One of the battery-draining components of Android smartphones is Google Play Services. If it happens that the battery life drops abnormally after an update or in an unexplained way, this is one of the first suspects to put on your list, assuming the battery itself isn’t running out. of life.
The batteries of our smartphones already have an autonomy well below what one could wish. And if applications or system components are cutting the small margin already available, it is to make the experience even more trying. In a recent article, we showed how to check which apps are draining the battery of an Android smartphone the most. The services Google Play Frequently come up on forums as one of the factors that most affects autonomy.
Google Play services: what are they for?
As Google even describes them:
Google Play services are used to update Google apps and other apps from Google Play. This component provides basic functionality such as authentication to your Google services, background syncs and downloads, is required for location-based services, etc.
You would have understood it. If the “Google Play services” component is presented as a single application, its real role is to manage all the Google applications and services essential for the proper functioning of Android.
Why Google services can drain the battery unusually
As soon as an Android smartphone is connected to the Internet, it automatically starts to perform various synchronizations and downloads in the background as indicated above. As normal, the component “Google Play services” that takes care of it only consumes between 2 and 10% of the battery, but sometimes this can be very high on some devices. If you are having this problem, try the following solutions.
Updating Google Play Services
The battery issue can be caused by an OTA update from Google Play services which for some reason is having issues on your smartphone. In this case, try to download and install one of the latest available versions (APK), which is not necessarily the current one on your mobile. Many users have been able to fix the problem by doing so.
You may be using different Google accounts on the same smartphone
It often happens that we have more than one Google account configured on our smartphone. Personal and professional accounts for example. But the more you have on the same smartphone, the more Google Play services are used. Try removing additional Google Accounts to measure the impact on battery consumption.
Turn off automatic synchronizations
Also, try turning off auto-sync to save battery power. To do this, go to Settings> Accounts> Google. From there, turn off each type of synchronization (Chrome, contacts, app data, etc.).
Closely follow the GPS
Are Google Play services draining your smartphone battery too much? When an application needs to access your location, it sends a request to Google Play services which will then request the GPS component of the mobile. The GPS functionality uses a lot more of the battery resources than you might think. Always turn it off when you are not using your navigation application.