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The onboard functions on a Samsung Galaxy Android device that consume most of the energy are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Sync, Brightness, and Screen timeout. Additionally there are things that drain extra energy such as self-updating apps and widgets. There are many ways to extend battery life from simply turning off features all the way to the more complex task of installing custom ROMs that are designed to consume as little energy as possible. Let’s take a quick look at the built in widget that allows you to turn on and off all of the main onboard functions that drain the battery the most.

Depending your model and firmware version, the path to the widget may be different. On a Galaxy S2, press-hold on any Home screen and select Widgets. Scroll until you see the Power Saving widget and select it. On newer models such as the S3 or Galaxy Note, tap Applications and select Widgets at the top right on your screen. 

power saving widget

Once you have the widget in place, you can manage the most energy draining onboard features on Android with one only tap from one simple interface instead of having to go through individual sub menus. Don’t we all love shortcuts!