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Hey, i got my galaxy s4 today but i have some questions:

How can i get the gestures to work?
I have gotten most of the motion gestures t work exept for the printscreen one.. why doesn't it work?

Launchers:

Will a custom launcher help me save battery if i choose a simple one? And if i use one, will both the "stock launcher" and custom one both take up ram?

Battery:

What can i turn off to increase the battery life? Cause i have used it for 1 hour and 45 min and it's already on 75%...

Cause with the battery usage it has, i kinda regret selling my iphone 5. It could atleast surf the web for quite a while without loosing much percentage.
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I can help with the 3rd Question.

1. Get rid of all your bloatware

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droidware.uninstallmaster

2. Make sure to stay on wi-fi as much as possible

3. Try to limit your usuage of GPS, as this can eat through your battery to

4. Keep your screen brightness and a low but comfortable level. 

5. Try rooting and installing a custom kernal on your phone, If your adapt enough undervolting might help a little. 

 

I would be wary of any battery saving app. Some of them can be helpful, but others can cause more damage

 

6. Try using these apps

DS Battery Saver= Deep Sleep

Greenify= Finding Battery hogs

Connection checker= Turn off wi-fi if weak


Edited by Apinchof - 7/24/13 at 11:14pm
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I can help with the 3rd Question.
1. Get rid of all your bloatware
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.droidware.uninstallmaster
2. Make sure to stay on wi-fi as much as possible
3. Try to limit your usuage of GPS, as this can eat through your battery to
4. Keep your screen brightness and a low but comfortable level. 
5. Try rooting and installing a custom kernal on your phone, If your adapt enough undervolting might help a little. 

I would be wary of any battery saving app. Some of them can be helpful, but others can cause more damage

6. Try using these apps
DS Battery Saver= Deep Sleep
Greenify= Finding Battery hogs
Connection checker= Turn off wi-fi if weak

1: there are some interesting and usefull bloadware that i actually want to use like the remote control thingy and shealth, but the rest is some shait i don't need, but does it require root to restore them? Then no thanks

2: Isnt the less wifi i use the better for the battery?
3: I never use gps anyways so it's allways off.
4: Yep, that is what i allways have my phones at exept outside
5: tried rooting several times and allways ended up with bricking my phones, so no more rooting for me. It may help with the battery life with a new kernel and ROM, but i just have had too many bad experiences with root as it is..

6: they require root right?
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post #4 of 6
I meant to avoid using cell data as much as possible and just sticking with WiFi if your trying to go online. Using no WiFi would be better than even that.

Android phones are pretty hard to brick, however depending on the situation it might become quite a challenge to fix the problem.

Deep sleep will work for the most part without root.
Connection checker will work
Greenify is root only unfortunately

Getting rid of bloatware might be a challenge without root. I'm not aware of any apps that can do that.
Edited by Apinchof - 7/25/13 at 3:16pm
post #5 of 6
You don't need to resort to much to save battery lifetime and theres a few tweaks you can do to help. I'll also preface this by saying that no phone is perfect and every phone has its quirks, I use the s4 and I recommend it and my only complaint is that the power buttons and volume buttons could be larger and I think they're too small or my fingers are too fat? I also use a spare battery from Samsung's spare battery pack on a daily basis because its a hell of a lot easier to pop out the battery and replace it with a fully charged one instead of having to worry about finding a charger.

I also use the mobile data toggle off/on and for the most part I have it off unless I need it, likewise for sync.
I only primarily turn on GPS if I'm doing a search or to check the weather and then I turn it off
I usually have power saving enabled
I have my display timeout to 30s and smart stay enabled as this works wonders when I'm looking at the display and turns off the display if I'm not looking at it
Wifi is usually off unless I really need to use it for gps
Multi Window is usually off but I find it helpful when I need to multitask and don't want to switch back and forth
Bluetooth is usually off unless I'm actively using it
I have automatic brightness unchecked and I have my brightness slider at half
Display battery percentage is helpful
Auto adjust screen tone is off

Basically if you look at my phone and I'm not actively using it the only things enabled are smart stay and power saving. If I want to check my email I turn on mobile data and sync then when I'm done I turn them off, likewise for browsing web or if I'm using something that requires data. Samsung's sense UI is helpful for turning nearly everything off by dragging down the notification panel at the top and it only takes a few seconds to toggle things.

What I really like about this phone is that the battery charges to full in under 1 hour easily and when I use the phone as a mobile hotspot and I'm streaming music via google play music and I need to charge the phone, I can plug it in and the phone still continues to be charged in under an hour. I had a Motorola Razr maxx and the battery life was good but I still had to charge it daily, it got abnormally hot and the phone shut itself down because of the heat a few times and the real bummer is it would take about 3 hours to get the battery to charge to full not to mention the battery was built into the phone so removing it wasn't an option. I much prefer the S4 by a wide margin.
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Something else

 

Do you know how to check screen time, It's in the battery part of the settings menu

From here you can get more detail about your usage, one of the most important being how much time your screen has been on. There's a graph that shows your phone's power, make sure there's no up spikes from charging, if you restart the phone I think it will restart the graph.

 

I don't know what the battery life is like on the S4, but if you're able to get 6 hours or more, of screen usage time with your phone. 

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