In February 2022, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S22 series smartphones. These premium Galaxy devices feature Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (widely) or Exynos 2200 (Europe) chipsets. In software department, the lineup is running Android 13 (One UI 5.0), up from pre-installed Android 12 (One UI 4.1).
On February 1st, the company is going to unveil the Galaxy S23 series, which runs Android 13-based One UI 5.1 out of the box. In near future, the company will share the S23 lineup’s exclusive One UI 5.1 with its older flagship devices through software updates.
Features apart, the Galaxy S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra users are facing different kinds of issues (via PiunikaWeb) with their smartphones such as battery drain, heating and low power efficiency. Users believe that the situation was better before December 2022 patch, which got worse with January 2023 patch.
Among consumers, there are discussions that the battery drain and heating issues are generated on models due to chipset maker differences as well as Samsung Foundry. The Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processors are manufactured by Samsung foundry.
Due to inefficient processes, the system on chip gets affected by battery consumption issues due to thermal management. Since consumers in some countries such as India are quite satisfied with their Galaxy S22 phone’s battery, the issue is mainly reported spotted on Exynos models.
During Exynos 2200’s internal testing, Samsung faced critical thermal throttling due to chipset’s inefficiency and additionally powerful GPU, which forced it to reduce clock speed by 0.61Ghz. To bring the world’s most powerful GPU, Samsung partnered with AMD and used Xclipse GPU in the Exynos 2200.
Due to Exynos’ heating and Foundry’s production efficiency issues, Samsung turned to Qualcomm and decided to ditch its self-developed SoC from the Galaxy S lineup. This year, the Galaxy S23 series uses Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset manufactured by TSMC, worldwide.
We hope Samsung will soon fix battery draining and heating issues on the Galaxy S22 devices through firmware update. Since hardware issues can’t be fixed with even hundreds of firmware updates, they could be reduced or optimized with code changes.
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Bugs/Issues Thread: Battery drain, heating, low power efficiency #Samsung #GalaxyS22 @SamsungMobile
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— Sammy Fans (@thesammyfans) January 21, 2023
Updated on January 31
A Galaxy S22 smartphone user said on Reddit that Samsung’s authorized service center can just factory reset the device and recommends waiting for a few days since the battery health is good. It looks like processor issues and buggy software is causing the battery drain and overheating issues.
Samsung released the 2nd January 2023 firmware update Galaxy S22 series in certain regions but the battery drain and overheating issues continue to emerge. Meanwhile, there are different kinds of workarounds, which has the latest entry of turning off “Adaptive Battery” feature.
- Open System Settings >> Battery >> Adaptive preferences >> Turn on “Adaptive Battery”
A Reddit user @lazykryptonian said that the Galaxy S22’s overheating issue is caused because of the chipset’s design and Samsung foundry problems. Further, they added that “Some are much better than others but there’s no control over getting a decent one vs bad.”
A Galaxy S22 Ultra user claimed that after restricting background activities of unused apps, the battery consumption is greatly reduced. As per the user, the battery consumption before restricting activities was 10% per hour, which is now 2% per hour. You can also try it as a temporary fix.
Samsung provides you with tips that will show you how to get the best out of your battery in everyday usage and how to look after your battery. The tips are as follows:
- > Reduce display brightness level
- > Close, disable, or uninstall unused Apps
- > Turn off Always On Display (AOD) or set a schedule
- > Toggle off WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS when not in use
- > Turn on Power saving mode
- > Check your device Signal bars
Some users reported having overheating issues during video calls, as well as on WhatsApp video calls. And amid battery drain controversy, a Galaxy S22 Ultra user said that his phone’s brightness was fading day by day, which could be because of abnormal battery drain.
Issues like abnormal battery drain and overheating continue to emerge on the Galaxy S22 series devices, with Exynos models being most affected. Consumers complained that the January patch destroyed battery performance and generated heating issues, even in normal usage.
[Updated] Samsung Galaxy S21 battery drain and overheating issues continue to appear
Battery drain seems to be a common issue on Samsung smartphones. Various Galaxy S22 users are continuously reporting battery drain, heating, and low power efficiency issues on their phones. Now many users of Samsung Galaxy S21 phones are also appearing with such battery drain and overheating issues.
