Skip to content

How to fix the ‘Google Play Services battery drain’ issue?

  • by
  • 4 min read

If you keep a sharp eye on your phone’s battery, you’ll know what apps kill it the fastest. But what if it’s a background service running on your phone?

In this article, we discuss five ways to fix the Google Play Services draining your battery issue.

Restart your phone

We’ve said it before, and we’ll repeat it, rebooting your device can fix several seemingly random issues. If any app or service is suddenly draining a lot of battery on your phone, try restarting it before trying out anything else.

Also read: How to fix the ‘Android Connected to WiFi but No Internet’ error?

Clear out the cache

Clearing out an app or service’s cache can help fix any issues that you might encounter, excessive battery drain included. 

How to fix the 'Google Play Services battery drain' issue?
  • Head over to your phone settings and go to Apps & notifications.
  • Tap on Show all apps.
  • Find Google Play Services in the list and tap it to proceed.
  • Tap on Storage and cache.
  • Tap on the Clear storage and Clear cache buttons. 

This should fix any issues you’re facing with just about any app or service let alone Google Play Services.

Check Sync Settings

Google Play Services often syncs multiple things in the background. If something isn’t syncing, the service will repeatedly try, causing massive battery drain.

  • Head over to your phone settings and tap on Accounts.
  • Tap on your Google account.
  • Tap on Account Sync.
  • Make sure all settings are synced properly. If not, try syncing again or simply turn syncing off for the time being.

Also read: What happens when you reset Network Settings on Android and iOS?

Check location settings

A lot of apps use your location in the background for a number of reasons. As you can guess, this can cause significant battery drain.

  • Head over to your phone settings and tap on Privacy.
  • Tap on Permission manager.
  • Find Location in the list and tap it to proceed. 
  • Under the Allowed all the time section, make sure only the apps you really need are selected. 

To remove an app from that particular section

  • Tap on the app you want to remove. 
  • Tap on Allow only while using the app.

Clear the cache partition

Apart from simply clearing an app or service’s storage cache, you can also clear out Android’s entire cache partition. This can resolve a bunch of issues with your phone, including high power consumption.

All you need to do is turn your phone off and press the power button along with the volume up key until you see a few options on your screen. Use the power keys to scroll and select Wipe cache partition from the list. Note that the option might be called something different as phone manufacturers often have different names for different settings. 

Also read: How to fix ‘Android System WebView Won’t Update’ error?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

Exit mobile version