Battery consumption of Google Play services on Android

Google Play Services are essential for the operation of Google apps and services on Android devices. It keeps applications up to date, provides location services, promotes data synchronization with Google, and generally improves app performance.

Despite the multifaceted responsibilities of Google Play Services, your device’s battery is not draining faster than usual. However, there are several factors that can cause the service to consume excessive battery. In this article, we will highlight the main causes of Google Play Services battery draining issue and their respective solutions.

Quick Tip: To check the battery usage of Google Play Services in Android, go to Settingsselect BatteryPress menu icon select in the top right corner battery usageand search Google Play Services in the “Battery usage since full charge” section.

Forced Update of Google Play Services

All Android devices will automatically update Google Play Services as soon as a new version is available in the Play Store. If your device doesn’t update Google Play Services in the background, some Google apps and services may stop working properly. That can also cause Google Play Services to consume more battery power than usual.

Fortunately, you can always manually update Google Play services on your Android device.

  1. Open the Settings app, type play services in the search bar and select Google Play Services at the results.
  1. Fold the . from Advanced section, scroll to the “Save” section and select App details
  1. Tap Update or to install† If you don’t find any of these buttons on the page, it means you have the latest version of Google Play Services installed on your device.

Clear Google Play Services cache and data

Google Play Services, like any other Android app, hosts temporary files (also known as cached data) on your smartphone to improve performance. Unfortunately, these files can also lead to performance issues, excessive storage usage, memory issues, and more.

Deleting temporary cache data is an easy way to fix the Google Play services draining issue.

  1. Open the Settings app, type play services in the search bar and select Google Play Services at the results.
  1. Select Storage & Cache
  2. Press Empty storage space
  1. If you find that the Google Play Services battery issue persists after a few hours, return to the App Info page and tap Empty storage space to delete the app’s data.
  1. Tap Clear all data and select Okay at the confirmation prompt to continue.

Clear Google Play Store cache and data

Deleting the Play Store cache and save data can Troubleshoot Google Play Services

  1. Start the Settings app, type play shop in the search bar and select Google Play Store
  1. Select Storage & Cache and tap Clear cache to delete the temporary files from the Play Store.
  1. Then tap Empty storage space and select Okay at the confirmation prompt.

Reset Google Play Services

This involves uninstalling all updates to Google Play services from your device and resetting the system service to factory settings.

  1. Go to SettingsApps and notificationsApp information (or View all appsGoogle Play Services
  2. Press menu icon with three dots select in the top right corner Uninstall updatesand select Okay on the confirmation.
  1. Open the Google Play Store and your device should automatically install the latest version of Google Play Services.

Check your device’s sync settings

Google Play Services is also responsible for syncing personal and app data with your Google account. Google Play Services will drain your battery quickly if you have multiple accounts that sync a lot of data at the same time. Or, if your device experiencing sync errors† Google Play Services will continue to retry syncing, which will drain your device’s battery.

Check your device’s settings and disable automatic syncing for unnecessary accounts and data.

  1. Go to Settingsbills and select the account or app whose configuration settings you want to change.
  1. Select Account sync
  1. Turn off syncing for items you don’t want in your Google account.
  1. Then tap the menu icon in the top right corner and select Sync now to manually retry the failed sync.

While you’re at it, make sure your device has an active internet connection. Connect your device to a power source and use a Wi-Fi connection via mobile data.

Check your device’s location permissions

Google Play Services is a major provider of location services in Android. The more apps that have access to your device’s location, the harder Google Play Services will work, resulting in higher battery consumption. Go through your device’s location permission settings and disable location permissions for unused or unnecessary apps.

  1. Go to Settingsselect Privacyand select Consent Manager
  1. Select Place

We recommend turning off “Always” location access for all apps. Configure applications to only access your device’s location when it is in use. Better yet, disable location access if you don’t need it – real-time access to your location will negatively impact your battery.

  1. Select an app in the ‘Always allowed’ section and set the location access to Only allow while using the app
  1. To revoke an app’s location permission, select the app in the “Always allowed” or “Allowed only while in use” section and select To deny† Tap Anyway deny continue.

View apps in the “Always allowed” and “Allowed only during use” sections and revoke location access for any strange app, or apps that can function properly without location access.

Please note that disabling location access may cause some apps and system functions to be unavailable. For example, location-based reminders may not work if you disable real-time location permission for your to-do or reminder app.

So carefully check your device’s location permission and disable real-time or ‘in use’ access for non-critical apps or apps that can function properly without location access.

Restart your device

Sometimes restarting your Android smartphone or tablet will fix issues that prevent Google Play services and other system apps from working properly.

Press and hold the on your device power button and select Restarting in the power menu.

Use your device for a few minutes or hours and check the battery usage of your device. If Google Play Services is still at the top of the battery usage chart, update your device’s operating system.

Update or downgrade your device

System-level bugs in outdated or new Android versions can affect the performance of Google apps and services. Update your device’s operating system if you haven’t installed an important update or security patch for a long time.

Go to SettingsSystemAdvancedSystem update and install new or pending updates on the page.

Conversely, if you find the Google Play services battery draining after installing a system update, downgrade your device to an older, bug-free Android version

Fixed battery consumption in Google Play Store

If the Google Play services draining problem persists, or if your phone turns off even when the battery indicator shows that there is still enough power left, you may want to consider recalibrate your device’s battery† Activating Android Battery Saver (SettingsBatteryBattery saverTurn on now) is another worthy troubleshooting step to try.

That helps conserve your device’s battery by reducing background activity of certain apps and services.

If nothing changes, please contact Google Play Supportyour device manufacturer, or make an appointment at the nearest repair center to have your device examined for software and hardware-related irregularities.

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