What Is Samsung Device Care? (All You Need to Know)

Maintaining a device adequately over time is key to getting as much mileage and functionality out of it as possible.

One way to do this is by using Samsung device care. If you’re looking to learn more about it to see what it can do for you, here’s what you need to know!

What Is Samsung Device Care in 2024?

Samsung device care allows users to optimize their devices by freeing up resources and keeping tabs on usage. It comes preinstalled on all Galaxy phones and tablets these days but is also available for download from different app stores. Some of the resources it focuses on are storage, battery and memory (RAM), on top of providing access to diagnostic tools.

Read on to learn all you need to know about Samsung device care, including how to use it, what it actually does and more!

How Do I Access Samsung Device Care?

You can access Samsung device care by going to your device’s settings menu and then tapping “Battery and device care” from the list.

How Can I Use Samsung Device Care?

To use Samsung device care, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to “Battery and device care”
  3. Go through the stats on the page and hit “Optimize” to run the service
  4. Hit “Done” when it’s finished

After you do this, you’ll get a report that includes information on the following:

  1. Abnormal battery usage
  2. App crashes
  3. Background apps that have been closed
  4. Virus scanning

You can also set up the following automated actions:

  1. Daily optimization
  2. Restart the device at certain times
  3. Turn on adaptive power-saving techniques that respond to your usage patterns

At the bottom of your screen, you can sign in to your Samsung account and run diagnostics on components such as your touch screen, the charging system, and sensors.

How Do I Get Device Care on My Home Screen?

You can get device care on your home screen by following these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to “Battery and device care”
  3. Click the three vertical dots in the top right corner of the screen to open the menu
  4. Tap “Add to Apps screen”
  5. Go back to the Home screen and bring up the app drawer
  6. Press and hold the “Device care” icon until you get the option to add it to the Home screen. You could also keep holding it down to add it to the Home screen directly

After you add it to the Home screen, you can also add its widget by pressing and holding the icon until you get the option to do so.

If you want to add just the device care widget and not the app icon itself to the Home screen, you can follow these steps:

  1. Tap and hold a blank area of the Home screen
  2. Click on “Widgets” from the options that appear at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click on “Device care”
  4. Choose between the two widget options available then tap and hold it to place it where you want it on the Home screen

What Does the Device Care Widget Do?

What Does the Device Care Widget Do?

What the device care widget does depends on whether you’re using the 4×1 or 1×1 variant and where you tap.

If you’re using the 1×1 variant, it will do some of the same things that hitting “Optimize” does from the main section in the device’s settings, mostly closing background apps to free up memory.

If you’re on the 4×1 widget, clicking the brush icon will have the same effect as above, but clicking the resource bars will open the full device care service.

Is Samsung Device Care Free?

Samsung device care is free and actually comes preloaded on all new Galaxy devices. 

As well, you can download and install it for free from both the Galaxy Store and Google Play Store, and you don’t need to pay to use any of its features.

Should You Use Device Care on Samsung?

If you’re someone that installs and regularly runs several different apps, we recommend using Samsung device care from time to time.

It helps you ensure that your resources don’t become scarce, e.g. by freeing up memory so you can run apps smoothly.

As well, it allows you to keep an eye on other aspects that are crucial to your experience with the device, such as software updates and diagnostic tests.

However, if you can’t run it (e.g. you’re on older software or you don’t have a Samsung device) you can get most of the same benefits of the “Optimize” function by restarting your device.

As well, you can do most of the same diagnostic tests on most Samsung phones by entering *#0*# into the dialer without needing to log into an account.

Additionally, most smartphones and tablets come with a built-in resource manager that will, at the very least, tell you which apps use your battery the most.

How Do I Get Rid Of Device Care App?

Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of the device care app on a Samsung because it’s a system app – it doesn’t give you the option to uninstall, and the “Disable” button is grayed out.

You can only remove it from view by getting rid of the widgets and app icons, whether they’re in the app drawer or Home screen.

To know more, you can also read our posts on Samsung Dex, Samsung Global, and Samsung FE.


Samsung device care allows you to free up some resources, including storage and memory, and also lets you monitor battery usage. Additionally, you can use it to run diagnostic tests on different components such as the sensors and touch screen.

You can access the service by going to “Battery and device care” under the settings menu. You also have the option to set up automated tasks, such as restarting the device at regular times or conducting optimization on a daily basis.

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Florence Howard

Florence Howard has been freelance writing for over a decade, and has a vocational background in retail, tech, and marketing. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to rock and metal, and playing with her dog and cat.

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