As per the users’ information, these issues of Galaxy S21 are arising since the beginning. There are multiple reports on Reddit that says that users are facing battery draining and heating problems since they purchased the phone in 2021 and the company has not yet fixed them.
A user on the Reddit platform claims that his Galaxy S21 smartphone is giving very less time on-screen. Even after using common social media applications, the phone gets discharged very fast and is heating with normal usage.
In the meantime, a user says that he fully charged his Galaxy S21 smartphone at night and kept it aside after short use, when he woke up in the morning, the phone’s battery had dropped by 15% to 20% automatically.
That’s not it, there are various threads and reports about the battery drain and overheating issues of the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphone. Customers are complaining about these for a long time but still, there is no fix.
Samsung needs to seriously work on this problem. Customers buy such flagship smartphones to get pro-grade performance without any issues and if these issues keep cropping up then what would be the purpose of a flagship? Such problems are not only affecting the performance of the phone but also reducing the trust of users in Samsung devices.
— Sammy Fans (@thesammyfans) January 28, 2023
Updated on February 3:
Users of Galaxy S21 smartphones continue to meet battery drain problems, even worst issues. A user reported that a full 100% change is only lasting for 5 hours and the system usage does not include video streaming, installing apps, or anything like that.
Samsung Galaxy S21 battery drain and overheating issues are still appearing online. Users are really disappointed with the battery performance and asking for a fix.
Meanwhile, a Galaxy S21 user said that turning off the “Nearby device scanning” feature worked for him. Don’t know if this completely fixes the problem, however, this might help in saving battery as a nearby device scanner runs in the background even when you don’t need it.
To turn it off, you need to go to your phone’s Settings and navigate to Connections >> More connection settings. Finally, turn off the Nearby device scanning toggle.
[Updated] Samsung Galaxy S22 slow charging and faulty port issues reported by many users
Samsung Galaxy S22 is currently one of the best-selling flagship smartphones. The company takes care of its users by providing new software updates ahead of anyone else. But many users of Samsung are reporting the slow charging and faulty port issues that they are facing on their respective Galaxy S22 phones.
As per information, users of all three Samsung Galaxy S22 models are facing slow charging and other charging port issues. A large number of corresponding device owners are using the Samsung Member community and Reddit platform to describe their problems and ask if others know of a solution.
According to the users’ reports, in many cases, the Galaxy S22 does not recognize that the cord is plugged into the charging port, which causes the phone to not charge. And, when it recognizes after so many trials, it charges very slowly.
A user further reported that his Galaxy S22 phone has a defective charging port. He only purchased the smartphone in October 2022 and in these few months, it gets damaged. He says when he sometimes robustly plug-in the charging chord, the whole port moves.
However, the reason behind this is not clear. The slow charging issue may be fixed with the upcoming software updates just like the way the company has recently improved the battery life of the Galaxy S22 phone so that users can run the phone for a long time without any interruption. But the faulty charging port problem can only be solved by replacing it. Let’s wait for Samsung’s response.
Updated on January 27
Some Galaxy S22 owners are reporting that their phone is taking a long time to charge. Even charging half of its battery (49% to 100%) is taking about 2 hours, which is too long than usual.
Many more users have complained about the slow charging issue of the Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone on Reddit. A user said that his phone constantly charges and uncharges every few seconds after plugging in the charger.
Samsung Galaxy S22 battery life got excellent, thanks January patch
Multiple Samsung Galaxy S22 series users in different regions were reporting the heavy battery drain issue that they were facing on their smartphones. Luckily, Samsung has now fixed this problem and made the Galaxy S22 battery life excellent.
Geekyranjit, a popular YouTuber has recently started a thread on his Twitter handle sharing his Galaxy S22 Ultra’s battery performance results. He says that his smartphone’s battery life much improved after he installed the latest January 2023 software update.
In reply to this thread (via PunikaWeb), multiple Galaxy S22 users have also shared their Galaxy S22 phone’s battery performance. And happily, they have also highlighted that the January 2023 security update has fixed the battery drain problem and improved the battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S22.
Ahead of this update, a large number of the corresponding device owners reported that their phone’s battery gets discharged early even after normal usage of some social media and video streaming applications. The devices are hardly giving the screen on time of 5.5 hours.
But now the phones are offering excellent battery life. A user has shared the screenshot of his battery performance, which shows over 7 hours of screen on time, and still, there is some battery left of the device.