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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Enable, Customize or Disable Power Saving Mode in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

The large screen and various advanced features owned by Samsung Galaxy S5 surely will be able to provide you a better experience, but both of these parts need a lot of power to run. That's why these parts are also suspected as the main cause of the poor battery life issue. Luckily Samsung Galaxy S5 has been equipped with some features to help their users to conserve their battery life, one of which is the power saving mode. By enabling this feature, you can save more battery life by limiting or disabling some device functions.


How to enable, customize or disable power saving mode?
Generally, there are two methods available that you can use to enable or disable this feature, through the quick settings panel or the settings menu.


Method #1: From the quick settings panel
This method lets you quickly enable or disable power saving mode, but it doesn't allow you to customize power saving mode. Thus, when you use this method, your phone will use the last configuration of the power saving mode. Here are the steps:
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen with two fingers to open up the quick settings panel.
  2. Depending on your current settings, tap Power saving button to enable or disable it. The button will turns green when the power saving mode is enabled and in a few second the greyscale theme will be applied to your Home screen by default.


Method #2: From the Settings menu
This method takes more times for you to access the power saving menu than the method #1, but it will allow you to customize all options available under the power saving menu.
  1. On any screen, swipe down the top of the screen to open up the notifications panel.
  2. Tap the Settings icon to enter the settings menu.
  3. With the settings menu is displayed in grid view, scroll down to the System section and then tap Power saving .
  4. Tap Power saving mode.
  5. Depending on your current settings, tap the ON/OFF switch located at the top right corner of the screen to enable or disable it. When the switch is on the right side means the power saving mode is enabled and in a few seconds the greyscale theme will be applied to your Home screen by default.
  6. While the power saving is enabled, you can limit or disable some device functions to conserve more battery by utilizing the available options under the power saving menu.
  7. Allow or restrict background data.
  8. As we all know that some apps keep using data in the background even when it's not being actually used by the users. Restricting background data can help you save more battery but please note that it may also affect the performance of some apps. Here are the steps to allow or restrict background data:
    • Depending on your current settings, tap Block background data to enable or disable this option. When the checkbox next to this option is ticked means background data is blocked.
    • When you enable block background data, then only the currently used apps that are allowed to use data.
  9. Restrict device performance.
  10. Here are the steps to do so:
    • Tap Restrict performance.
    • Tap the ON/OFF switch located at the top right corner of the screen to enable or disable this option. When the switch is on the right side means this option is enabled. Also note that enable this option will automatically disable vibration feedback and turn off the screen after 3 seconds instead of 10 seconds when notifications are received.
    • While the restrict performance is enabled, you can also enable the CPU performance option to limit the maximum performance of the CPU, enable the Screen output option to reduce the screen frame rate and lower the brightness, enable the Turn off touch key light option to set the touch key light always off, enable the Turn off GPS option to turn off GPS and disable all location services (this option is available when the Location service is enabled).
  11. Use greyscale theme.
  12. Since the screen is a part of this phone that is consume a lot of power, then using greyscale theme for your Home screen will be able to save more battery because it'll consume less power. Here are the step to enable or disable greyscale theme:
    • Tap Greyscale mode.
    • Tap the ON/OFF switch located at the top right corner of the screen to enable or disable this option. When the switch is on the right side means this option is enabled and the greyscale theme will be applied to your Home screen.

Since the power saving mode will limit or disable some device functions, then enable this feature in your phone may result in reduced performance and give you some inconveniences. But, if you're tight with the battery life issue, then enable this feature will be helpful and useful for you.

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