How To Fix Google Play Services Causing Battery Drain


The battery drain due to Google Play Services on Android is a very common issue. There are several complaints about the apps eating the batteries in a range of devices with different Android versions from KitKat to Oreo. Let’s find out the problem to know what’s going wrong and get the solutions for this issue.

Spot Google Play Services Causing Battery Drain
If your phone has to suffer from a terrible battery life, the culprit could come from Google Play Services. The easiest way to know if Google Play Services is causing the battery drain on your device is popping into the Battery section in Settings app. From there, just tap on Battery usage section.
You will now see the biggest power hogs, and you should see the battery usage of Screen at number one, which eats up the most power-hungry part. But if the battery usage of Google Play Services is higher than the display or the Android system, something’s absolutely going wrong.
Why the problem happens and how to fix it
There are a lot of reasons why it eats up more battery than normal. Although there are not the clear solutions to fix the problem on your device, here some things you can check.
Is Google Play Services up to date?
If you started seeing the battery drain after an OTA update of Google Play Services, you should accelerate through your Play Services versions to resolve the problem.
If the latest OTA version is causing the problem, you should then check if there is a new beta version of Google Play Services available. Many Pixel and OnePlus users have been able to stop the battery drain issue just by installing the latest beta Google Play Services version.
Do you load of accounts?
The main mission of Play Services is downloading things in the background. They could be the app’s ads, notifications and more.
If you add multiple Google Accounts on your phone, then Google Play Services will have to do all that for your multiple accounts.
Are third party apps misusing Google Play Services?
If the battery drain is faster than normal, the problem might not only come from Google Play Services, it can be one of the apps using it. You should try booting your phone into the Safe Mode to check. If the battery problem goes away, the problem must come from the third party apps.
Sync errors
Sync errors occur when Google synchronizes data but it fails. Moreover, problems with your data can cause the sync errors as well. For example, if something is wrong with your contacts, Gmail, it can cause Google to keep synchronizing your local data with servers.
To fix the issue, you just remove and then re-add your accounts. However, before doing that, you should disable Cellular Data in Settings and then turn it back on again.

Check your GPS
When an app requires your location, it needs to use Google Play Services. Since Google Play Services facilitates the process, so the GPS is the culprit of the fast battery drain issue.
On your phone, go to Settings > Battery and tap on the Usage screen. Next, tap on Google Play Services and you will see a detailed screen. Simply scroll down until you see Location and tap on it.
There will three mode options, and you can find one, called Power saving. It doesn't use GPS to retrieve your location, and while this mode is less accurate, it can help you save battery life when only using your mobile data and Wi-Fi. If you see this setting inaccurate, you can then switch it to High accuracy.
Do you a task killer app?
Task killers are designed to close the unwanted processes, but sometimes killing a task causes the result that it starts back up again, which makes your phone work harder. So, you should try disabling your task killer and then check if it can improve the battery life.
Do you use security software?
Security software will eat up a lot of your phone battery life as it always on and requires much power. Although the threat of malware on Android is quite popular, if you don’t download apps from certificated app stores and don’t open the unclear attachments, the risk of infection is nearly 0%. Simply disable your security software and check the result.