How to Fix Google Play Services’ Battery Drain on Android

Google Play Services is an app you may open at various times in a day. You use it to either install an app or to see if any apps need an update. This popular app can also have its dark side when it comes to how much battery it uses.

This is a problem that even Oreo users have been complaining about. It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise (the battery drain issue) since Google Play is the gateway to all sorts of apps that ask for all kinds of permissions, but is all that battery drain really that necessary?

The good news is that to detect if Google Play Services is draining your Android device’s battery, you don’t need to install another app. It’s as easy as going into your device’s Settings and tapping on the battery option.


To the right of the battery life indicator, you’ll see the “Battery Usage” button. Tap on it and swipe all the way down until you see what has used your device’s battery recently. Google Play Services should be using less battery than the Android system; if it’s not, then you have a problem.

If you have more than one account connected to Google Play Services, that could explain the battery drain issue. Since Google Play Services has to look at your location for new events in your area, emails, notifications and more, it’s continuously running in the background. Therefore, the more battery it uses.


It will not only do this for one account but all the ones you’ve set up. To remove an account, go to your Android device’s Settings -> Accounts -> choose the account you want to remove -> Remove account.

Many users install task killers hoping they will stop unwanted processes and help them save the battery. By doing so, those apps that are closed will start right back up, using more battery power than before, including Google Play Services. Try uninstalling the task killer and see if that fixes your battery issue.

Whenever Google Play Services tries to sync data but can’t, you obviously get sync errors. These errors can also be the reason why you have to charge your phone more than before. Take a look at your contacts, calendar, and Gmail account and see if you can spot any errors. Try removing any emojis you may have on any contacts, as Google doesn’t like that.

You can also try removing and re-adding accounts to try and fix those sync errors. Turning off mobile data in your device’s Settings for a little more than a minute can also help, but remember to turn it back on.


There are plenty of apps that will ask for your location. The issue is that when they do, they ask for it through Google Play Services, which then uses your GPS to get that information.

Open the apps that are asking for your location and toggle off the location permission. You can do this by going to your device’s Settings -> App Info -> Choose App -> Permissions.


A misbehaving third-party app can also cause Google Play Services problems as well. Try booting into Safe mode to see if the battery issue continues; if it stops, then you’ll know what the problem is. Did I miss a tip you use? If so, share it with us in the comments.


  1. If there is a tiny spanner icon next your settings wheel go to ‘settings and scroll as far as you can or search for IU System. Click on it and remove it. It’s like a developer tool which is experimental and uses battery power almost as fast as it charges.

  2. Settings –> applications –> all –> Google play services. Uncheck “notifications”, remove data, restart. Fixed.

    • This seemed to work for me, thank you! Now I just have to figure out why bt is draining the battery when turned on.

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