Battery life on smartphones is still somewhat of an issue, and numerous device manufacturers have attempted to overcome the slow progress of battery technology through various means, such as giving users the option to recharge their smartphones faster using options like Quick Charge. A similar technology called Fast Charging (also known as Fast cable charging) is used by Samsung in some of its upper-range handsets too, but interestingly enough, the company’s latest version of its proprietary TouchWiz user interface covering smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow allows users to disable Fast Charging from the settings menu.
To be clear, the ability to turn off Fast Charging was removed from the previous version of TouchWiz used by the company’s top-tier smartphones released last year. Exactly why this option was removed is unknown, but what’s relevant is the fact that the company’s latest TouchWiz version based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow reintroduces the option in devices featuring Fast Charging out of the box, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7. Evidently, disabling this option will not make your smartphone recharge faster, and on the contrary, it will slow down the charging process. Nevertheless, turning off Fast Charging does have its uses. For starters, recharging a battery slower can improve the unit’s lifespan in the long run. In addition, using technologies such as Fast Charging can heat up the battery, making the smartphone less comfortable to use during recharge periods.
All in all, throughout the years TouchWiz UI has sparked numerous debates as to whether or not it’s actually useful. Each year Samsung tried to improve its proprietary user interface by removing bloatware and by adding extra features on top of Google’s stock Android OS, and throughout the years, these changes have been hit and miss. However, having the ability to enable or disable Fast Charging is definitely a plus, and although it’s likely that this option will not be used by most Samsung users who enjoy or rely on short recharge periods, it can come in handy in certain situations. Owners of Samsung smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow can head down to their device’s “Battery” submenu within “Settings”, and tick the “Fast cable charging” switch On or Off.