Enhanced processing is one of the prominent new features in Galaxy S20 Android 11 update.
This Galaxy S20 guide explains what the enhanced processing is, how to enable it from Settings and quick settings panel and how to use enhanced processing on Galaxy S20 with Android 11 update.
The enhanced processing option is available after you upgraded Galaxy S20 (and Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy Note 20) to Android 11. If your Galaxy S20 is still running Android 10, please check this guide on how to use and customise the power mode.
What is enhanced processing on Galaxy S20 with Android 11 update?
But Samsung hasn't offered a detailed explanation of this feature, except stating:
Get faster data processing for all apps except games. use more battery.
There are some wrong inceptions on this feature on the internet. Some mistakenly thought the enhanced processing is simply the old high-performance mode.
So, what is enhanced processing?
First, the enhanced processing, once enabled, can unleash the full CPU (and GPU) power so that the app can run faster.
Second, the enhanced processing works with power saving mode. In other words, you can use this feature even in the power saving mode.
It sounds confusing. But it makes sense.
Apparently, the enhanced processing actually unleash the CPU power on demand. When you are using an app in the power saving mode, in the past, the CPU speed is capped. Now, with the enhanced processing, the limit can be removed on demand with other restrictions (e.g., brightness) in place. Of course, it does not affect background apps.
Third, enhanced processing is a standalone feature.
Galaxy S20 Android 11 update simplified the power modes to 2 modes only: default mode and power saving mode. The enhanced processing adds the option to speed up the CPU speed on demand for active (foreground) apps. This addressed the battery consumption issue in the old performance mode.
At the same time, there are many complaints about the old medium power saving mode, which slows down the apps noticeably. Some owners question the rationale of limiting the speed for the foreground apps. The enhanced processing addressed this issue in the power saving issue. With this feature, you will not feel the slowdown when you enable the power saving mode.
In a nutshell, the enhanced processing is an on-demand speed booster. It unleashes the full processing power for foreground apps.
Of course, enhanced processing will consume a bit more battery, depending on how often the processing power is elevated. You may need to charge the Galaxy 20 battery slightly more often. But the battery life (e..g, screen-on time, SOT) should be better than the old High-performance mode.
How to enable and disable enhanced processing?
By default, enhanced processing is not enabled after you updated Galaxy S20 to Android 11.
You can enable or disable the feature from quick settings panel or Settings.
Once enabled, you will see the corresponding icon status icon on the status bar.
Enable and disable enhanced processing from Settings
You can enable or disable this feature from Galaxy S20 Settings.
As shown in the screenshot below, you can tap Battery and device care to manage battery settings on Galaxy S20.
On the Device care page, tap Battery, as shown above.
On the Battery setting page, as shown below, swipe down, and then tap More battery settings.
Most of the advanced settings for Galaxy S20 battery are grouped into More battery settings in Android 11 update for Galaxy S20, e.g.,
- Enable (disable) fast charging, superfast charging, fast wireless charging.
- Show charging information when always-on display (AOD) is not shown.
- Sow battery percentage.
- Enable/disable adaptive battery optimisation.
- Enable (disable) enhanced processing.
As shown above, you can use the switch to turn on or turn off this feature.
Please note, the enhanced processing status icon appears only when you are in the notification panel (swipe down from the status bar) or quick settings panel.
Enable and disable enhanced processing from Quick Settings Panel
Galaxy S20 quick settings panel lets you access some system controls quickly without navigating through the Settings page, as explained in this guide.
You can also use the enhanced processing button in the quick settings panel.
But by default, the button is not added. So, after upgrading Galaxy S20 to Android 11, you need to add the button to use it.
You need to access the quick settings panel by swiping twice from the status bar (or top of the screen if the status bar is hidden).
Once in the quick settings panel, as shown in the screenshot below, tap the menu key (3 vertical dots)
Please note, the quick settings panel (and notification panel) is semi-transparent in Samsung's Android 11 udpate. It may be annoying for some owners. But you cannot customize it or make it opaque.
In the quick settings menu, as shown above, tap Edit buttons.
This allows you to add or remove buttons from the quick settings panel. You can also rearrange the order of the buttons, as explained in this guide.
Since Android 10 update, Samsung removed the button grid options. If you need button grids to use more or fewer buttons on one page, you have to install Samsung's Good Lock app (from Galaxy Store, NOT from Google Play Store) and use QuickStar to see the grid options.
As shown below, the Enhanced processing button is available, but not added.
You can add it by tapping and holding the button, then moving it to the desired spot.
As shown above, for example, you may want to place the button in front of the Secure Folder.
So, you can simply drop the button there. Of course, this will push the Secure Folder icon to the next page.
Once the button is in the desired location, you need to tap Done, as shown below, to confirm the change.
If you forget to tap Done, then the change will be discarded automatically. So remember to tap Done once you get the desired arrangement.
Please note, you can tap Done after adding and moving multiple buttons. It is NOT necessary to tap it for each button operation.
Enable and disable enhanced processing from quick settings
Once you add the button to the quick settings panel, you can use it like other buttons.
For example, as shown above, when the enhanced processing feature is enabled, the button turns blue (in dark mode).
At the same time, on the status bar, you can find the corresponding icon.
You can tap the button to disable enhanced processing if you need to save some battery.
Do you understand the enhanced processing in Galaxy S20 Android 11 update? Can you use this feature to boost the performance of your Galaxy S20?
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