[Updated] Samsung Galaxy S22 battery drain, heating and low power efficiency issues
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 the software department, the lineup is running One UI 5.1 (Android 13), up from pre-installed Android 12 (One UI 4.1).
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On February 1st, the company unveiled the Galaxy S23 series, which runs Android 13-based One UI 5.1 out of the box. Starting February 13, Samsung has begun to release the S23 lineup’s exclusive One UI 5.1 software with its older flagship devices including the S22 series.
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 the 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 the 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 a 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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Updated on March 22
Besides battery drain, Galaxy S22 users reportedly facing issues with the phone’s wireless charging function. As per a user, wireless charging makes no progress. (In fact, it runs down on the charging pad!) Source
After the One UI 5.0, Galaxy S22 users received One UI 5.1 and the March 2023 security patch. Meanwhile, the excessive battery drain issue still persists on some units powered by the Exynos processor.
S22 Battery lasts barely 4 hours of combined usage, leaving me constantly tethered to a charger or mobile battery pack. I’ve tried various remedies I can find online but to no avail. Source
Due to bad battery life, some Galaxy S22 Ultra users are wondering to upgrade to the Galaxy S23 Ultra, which is setting new records in efficiency. Meanwhile, it’s bad to hear that the company has not yet completely fixed the battery draining issue on the S22 series.
Are my apps that power hungry ? To where I can’t even get 3 hours of SOT, without having to charge. ABSOLUTELY love the phone but considering upgrading to s23 ultra just because of the battery upgrade. Which I can’t even say it’s worth paying the extra 5-600 dollars for that. from S22Ultra
Samsung started rolling out March 2023 security update to the Galaxy S22 series. And we have noted different feedback from consumers, with some users having better battery efficiency, while some are still complaining about the drainage issue.
Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos) users continue to report (1, 2) battery drain issues on their smartphones. Hopefully, the March 2023 security update will bring improvements to battery efficiency as part of fixing the issue.
After upgrading to the One UI 5.1 software, some Galaxy S22 smartphone users are still facing battery draining and low power efficiency issues. Not only the screen on time, but the battery is also getting more consumed while the screen is off, or not in use.
Reports suggest that the One UI 5.1 update has not fixed Galaxy S22’s battery-draining problems.
Samsung pushed the major One UI 5.1 update for several Galaxy devices including the S22 series. It’s now expanding to both Exynos and Snapdragon models, worldwide. Hopefully, the One UI 5.1 update will resolve the battery draining and low power efficiency problems.
Concerns like abnormal battery drain and low power efficiency continue to emerge (1, 2, 3, 4) on the Galaxy S22 series devices. The company has recently pushed the February patch for select Galaxy models, and we hope, it could fix the battery and heating problems.
I have had the Galaxy S22 (Exynos) for almost a year now and my experience has not been completely satisfactory The battery gives me between 2-3 hours of SOT, and the device’s performance has been quite poor. There are frequent lags, the phone gets very hot, and if l’m playing a game (not a heavy game, for example Brawl Stars) while listening to music with the Galaxy Buds Pro, the music cuts out and the experience ends up being very bad. Does anyone else have this problem? Do you think that if a go to the technical service they can give me a solution?
Two more Galaxy S22 smartphone users reported having battery drain and overheating issues. According to the first affected user, their S22 heats up in general usage (such as WhatsApp, Twitter), however, the device is already delivering bad battery efficiency.
Second user said that they have fully charged the smartphone and the battery drained by 13% without any usage in the meantime. The user speculates that the Always on Display feature is eating battery heavily, however, there seems a software issue.
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.
Google Messages app ‘footer vibration’ issue appears on Samsung phones
Samsung Galaxy devices come with two messaging applications pre-installed. Both apps offer great features and have various advantages in their own ways. Recently, an annoying bug was spotted on Samsung devices using Google Messages as the default messaging app.
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User reports, Google Messages footer prompt flickers (like vibration) on the chat screen on Samsung Galaxy devices. It looks quite annoying even in videos shared by users and sometimes leads the handset to vibrate even without any new notification or phone call.
Notably, the Google Messages app footer vibration issue arises on the chat screen where no reply button is available. You can reply to a contact, but the Messages app doesn’t provide the input text and send elements where the reply is not possible such as brands, banks, and telecalls.
