Battery life of any smartphone has the ability to tip the scales when a buyer is making a final decision of buying a smartphone. Samsung, in its effort to pack more power in its phones, has seen a boomerang effect as the brand has failed to provide a stronger battery to the users and has to face severe criticism from industry watchers. Battery drain issues frequently revisit and spoil the user experience. Even the high-end phones like Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are not beyond the reach of battery drain problems. If you own one of the two phones and are suffering the battery issues, check this complete troubleshooting guide to fix Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus battery drain issues.
As done earlier, Samsung has introduced the latest devices in two battery variants. Consumers in China and USA have Galaxy S9/S9 Plus with Snapdragon 845 chipset from Qualcomm, and others get Samsung’s own Exynos 9810. While there is a little difference between the two battery types, Snapdragon has the edge over Exynos. Whatever it is, your current problem of battery drain can be resolved by following a few simple solutions listed below.
How to Fix Battery Drain Issue on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
The first and foremost is to dig into the settings of your phone and unearth power saving mode, i.e., to adjust battery settings.
Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device.
Step #2. Now tap on Device Maintenance.
Step #3. Next, tap on Battery icon from the bottom menu; three options will appear on your phone’s screen. Off, Mid, and Max.
You can choose any of the options and then hit the Apply button.
Turn off Always ON Display
Always On Display is quite useful for busy users as they can quickly glance at the clock, calendar, and notifications on their Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus device. However, it consumes your phone’s battery as well. When you are making every effort to save the battery, this little labor is worth.
Step #1. Open Settings on your phone.
Step #2. Now locate and select ‘Always On Display’.
Step #3. Finally, toggle the switch OFF.
Turn off Live Wallpapers
You love to decorate your phone’s screen with live wallpapers, but they eat your phone’s battery like anything. Moreover, you cannot impress others with your live wallpapers, as you are the only person, who is seeing them. If you have given enough visual treat to your eyes, you should disable live wallpapers on your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.
Step #1. Hold your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus in your hand and long press on the blank home screen.
Step #2. A menu will appear from the bottom of the screen; now choose the Wallpapers icon from the options.
Step #3. Next, tap on View All in My Wallpapers banner.
Step #4. Now choose an option that doesn’t have Live Wallpapers icon on the top right side.
Then you can select any of the three options seen at the bottom. The options are a Home screen, Lock screen, and Home and Lock screens.
Alternatively, you can use black wallpaper to improve battery life on your device. Samsung users AMOLED display technology for its flagship phones, and this is something different. Instead of colorful wallpaper, a black one helps display work efficiently.
Delete Unused Apps
Samsung has packed its Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus with many stock apps, but you cannot get the best of Samsung without installing some third-party apps. However, this doesn’t mean you should overstuff the phone memory with useless apps. Some apps have a temporary usage; you should uninstall such unused apps from your smartphone as soon as possible.
Step #1. Press and hold the app you want to delete.
Step #2. Now tap on Disable option.
In case you want to use the deleted app in future, go to Settings → Apps and then choose Disabled from the drop-down list from the upper left corner.
Pro users love to use widgets to customize their smartphones. They give you quick access to check some information every day (like weather and news). But widgets will affect the performance of the battery of your Galaxy S9/S9 Plus. For any user, it is super easy to delete a widget. Simply press and hold the widget you want to get rid of and tap on ‘Remove from home screen’ icon.
Turn Off GPS
GPS is one of the biggest battery killers on your Galaxy S9 devices. While driving through unknown terrains, you may need to keep it turned off to navigate the route, in normal circumstances you should turn off this feature. In case you have to keep it on for a long time, I recommend you to use battery cases or USB C power banks for your smartphone. Along with GPS, you can also turn off other battery killer features like Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and 4G LTE. You don’t use these features when you succumb to a deep slumber, do you?
‘Apps are using battery’ is a helpful notification your Galaxy S9 sends to make you aware of the battery consumption by certain apps. However, many users find it irritating, and they prefer to turn off “Apps are using battery” notification. Well, you should not do this mistake; keep this notification ON.
Disable Vibrate Mode
It is a good habit to keep your Galaxy S9 on vibrate mode when you are in the office or In the conference. But if you forget to disable this mode, it will surely drain the battery of your phone. Better disable this vibrate mode.
Open Settings → Sound mode and then tap on radio button given before Sound or Mute.
Alternatively, you can customize the intensity of vibration and tactile alerts of notifications.
For this purpose, launch Settings → Sound mode → Vibrate. Now tap on the back arrow on the top left side of your device; here you need to tap on Vibration intensity and adjust each slide bar.
Change Screen Resolution
High screen resolution is another factor that can decrease your phone’s battery life.
Go to Settings → Display → Screen resolution. Here, you can adjust the resolution by sliding the ball to FHD+ or HD+.
Use Save Power Button
You cannot live without social media apps; we all have to agree upon this fact. But then we should also bear in mind that these apps consume a lot of phone battery. No matter how premium your phone is, it is going to face battery issues sooner or later. S9 and S9 Plus allow you to isolate apps that drain the battery of the device.
Launch System → Device maintenance → Battery.
On this screen, you will get to know which app is using how much battery per hour. Here, tap on Save Power button to clear all apps running in the background.
Choose the right Performance Mode
You use your phone for various different purposes; you want to use it as a phone, you may wish to watch movies, listen to music, browse photos, or want to play a game. Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are equipped with different performance modes. There are four modes. Optimized, Game, Entertainment, and High performance. By default, the device comes with an Optimized mode. For your regular usage, you can keep Optimized mode and adjust the screen resolution to FHD+ (2220 x 1080). When you want more energy, you can change modes that deliver more performance.
Optimization – Clean Up Unnecessary Files/Background apps, and Free Up Memory
OPTIMIZE NOW is a wonder button available in Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus; when you hit this button, it will clean up unnecessary files, apps running in the background and free up some memory.
You can check the score from Settings → Device maintenance; you will also get recommendations on areas to optimize.
Adjust Screen Brightness and Sleep time
Screen brightness, if not adjusted properly, not only drains your phone battery but also causes damage to your eyes. Moreover, your phone’s screen is one of the biggest battery killers; this is why we suggest users disable Always-On Display on Galaxy S9/S9 Plus. In a day, an average user checks his/her phone for more than 140 times. This apparently invokes the brightness of the phone, which consumes battery. It is advisable to keep the screen brightness to less than 50% on your device.
Go to Settings → Display → Brightness; Now you can lower the brightness.
While you are on the screen brightness, you should also check ‘screen timeout’ option on your phone. Screen timeout decides how long your phone’s screen emits light before it turns off or dims down. By default, Samsung keeps it for one minute. This means, when you use and put your phone aside, the screen will dim down after one minute, and for one minute, it will consume battery. You should keep this screen timeout at 30 seconds.
Reboot your device
The last but not the least is to reboot your device. Restarting device has long been used to fix multiple issues. It may sound a meaningless workaround for many; it can solve many problems on your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus.
To reboot your Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, just press and hold the power button on the right side of your phone and then select Restart.