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By Galaxo60, Senior Member on 31st July 2013, 12:51 AM
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Google Services Battery DrainAndroid System Battery Drain
About Android System battery drains, I have found 2 posts that could help of people who made tests and possibly resolved the issue:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...06&postcount=7
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...18&postcount=5

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UPDATES http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=161.

Sep 13, 2013 - I have installed PSX ROM with PSX GAPPS(based on BaNkS) and the Google Services drain is the same, around 5%-8% after a normal usage day. I don't report any problem.

Sep 20, 2013 - I have flashed Purity ROM and Purified Kernel and the Google Services drain is a little bit higher, around 10%, but still have good battery and performance.

Sep 24, 2013 - The opportunity now is for PSX v7 with default kernel(SiMa). Google Services drain is behaving normally, around 10%. It seems that the last update from September increased a little the Google Services wakelock. Still is performing well and it is a decent drain.

Sep 30, 2013 - Added some useful information and solution from user 511pf: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...&postcount=227

Oct 24, 2013 - I flashed PSX 8.2 with default kernel, a very battery friendly and balanced kernel. Google Services drain is good, around 8%.

Oct 30, 2013 - I make a clean install of PSX 8.5 with new kernel and Google Services still are around 8%. No major problems with them.

Nov 12, 2013 - I came back to stock to wait for the Android 4.4 update, and the Google Services remain the same: around 7%. No major issues presented and battery drain over night is around 5% for 9 hours.

FINAL UPDATE: Nov 23, 2013 - I flashed stock image for Android 4.4 and Play Services drain reappeared. The problem is, after some researching, that KitKat has "modes" for location settings. There are 3 modes: high precision, battery friendly and device only. The first two drain battery as hell, but the third one makes the Play Services drain completely gone. With this in mind, widgets and Google Now are still fully functional, just Near Places is not available as well as some apps that need location, because it will work with just the GPS. My battery has greatly increased after I made this change.

I won't be continuing with this thread because I already sold my Nexus 4 and I got a Nexus 5, so I'm moving on. I will ask a moderator if it possible to make this thread a sticky thread so it will continue to be available to all the Nexus 4 users.

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NEW GOOGLE PLAY SERVICES - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...le.android.gms

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31st July 2013, 11:34 AM |#2  
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sweet! i'll test and confirm that soon.

i'll leave the GPS on, but the wifi off. (GPS will stay off even if checked because i barely use it)

and yes, you are right, in betterbatterystats, i get alot of location checking, and my country doesn't even support location reporting :P
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Is your device running latest 4.3 ? I remember reading that 4.3 has a fix for this issue.

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31st July 2013, 11:53 AM |#4  
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Is your device running latest 4.3 ? I remember reading that 4.3 has a fix for this issue.

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mine no, I'm waiting for the stable versiob of PAC ROM.

So meanwhile, I'm going for this solution

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31st July 2013, 03:59 PM |#5  
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Originally Posted by Srikks

Is your device running latest 4.3 ? I remember reading that 4.3 has a fix for this issue.

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mine no, I'm waiting for the stable versiob of PAC ROM.

So meanwhile, I'm going for this solution

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1st August 2013, 02:45 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by Srikks

Is your device running latest 4.3 ? I remember reading that 4.3 has a fix for this issue.

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mine no, I'm waiting for the stable versiob of PAC ROM.

So meanwhile, I'm going for this solution

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These are the results, the drain is still there although it is not much in 4.3. I have say to say that battery improvement is huge in this new version, so maybe this could matters directly with the drain.

I think still that is better to uncheck that option is not needed, so 10% of your battery or more won't be affected by this wakelock.

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Guys I am facing such extremely annoying Google Services (DownloadManager in BBS) battery drain + mobile/wifi data usage issue and I have been searching for some hours.

First of all I have tried the most answered solution - clearing the data of all those stuffs related to Google Services - well it did not work so well.

Then I don't think freezing download manager / factory reset / restrict background data / disabling google services framework are good solutions as I myself did not make changes related to this recently so a factory reset should not be needed, plus the other mentioned solutions would cause syncing issues with Google and this doesn't suit my lifestyle of heavily depending on various google services.

