[Update: Galaxy S22 fast drain from 10%] Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra abnormal battery drain noticed by many users
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Original story (published on March 04, 2022) follows:
A few weeks ago, Samsung unveiled its latest flagship devices at the Galaxy Unpacked event. The S22 series consists of three phones, namely, the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and the S22 Ultra.
That being said, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the largest and most expensive phone in the series. It has the highest battery capacity amongst all and also features an embedded S-Pen.
A few reports suggest that the battery backup on the phone is worse than Galaxy S21 Ultra. While the Exynos processor variant might not be as power-efficient as the Snapdragon variant, users say the problem persists on both versions.
You can see in the image below how quickly the battery drains for some.
Below are some reports from Galaxy S22 Ultra owners complaining about battery drain.
Tbh, really poor. I have to charge twice a day if I drain my battery all the way. If I don’t let it get below 30-40 percent (because it takes a while to charge and sometimes I want less consecutive time with it stuck on the charger) I would have to top multiple times a day. I get about 3-4 hours sot going from 100 to 0, with relatively light or moderate usage. Still couldn’t eek out more than 4 with battery saving mode on, wifi all day, and 60hz. Everything else about the phone is great.. but the battery life is a bummer and once the battery degrades in a couple years it’ll probably be unusable tbh.
My battery life sucks compared to my last phone which I used heavily for 2 years. I’ve only had the s22 ultra for 2 days and I have battery saver turned on, but it still depletes way faster than my last phone. Especially when the screen is turned off, there is no reason for the battery to be tanking so fast. Location, wifi, bluetooth, etc is all turned off, but when I wake up in the morning it has lost 30% at least overnight. My old phone would lose maybe 5% at most.
Since the phone is relatively new, it is still uncertain if the battery drain is related to the hardware or a software issue. We hope Samsung sheds some light on the matter and releases an update that fixes the problem.
Nonetheless, we will be keeping tabs on the matter and let you know once we come across new information so keep checking this space.
In the meantime, make sure you check out our Samsung Galaxy S22 series bug tracker to see similar issues affecting users.
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Update 1 (May 10, 2022)
Update 2 (August 02, 2022)
01:18 pm (IST): A Galaxy S22 owner running the August 2022 patch has managed to fix the battery drain issue by trying some workarounds. You can check them out below.
Update 3 (December 29, 2022)
Update 4 (January 16, 2023)
01:00 pm (IST): A recent report from a Samsung Galaxy S22 user indicates that the January update has significantly improved their phone’s battery life.
Installed the January patch, battery life improved by hours instantly and charging is back to normal! I hope to enjoy this phone now, love the camera and the speed, plus the screen is amazing
Update 5 (January 18, 2023)
01:00 pm (IST): Geekyranjit, a popular YouTuber, recently started a Twitter thread where some Samsung S22 Ultra users (1,2) shared their mostly positive thoughts on battery life especially after the recent couple of updates.
It appears that the battery-related issues started getting better after the second December patch and the January update.
Update 6 (January 19, 2023)
05:27 pm (IST): One of the reasons for the low energy efficiency of the Galaxy S22 Ultra (and some other 2022 flagships) is related to the Samsung chipset factories.
The Galaxy S22 series uses Exynos 2200 or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipsets (depending on territory). Both chips are made by Samsung on their 4nm process, which is unfortunately inefficient.
An inefficient process results in chipsets with poor battery and thermal management. Although both are affected by the issue, it seems to be more evident on the Exynos one.
In fact, Samsung teamed up with AMD to develop a powerful GPU (RDNA 2 architecture) with the aim of making the Exynos 2200 the mobile chipset with the most powerful GPU.
Unfortunately, the Exynos 2200 inefficiency plus the powerful GPU caused severe thermal throttling during internal testing. This forced the company to reduce the GPU clock speed (from 1.9GHz to 1.29GHz).
This is also the reason why the Galaxy S23 series will not use Exynos chipsets. It is also reported that the high-end Exynos chips will return in 2025, when their battery and heating problems have been resolved.
Update 7 (January 20, 2023)
12:09 pm (IST): As mentioned in the previous update, the Exynos 2200 chipset is especially affected by both low power efficiency and heating issues.
Update 8 (January 23, 2023)
Update 9 (January 25, 2023)
06:00 pm (IST): Here is a list of tips from Samsung that will help you extend or improve battery life.
Update 10 (January 27, 2023)
02:11 pm (IST): A user has managed to improve their phone’s battery by turning off background activity for the apps they don’t use more often and only keeping it on for the necessary ones.
Also, disabling RAM Plus feature seems to have helped some. Hence, you can try these potential workarounds and see if they work for you.
Update 11 (January 30, 2023)
12:23 pm (IST): A Redditor has suggested that turning off ‘Adaptive battery’ feature has helped them improve battery life on their Galaxy S22. Here’s how to do it:
Open Settings > Battery > Adaptive Preferences > Toggle off ‘Adaptive battery’
Update 12 (January 31, 2023)
12:30 pm (IST): According to a Redditor’s experience, even taking the device to an authorized technical service does not help to fix the issue.
They reportedly only offer to do a factory reset, then recommend the user to wait a couple of weeks for the smartphone to learn their usage patterns.
