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Samsung’s newest flagship phone is by all metrics a very good phone, but like with most phones, people run into issues with the Galaxy S8 battery drain when pushing the phone to its limits. Under normal use, the Galaxy S8 should have very few issues making it a whole day on a single charge, but many people nowadays are using their phone as a main source of entertainment. Constant music and video streaming or graphically intensive games can take their toll on even the most beefy battery, so we’ve compiled a list of 4 tips and tricks to help you solve your Galaxy S8 battery drain issues.

  1. Disable Always On Display

Being able to quickly glance at your phone to check the time or any alerts is very handy, but it definitely can cause problems when it comes to keeping your phone topped up through a full day. Avoid your Galaxy S8 battery drain problems by disabling this feature and making the most out of your battery. Go to Settings > Lock Screen and Display > Always On Display to turn off this battery hog.

  1.  Change Your Screen Resolution

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has three different resolution modes, HD+, FHD+, and WQHD+. To make the most of your battery and see a small but noticeable change in your Galaxy S8 battery drain, switch the resolution from WQHD+ down to HD+ when you really need your phone to last. These settings are accessed through the Power Saving mode which we discuss in further detail below.

  1.  Turn on Power Saving Mode

As mentioned above, Power Saving Mode will turn your resolution down. However, it only turns it from WQHD+ to FHD+. For maximum battery life turn it from FHD+ down to HD+. Resolution changes are just one of several adjustments Power Saving Mode makes to address the Galaxy S8 battery drain. This handy mode also automatically decreases screen brightness and activates a CPU limiter that will make your device less powerful but drastically increase the battery of your life when it counts. This isn’t something you’d want to have active all the time while you’re using your phone, but if you need your phone to last a long time and you don’t have access to a charger, Power saving mode will make the biggest difference out of the tips in this list.

  1.   Turn off Auto-Brightness

While it would seem at face value that Auto-Brightness would help rather than hinder Galaxy S8 Battery drain issues, the system on the phone is a little over aggressive. Often times the screen will be either too bright or too dim. While manually adjusting your phone brightness may take some getting used to, making sure your phone is using just the right amount of power to make your screen visible will no doubt make the battery last longer. A lot of battery drain comes from powering the display, so directly controlling and adjusting brightness is sure to make a difference. To adjust these settings, swipe the slider down from the top of the phone, tap the small arrow next to the brightness slider, and turn off Auto-Brightness.

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