Many of you have proposed that the massive download / repeated downloads are related to downloading the 4.3 OTA and that might be possible according to the similar file sizes as well as logcats you have found. But on the other hand one of the solution - disabling Network Locations settings has also stopped the "download" triangle from constantly staying there when my wifi is on. Therefore we can conclude that it is partially related to the 4.3 OTA download which cannot be disabled on our custom ROMs, as well as partially about the stock Network Location settings.

Fortunately after many posts that do not provide a feasible answer I have found this xda post which addresses the issue related to the Google Play Store 4.1.6. Some of the users have reported that 4.1.10 has fixed the issue and some even said the newest version 4.2.9 is over the internet since 25/7 together with 4.3 update.

Not sure why such critical update did not roll out to the unluckily bunch of us from Google, but I have found the Android Police source about 4.1.10 fixing the "Network Location bug which hogs the battery" and hopefully this will stop the DownloadManager wakelock as well as the crazy battery drain + data drain by Google Services.

I haven't tested this thoroughly because I will probably need a day to check out whether it stops the crazy behaviour but I would just like to share with you guys my founding as soon as possible so you guys can try it out together with me. The latest Google Play Store 4.2.9 apk can be downloaded from Android Police here.

Hope I have helped! Good luck to you and me!

PS sorry for the duplicating post in the same Q&A forum of N4 but I really want to help as many people as possible.
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downloading latest playstore... will test... and btw, greenifying google services won't break sync

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Guys I am facing such extremely annoying Google Services (DownloadManager in BBS) battery drain + mobile/wifi data usage issue and I have been searching for some hours.

First of all I have tried the most answered solution - clearing the data of all those stuffs related to Google Services - well it did not work so well.

Then I don't think freezing download manager / factory reset / restrict background data / disabling google services framework are good solutions as I myself did not make changes related to this recently so a factory reset should not be needed, plus the other mentioned solutions would cause syncing issues with Google and this doesn't suit my lifestyle of heavily depending on various google services.

Many of you have proposed that the massive download / repeated downloads are related to downloading the 4.3 OTA and that might be possible according to the similar file sizes as well as logcats you have found. But on the other hand one of the solution - disabling Network Locations settings has also stopped the "download" triangle from constantly staying there when my wifi is on. Therefore we can conclude that it is partially related to the 4.3 OTA download which cannot be disabled on our custom ROMs, as well as partially about the stock Network Location settings.

Fortunately after many posts that do not provide a feasible answer I have found this xda post which addresses the issue related to the Google Play Store 4.1.6. Some of the users have reported that 4.1.10 has fixed the issue and some even said the newest version 4.2.9 is over the internet since 25/7 together with 4.3 update.

Not sure why such critical update did not roll out to the unluckily bunch of us from Google, but I have found the Android Police source about 4.1.10 fixing the "Network Location bug which hogs the battery" and hopefully this will stop the DownloadManager wakelock as well as the crazy battery drain + data drain by Google Services.

I haven't tested this thoroughly because I will probably need a day to check out whether it stops the crazy behaviour but I would just like to share with you guys my founding as soon as possible so you guys can try it out together with me. The latest Google Play Store 4.2.9 apk can be downloaded from Android Police here.

Hope I have helped! Good luck to you and me!

PS sorry for the duplicating post in the same Q&A forum of N4 but I really want to help as many people as possible.

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downloading latest playstore... will test... and btw, greenifying google services won't break sync

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Don't lose your time with that article. Drain happened to me with Google Play Store 4.1.10 and also with Google Play Store 4.2.9. I was a completely week trying to install every Play Store I could and never worked.

Indeed most of test were made with 4.2.9, and the only way I could stop Google Services to appear in the battery graph was unchecking the option I mentioned before. At least for me, this is the only thing it worked to stop this.

2nd August 2013, 11:44 PM |#10  
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Don't lose your time with that article. Drain happened to me with Google Play Store 4.1.10 and also with Google Play Store 4.2.9. I was a completely week trying to install every Play Store I could and never worked.

Indeed most of test were made with 4.2.9, and the only way I could stop Google Services to appear in the battery graph was unchecking the option I mentioned before. At least for me, this is the only thing it worked to stop this.

Same here. Only way was to disable the WiFi location. No fix in sight until Google decides to fix it themselves

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Turning this off means Google Now will stop working.

It is useful sometimes though...so if anyone knows of an alternative way...

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