Apparently, they only do something else if the battery is obviously damaged. But if the battery is healthy and the draining is due to software or hardware (chipset), they can only apply basic troubleshooting.
Update 13 (February 1, 2023)
1:00 pm (IST): Geekyranjit, a popular YouTube creator, recently revisited the the S22 Ultra and shared his thoughts on the battery life after the Android 13 update.
According to him, battery life has improved significantly ever since the update. Overheating issues have gotten better and the phone also feels a lot smoother in general.The comments under his video reflect a similar image.
Update 14 (February 2, 2023)
11:08 am (IST): A redditor said that they were able to fix battery drain issue by doing a complete factory reset. Moreover, they manually installed all the apps and did not use Smart Switch or any other backup and restore app.
Hence, you can also give it a try and see if it improves the battery life on your device as well.
Just did a complete reset to factory settings and did not use smart switch or any sort of backup and restore app. I have manually installed each app I used from the play store and the phone feels COMPLETELY different then how it was before. The battery life has literally almost doubled . I don’t know what’s up with smart switch or Google restore but it does something to make the phone run like shit. (Source)
Update 15 (February 3, 2023)
03:14 pm (IST): There’s another potential workaround that could help you mitigate the issue:
Messages seems to be taking quite a bit considering only 3 mins? You could perhaps try a few of the following…
1. Disable Ram Plus 2. Enable ‘Suspend Execution for Cached Apps’ 3. Go into Recovery Mode, Wipe Cache Partition, then Repair Apps 4. Restrict certain apps that you believe may be hogging data in the background
Update 16 (February 06, 2023)
However, when using apps that require a lot of scrolling (Instagram, Twitter, TikTok), the phone uses a lot more battery. The adaptive refresh rate is consequently raised steadily to 120.
go to developer options and enable the option to display the refresh rate. you will see that e.g. for youtube the refresh rate drops to 60 or even 30 after a couple of seconds. when you touch the screen it instantly goes back to 120.
if you do nothing on the homescreen or in apps like twitter or reddit it drops to 24/18.
instagram for example keeps 120 hz up for very long and as said before, every time you touch the screen or anything on the screen is moving it keeps 120.
Update 17 (February 07, 2023)
11:50 am (IST): Some users report that their battery drains overnight even when the device isn’t in use. While some say it’s due to Always-on-display (AOD), others point out that it drains even with AOD turned off.
Update 18 (February 08, 2023)
Update 19 (February 9, 2023)
12:36 pm (IST): A redditor recommended a combination of settings that reportedly could help you get past 10 SOT (screen-on time) battery life.
powersave mode on always , Hd+ , Lte only, sync off, location off, always fingerprint off, animated lockscreen off, always dark mode, 60Hz. All apps deep sleep except WhatsApp.
Update 20 (February 10, 2023)
12:10 pm (IST): Samsung has begun pushing out the February 2022 patch, which should be available shortly for S22 users as well. So, you can update your devices to see if that helps the power drain problem.
Update 21 (February 13, 2023)
01:16 pm (IST): A redditor has shared some tips to fix the abnormal battery drain problem and get up to 6 hours of SoT (Screen-on-time). You can check them out below.
Update 22 (February 14, 2023)
12:06 pm (IST): Samsung is now rolling out One UI 5.1 for Galaxy S22 users. Hence, you can install the latest update and see if it fixes the battery drain problem.
Update 23 (February 15, 2023)
12:07 pm (IST): The battery drain issue on Galaxy S22 reportedly persists even with the latest One UI 5.1 update.
Update 24 (February 16, 2023)
Update 25 (February 17, 2023)
01:46 pm (IST): Although the battery drain issue persists with One UI 5.1, some Galaxy S22 users reported that the new version has improved the battery life for them.
And thus, you can update to the latest version if you haven’t yet and see if this is still an issue.
Update 26 (February 20, 2023)
02:04 pm (IST): A user noted that keyboard is consuming a lot of battery on their Galaxy S22. However, Samsung support allegedly suggested some troubleshooting steps to fix it. You can check them out below.
Update 27 (February 21, 2023)
10:19 am (IST): A user has alleged that Samsung is aware of the battery drain issue caused by One UI 5.1 update and they will address it soon.
However, we recommend our readers to take this info with a pinch of salt as there is no official confirmation on the same.
Update 28 (February 22, 2023)
It’s worth pointing out that, normally, using mobile data consumes more battery than using Wi-Fi. However, affected users claim that the battery drain is higher than expected.
Update 29 (February 23, 2023)
03:32 pm (IST): We have come across some tips that can potentially help improve your battery life on Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Mine is even better after the update. Here are some tips
- Use Samsung app Booster to optimize all apps
- Clear cache of Google Play Services
- Wipe the cache partition of your device using recovery mode and then reboot
Update 30 (April 14, 2023)
04:13 pm (IST): Samsung has confirmed that the battery drain issue after One UI 5.1 was caused by Samsung Keyboard and it has now been resolved.
Update 31 (August 15, 2023)
12:18 pm (IST): Some users are now reporting that the battery is draining faster after it hits 10 percent or below.
Update 32 (August 17, 2023)
Another user adds that in order to prevent such issues, a factory reset is required following each bug update (especially those that happen only once a year, like the upcoming switch from One UI 5 to One UI 6).
You should reset the phone also after every big update Like one ui 6 in a few month
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