 10 percent over the course of a single charge and the impact to functionality is minimal.

You can decide the point at which power-saving mode kicks in, so it will activate sooner if you want to be conservative, or wait until the battery reaches dire levels if you want to fully enjoy your phone for as long as possible. 

There's also ultra-power saving mode, which can dramatically extend battery life, but reduces your device to the bare minimum of features, such as calls and messages. It's best used for emergencies only.  

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The power-saving modes are a great one-touch fix for better battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Rein in your widgets

Every widget you use consumes battery life, often unnecessarily: you can normally get the same information simply by entering the app itself. If you still want to use widgets, consider adjusting their refresh settings. Do you need your weather widget to update every hour if you only look at it once  a day? That’s 23 times the widget will have taken action without any real need. Consider choosing six-hourly or 12-hourly updates instead.

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Changing the refresh interval of Samsung's default weather widget can help preserve your battery. / © ANDROIDPIT

Use its charging features to the full potential

These next tips don't exactly extend battery life; rather, they are ways to get a quick power boost when you don't have time for a full charge. 

The Note 5 supports fast charging, but in order to benefit from this, you must use an electrical outlet.Fast charging doesn't work when you're powering up from a standard USB port. Your device will still get charged, just not quickly. Qualcomm's Quick-Charge technology can provide a huge boost to battery life in just a short time, so make sure you take advantage of it.

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Samsung's adaptive fast-charge connector comes with the Galaxy Note 5. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Note 5 also supports wireless charging. It's not as quite efficient as using fast-charging, but if you pick up one of Samsung’s fast-wireless chargers, you can take advantage of speedy charging in an even more convenient format. 

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Get a wireless Samsung fast charger for ultimate convenience. / © ANDROIDPIT

What’s your best battery tip for the Galaxy Note 5? Let us know in the comments.

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Scott Adam Gordon

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Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes much of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. His current aim is to write cool things about Android. And he loves it.

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    Jaskulski Feb 9, 2017 Link to comment

    Great tips, thank you very much. The quick-charge, plus the I-blades ( Smartcase, extra battery and memory, all the problems - SOLVED. The best phone ever!

  • 1
    Sepehr Mihanyar Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    And everytime i get a full charge my phone says that my ultra power saving mde goes for ONLY 1 day!! And like i said i have been searching the net and i saw that other note 5's go 4-5 days!(P.S my note 5 is duos) so pliz help

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    Sepehr Mihanyar Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi guys!! So i am freaking out!!! I just bought the note 5 and i only get 8-9hourse of battery time!! Is that normal? I have been searching the internet about thte note 5 and every one said that they got 17 hourse 2 days and i have been using this phone for 4 days!! So pliz help me out!

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    Ava James Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

    ZeroLemon releases 3500mAh battery case for the Galaxy Note 5. The ZeroLemon case features a 3500mAh battery built-in which means that it’s capable of fully charging the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 edge+ from 0% to full and then some. i found this information here at smartphonesupdates .com .

  • kartik rana 4
    kartik rana Nov 19, 2015 Link to comment

    On my note 5 there is no option called  'abnormal battery usage' in setting-battery. Why? Else I follow all the instructions you mentioned in this article thanks.

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    SciCal:Scientific Calculator Oct 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Yes, all Android smartphones has one common problem and it is the fast draining of battery. It is good to know such tips and techniques so that you know how to be smart especially if you are on the go and forget to bring your charger with you.

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    Charles Brown Oct 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Yarnell, yes the phone is good and no Samsung will not send you a check for trolling.

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    Deactivated Account Oct 20, 2015 Link to comment

    Excellent Article...I get 23 to 33hrs uptime per charge and 7 to 8hrs on screen time per charge on my Note5 and S6Edge+

    Only thing on the market today topping this battery wise is the current S6Active which tops all android handsets today.

    Otherwise the Note5 and S6Edge+ are the GOLD STANDARD of phablets worldwide nothing else comes close to these products all the rest are useless pretenders.

    • Eslam Hussein 1
      Eslam Hussein Dec 1, 2015 Link to comment

      i get 5 SOT by maximum, could you please share your adjusted settings and tweaks.

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