Extreme Power Saving Modes For Android

One of the software features of the 2014 flagship Android devices is a deeper level of power saving. Huawei and Samsung call it the Ultra Power Saving Mode for the Galaxy S5, HTC call it the Extreme Power Saving mode for the HTC One (M8) and Huawai call it the Super Power Saving Mode for their new Ascend P7.

In each case, these deep power saving modes disable much of your smartphone so as to extend battery life. You can only use a small number of applications on the handset, typically including calling, texting and email, but little else.

The backlight brightness is reduced and wireless technologies may be disabled. AutoSync and Background Data services are typically disabled.

I first dismissed the idea of using these deep power saving modes as something of a marketing ploy: users won't opt for these modes because their expensive smartphone is converted into a dumb ‘phone. And then I started spending long periods of time with my ‘phone sat on the desk or in my bag not being used. I can't use my ‘phone during my shift so I'm as well to try Extreme Power Saving Mode.

You can access Extreme Power Saving Mode from the HTC's drop down notification list or from Settings, Power.

You can access Extreme Power Saving Mode from the HTC's drop down notification list or from Settings, Power.

You can call, text, check your email, calendar and use the calculator. That's it! Picture taken close to the end of day two of that charge.

You can call, text, check your email, calendar and use the calculator. That's it!
Picture taken close to the end of day two of that charge.

It's made a noticeable difference. Taking it off charge on a Tuesday morning and putting it on charge on a Thursday night, difference.

It is possible to manually adjust the settings of any Android devices in order to simulate these modes, through disabling data connections, AutoSync, Background Data and dimming the screen. But if you have a one tap option and you're able to leave your device alone for long periods of time, it might be worth an experiment. And it's easy to disable when I want to use the device.

Does your Android device have any power saving modes and if so, do you use them? Let us know in the comments below.

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