Just turn it off. That’s it. At least that’s what Business Insider says can fix poor battery life on Samsung’s top 2015 flagship smartphones. Of course, disabling Google Now will improve battery life on other phone models, as well.
“I was getting only slightly better battery life than with my old Nexus 5, and I was about to put the S6 back in its box and ship it back to wherever it came from,” the blog said in its review the Galaxy S6 after using it for a month.
“Before I did that, I tried one last thing. I switched off Google Now, Google’s digital assistant, and my battery life skyrocketed to last me about 36 hours on a single charge with relatively decent usage, including music streaming, but without using Bluetooth or GPS. I charge it every night, but I usually have just under 50% battery left before I go to bed,” the publication added.
Google Now uses GPS to gather location data and the phone keeps processing the updates coming from Google Now, Business Insider says. That’s why battery life isn’t satisfactory on the phone as long as Google Now is activate and constantly running in the background.
The obvious downside to this is that you won’t be able to use Google’s handy virtual assistant when it’s turned off. If that’s not something you want to do to improve battery life on the Galaxy S6, you could always activate the Power Saving mode on the handset when your battery gets too low, or buy additional external battery packs.