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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is the most recent iteration of the Samsung Galaxy Fold lineup.

It comes with a 6.2-inch cover screen and a 7.6-inch main screen, a 50MP wide-angle camera, and a 4400mAh battery that claims to add to the productivity of the phone.


The phone recently received the update to One UI 5 based on Android 13. However, it seems that some users are facing some issues related to the battery performance of the device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 increased power drain issue

According to reports (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), some Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 owners are facing problems with poor battery or increased power drain after the update to Android 13.

Fold 4 poor battery life
Bought the device recently and I like it however the battery is starting to be a deal breaker
Any advice, the performance profile is already set to light, Bluetooth is off if I can’t figure it out probably getting a refund and going for 14 pro max with it’s 9-10 hour on screen time

Because it lasts longer? It’s that easy.
My Z Fold 4 battery is 4400mAh and it’s absolutely shit.

The issue has been widely discussed on social media platforms and forums to express their disappoinment and seek a solution.

Some users have chosen to not update to Android 13 due to adverse claims of the poor battery or increased power drain.

Samsung Galaxy 4 fold 4

It is interesting to note that some users are experiencing issues with the battery while some have claimed that they have not faced any battery issues with their Galaxy Z Fold 4.

I’ve been installing the updates as they release and not had any battery issues, lag or app freezing at all on my phone. I wonder if the issues your sources are experiencing are caused by carrier apps and not the OS maybe?
(mine is the Fold4 on Google Fi)

Potential workarounds

A recent report by The New York Post highlighted that Facebook might be deliberately draining the device’s battery. So as a precautionary measure, uninstalling Facebook may be a wise move.

Another potential workaround that has been suggested by some users is to adjust settings, such as reducing screen brightness and disabling background apps, to improve battery life.

Galaxy Fold 4 workaround
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Some have also reported that resetting the device to factory settings and starting fresh with Android 13 has momentarily resolved the issue for them.

PSA: If you’re having battery issues since the OneUI 5 update, reset your phone
Like many here, I had a significant drop in battery life since the OneUI 5 update.

It turns out after trying EVERYTHING I could find online, including an ADB battery monitoring app, the one thing that fixed it completely was a factory reset. It’s now beyond what it was even with 4.1 and in my first 48h I’ve averaged 7 – 9 SoT depending on usage load.
I know it’s a far from ideal solution, but it certainly made a monumental difference for me.

It is worth noting that battery life can be affected by various factors, including the apps being used, the settings, and the usage patterns of the owner.

Hence, it is possible that the poor battery life reported by some users may not be related to Android 13 and may instead be due to other factors.


Samsung has not officially commented on the issue, and it is unclear if a fix will be released in the near future.

That being said, we hope that Samsung considers the problems and readily provides a solution for the ones affected as soon as possible.

Until then, users experiencing battery issues can try the potential workaround mentioned above.

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