Can’t put up with the unexpected Google Play Services battery drain on your Android device? It’s time to take a holistic approach to prevent your device from rapid battery drain!

There could be more than one reason behind the unusual battery consumption of Google Play Services. As for instance, it could be the addition of too many Google accounts, power-hungry third party apps and more. Hence, you may have to try out multiple solutions to get the better of the problem. Let’s cut the chase!

Tips to Fix Google Play Services Battery Drain

Quick Tip:

First off, check out which apps are consuming more battery on your device. Head over to the battery section in the Settings app to have the clear view about the battery consumption on the device. If you find any app or service eating unexpected battery, make sure to take it to the task. I mean, clear its catche, update it to the latest version and clean up all the unnecessary data related to it.

Solution #1: Stop the Automatic Syncing

Thanks to auto syncing functionality, Google Play Services keep your account up-to-date in the easiest possible manner. I find it very helpful. However, whenever I wish to extend the battery life on my Android device, I make sure to turn it off.

The auto-syncing feature is known to be power hungry and should be dealt with astutely. Hence, disable it for the good health of your battery life.

Once you have disabled auto-syncing of data, you will have to sync each account manually to get recent information. Besides, you will not receive alerts about updates.

Simply pull down the notification panel on your device, check out the auto-syncing. If it is in green color, it’s active now. Tap on it in order to disable it.

Alternately, launch Settings app on your Android device.

Scroll down and tap on Accounts which is under Personal.

Tap on three dots at the upper right of the screen.

Next, you need to tap “Auto-sync Data”. Then, you need to tap on OK in the popup to confirm.

Solution #2: Update Google Play Services

One of the easiest ways you can fix the battery draining of the Google Play services is by keeping it up to date. First off, uninstall its updates.
Then, go to the Play Store and install it.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your device.

Step #2. Next, you need to scroll down and tap on Apps.

Step #3. Now, scroll down again and tap on Google Play Services.Step #4. Next up, tap on the three dots at the top right corner.

Step #5. Tap on Uninstall updates.

Step #6. Open Play Store and install Google Play Services.

Solution #3: Some third party apps might be Playing Spoil-Sport with Google Play Services

Some third party apps could be misusing your Google Play Services. Check out the apps that are using it and take them to the task. The ideal way to prevent them from draining the battery life would be to delete them and then install them.

Remove Accounts and Re-add them

Have you added more than one Google accounts on your device? Try getting rid of the ones you no longer want. When you delete any account, all of messages, contacts and other data will be deleted from the phone.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your device.

Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Accounts.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap on Google.

Step #4. Next, tap on the three dots at the top right corner.

Step #5. Now, tap on Remove account.

Solution #4: Take Control of GPS

There are many apps that need to access your location to provide accurate information. They request for your location through Google Play Services. GPS is probably the most power-hungry feature. It consumes not just lot of battery but also kills plenty of data.

Check out if some apps are using GPS on your device. The smartest way you can prevent Google Play Services from allowing apps to access GPS is to just set the GPS mode to “battery saving”. Simply open Settings app → Location and turn on battery saving mode.

Solution #5: Disable Google Now

Google Now is a brilliant personal assistant that uses natural language to answer questions, make recommendations and more. But if you are not using it, turn it off. It can help you extend the battery life of your device.

Step #1. Open Google app on your device.

Step #2. Tap on the menu button (looks like three horizontal dots) at the top left corner.

Step #3. Tap on Settings.

Step #4. Now, tap on Voice.

Step #5. Next, you have to tap on OK Google detection.

Step #6. Finally, turn off the switch next to From the Google app.

Solution #6: Avoid Using a task Killer App

Many folks use task killer apps to easily disable unwanted process. And, I find them quite handy in terms of functionality. However, at times when you kill any task, it begins to back up again. As a result, your device drains plenty of battery.

Solution #7: Disable Security Software

Security software drains tons of battery as it’s always up and running. Though I would recommend you to be guarded against hacking or spamming, it would be better to disable security software for the sake of the battery life of your device.

If you don’t want to fall prey to spammers, then never download apps from unreliable app stores. Besides, don’t open unknown attachments.

Solution #8: Factory Reset Your Device

If none of the above-mentioned tricks have helped you in getting rid of this issue, reset your device to factory settings. It will delete all of your personal information and apps. Hence, make sure to take a complete backup of your device before going for the kill.

Note: The process to factory data reset may slightly differ on different Android devices.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device.

Step #2. Next, scroll down to the bottom of the settings menu and tap on Backup and reset.

Step #3. You need to scroll down again and tap on Factory data reset.

Step #4. Tap on Reset phone → Erase everything.

Solution #9: Update Your Android Device

If your device is up for an update, make sure to upgrade it to the latest version. As always, back up your device before going for the software update.

(Settings → Backup & reset → Back up my data)

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your device.

Step #2. Scroll down to the bottom.

Step #3. Now, tap on About phone.

Step #4. Tap on System/Software Update.

Step #5. Download and install the software as usual.

The Bottom Line:

Hopefully, these tips have worked in fixing this issue on your device. The fast battery consumption of system apps is a common problem that most of us have encountered from time to time. Therefore, it can be easily resolved. Frankly speaking, there are two tricks that have often worked for me in resolving this problem are—disable auto-sync of Google Play Services and factory data reset.

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