Have a look at Google Messages app’s footer vibration bug:
Google Messages footer is vibrating/jumping/dancing on Samsung devices 😂😂😂🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/SRR5HIDIOq
— Samsung One UI Software Updates #SamsungUnpacked (@SamSWUpdate) March 18, 2023
As a temporary solution, you can either clear the app cache (learn how) or try clearing app data and setting up the messages app again. However, this is not a widely spread issue as just a limited number of consumers reported having the annoying bug problem.
If you are also facing the issue on your Android device, ensure the Messages app is updated to the latest version on Google Play Store. Till now, the company has not acknowledged the problem with the footer flickering and we hope, it will get fixed with the next release.
How to get rid of this bug
It’s simple. Just turn your default Messages app to Samsung Messages from Google Messages. Samsung’s native app brings cool features, while there are two choices on Galaxy devices so users can go either with One UI or Android’s Messages app.
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Samsung Galaxy S23 camera blur issue emerge, big update coming too!
Some Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus users reported having a camera blur issue. Since both smartphones feature the same camera setup as their predecessors, it looks like, the software is causing the problem on some units. Besides, big camera firmware is on the way for the S23 series.
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Users of both non-Ultra Galaxy S23 devices complain that whenever they capture images using the primary camera, the focussed part looks sharp, while the edges and sides get blurred. Also, it has been reported that the affected models are manufactured in Vietnam.
Seeing complaints by Galaxy S23 users, some Galaxy S22 users said that this problem also exists on their models, however, they have not reported it at that time. However, we suggest you reach out to the authorized Samsung support center and send it for repair if they identify the issue.
Well-known tipster IceUniverse recently revealed that at the end of March 2023, Samsung will release a big camera firmware update for the Galaxy S23 series. Since the devices would celebrate their second monthly birthday on April 1st, Samsung appears to be fixing the emerging problems.
If it is a hardware defect, sending your Samsung phone for repair is the only solution left. Meanwhile, we believe that the company will fix the problem with the next firmware update. Until then, you can continue rocking with your phone using the manual focus feature before hitting the shutter button.
Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus Camera
The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus bring triple rear cameras including a 50-megapixel (F1.8) wide-angle sensor, a 12-megapixel (F2.2) ultrawide, and a 10-megapixel (F2.4) telephoto. The telephoto camera is capable of 3x optical zoom as well as up to 30x digital zoom.
[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.
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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.
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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.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Bugs/Issues Thread: Heavy battery drain, overheating #Samsung #GalaxyS21 @SamsungMobile
Consumers having issues with their S21 can share their concerns/feedback in the comments.
— Sammy Fans (@thesammyfans) January 28, 2023
Updated on March 13:
Following so many reports of low battery performance for the Galaxy S21, a tipster says that the battery performance of his phone has improved substantially after the One UI 5.1 March 2023 update. The tipster is using the Exynos model of Galaxy S21 smartphone in India.
Don’t forget to let us know if the One UI 5.1 March 2023 patch fixed the battery of your phone as well.
Galaxy S21 OneUI 5.1 March update fixes battery..it's 90% on WiFi.. #GalaxyS21 #OneUI5dot1 #OneUI5_1 pic.twitter.com/4jLie8kVyB
— Tarun Vats (@tarunvats33) March 12, 2023
A Galaxy S21 Plus model user has reported that his phone’s 85% battery is offering just 4 hours of screen time. He is using the phone with a 120Hz refresh rate, maximum 50% brightness extra dim, and location and mobile data off. This is normal usage but his phone is giving less battery life.
The heavy battery drain issue continues to appear for Galaxy S21 users. A user briefed that even after replacing the phone, he has to charge the device 2 to 3 times a day as its battery is draining too early. He also claims that none of the apps is running in the background and still his S21 is consuming a lot of battery.
Even the new buyers of Galaxy S21 smartphones are facing battery drain and heating issues. A user has told that his S21 barely lasts for half of the day as well as it gets heated all the time while using it.
Many other Galaxy S21 series users have conveyed their concerns about the overheating problems they are facing on their smartphones. A user said his phone always gets uncomfortably warm during light use or even just sitting at the home screen with no background apps running.
The battery drain issue of Galaxy S21 is getting worst with time. A user recently reported that his phone is getting discharged around 3% every hour even when the screen is off. He lost 25% of his phone’s battery in 8 hours without doing anything to it.
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.