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Google Play Services draining my battery since I updated to Lollipop

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By timmy.andro, Junior Member on 9th February 2015, 01:40 PM
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Hi Guys,
since I updated to Lollipop I noticed a dramatic battery use by "Google Play Services". If until know cell standby, or Screen were the main battery drainers, nowadays more than half of my battery is taken by Google Play Services. I am aware there is a "GPS bug" in lollipop and if I reboot my phone with Wi-Fi on I have no problem with Google Play Services, however if I turn off wifi or get out of the house it starts draining my battery again. I don't use smart lock. I don't use GSP (I set it to battery saving mode - even though it's off). I have my wifi always on, I have disabled every feature of Google Now. I only synchronize contacts and Keep on my gmail account. I disabled most of motorola's apps (assist, alert, etc) I disabled google+ and most of the stuff I never use. I only sync an email account (yahoo), use whatsapp, facebook (location off, notifications off, sync off), and the browser. My phone has a locked bootloader and I don't intend to root it.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I could stop google play services from draining so much of my battery?? (For example my battery is now at 65% and google play services drained 15% from the total of 35%).

Until posting here I did a factory reset, I updated to the latest version of Google Play Services and I used GServiceFix, but nothing worked.
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10th February 2015, 01:04 AM |#2  
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I have the same problem
10th February 2015, 10:44 AM |#3  
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Turn off Location Reporting and Location History in Settings -> Location -> Google Location Reporting
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10th February 2015, 01:02 PM |#4  
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Turn off Location Reporting and Location History in Settings -> Location -> Google Location Reporting

thank you for the suggestion, but it was already off. I turned off everything I linked to the locations - from motorola assist to facebook. I don't know what other app could possibly require my location - except google maps, but I don't use it at the moment (only when going on trips). Since my phone isn't rooted I can't disable the permissions for google play services to "keep awake" and "wake up" the GPS when the phone is in standby.

I don't know what else do to. If you are using your phone 4-5 hours a day you probably don't notice the drain. But if you are like me and want a good autonomy (I got 3-4 days on kitkat) this bug is annoying.
10th February 2015, 01:27 PM |#5  
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I believe this is related to Play services keeping the mobile antena active. If you check, you'll see it being displayed as active for hours. Worse thing is that I had this problem with my Nexus 4 on 5.0.0 and 5.0.1 so most probably its a Trollipop problem and not Moto specific.

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I believe this is related to Play services keeping the mobile antena active. If you check, you'll see it being displayed as active for hours. Worse thing is that I had this problem with my Nexus 4 on 5.0.0 and 5.0.1 so most probably its a Trollipop problem and not Moto specific.

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Yes, it does keep the radio on. Prior to this charge it has done this for 4h40minutes
10th February 2015, 01:55 PM |#7  
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Went to see mobile usage stats and google play services framework is the one fetching data. Is it the same with you?

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Went to see mobile usage stats and google play services framework is the one fetching data. Is it the same with you?

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2.5MB in 3 days... thanks for the heads up. I disabled the background data for google play services. I hope it doesn't interfere with whatsapp or yahoo mail synchronizing.
12th February 2015, 02:04 PM |#9  
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2.5MB in 3 days... thanks for the heads up. I disabled the background data for google play services. I hope it doesn't interfere with whatsapp or yahoo mail synchronizing.

Hi, did you solved turning off backgrounda data for Google Play Services?
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Hi, did you solved turning off backgrounda data for Google Play Services?


After disabling the background data for google play services from "Data Usage" it seems that they don't consume that much of the battery. I don't know if it's a general solution to the problem but it did the trick for me (if I turn the background data on, battery usage increases - so there is definitely a connection).
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After disabling the background data for google play services from "Data Usage" it seems that they don't consume that much of the battery. I don't know if it's a general solution to the problem but it did the trick for me (if I turn the background data on, battery usage increases - so there is definitely a connection).

Yeah, I don't have battery drain after disabling background data for Google play services. And that is just great, but I experience delay in receiving WhatsApp and gmail messages....? Anyone else or this is something specifirfor me and maybe not connected to disabling background data for GPServices....?

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