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Turn off Battery Optimization on Samsung devices

The dark side of Battery Optimization

Since you are here you probably experienced missing location report or slower synchronization. This issue is due to Battery optimization solutions used by the manufacturers.

These measures often kill the apps or limit them otherwise. For example delay messages. Also preventing GPS positioning for reports. Therefore they make the apps totally unusable.

Certainly making things worse the setup differs for each manufacturer and Android version.


Finally, let’s dive into the mysteries of Samsung Battery Optimization – shall we?

Samsung Galaxy – Android 5,6

On Samsung Galaxy that runs Android 5 or 6 you only need to check one option.

Go to Apps/Settings/Power saving/Power saving mode and make sure it is off.

Disable power saving mode
Disable power saving mode

Samsung Galaxy – Android 7,8

On Android 7 and 8 the app is now called Device Maintenance. You find a few options to make sure EverTrack app works well.

Go to Apps/Settings/Device Maintenance and change these settings:

1. Disable battery optimization for EverTrack app

By disabling battery optimization you ensure that EverTrack will work in the background.

Select "Battery Usage"
Select “Battery Usage”
Pick "Optimize battery usage" from the drop-down
Pick “Optimize battery usage” from the drop-down
Select "All apps" then find "EverTrack"
Select “All apps” then find “EverTrack”

2. Add EverTrack to the list of “Unmonitored apps”
Setting EverTrack app as an “Unmonitored app” you can ensure the system never limits the app.

Add "EverTrack" to "Unmonitored apps"
Add “EverTrack” to “Unmonitored apps”.

Samsung Galaxy – Android 9 (Device care)

Samsung has renamed his app on Android 9 and now it’s called Device Care. The features are similar although slightly changed in appearance. They removed the “Unmonitored apps” option but added a new one to optimize memory.

Go to Apps/Settings/Device care and change these settings:

1. Disable “Auto optimization”

Open the settings menu on the top right corner of the screen
Open the settings menu on the top right corner of the screen
Select "Auto optimization"
Select “Auto optimization”
Turn auto optimization off
Turn auto optimization off

2. Disable “App power management”.

Select "Battery Charging" in "Device Care"
Select “Battery Charging” in “Device Care”.
Open settings on the top right corner of the screen
Open settings on the top right corner of the screen.
Open settings on the top right corner of the screen
Open settings on the top right corner of the screen.
Turn off  "Adaptive battery", "Put unused apps to sleep" and " Auto disable unused apps"
Turn off “Adaptive battery”, “Put unused apps to sleep” and “Auto disable unused apps”.

3. Disable memory optimization for EverTrack app††††.

Open "Memory" menu in "Device Care"
Open “Memory” menu in “Device Care”
Open setting on the top right corner of the screen
Open setting on the top right corner of the screen
Pick "Apps that aren't checked"
Pick “Apps that aren’t checked”
Add EverTrack to the list of Unmonitored apps
Add EverTrack to the list of Unmonitored apps

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This is Zoltan Sardi the founder of CorvusGPS.com. I'm an entrepreneur and startupper who like learning and blogging about new technologies, services, solutions and small startups. The Team of CorvusGPS provides Fleet and Field Service Management Software, especially for Small and Medium-sized enterprises. We are building software in the Fleet Management space for the last 5 years. You can find me on Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
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