In case your Android phone’s battery has felt like it is crapping out these days, the newest Google Play Services update may be to blame.
Android Hacks points out that as of version 18.3.82, Google Play Services has eaten up extra battery than most apps, topping the usage charts for a lot of users. It’s unclear if this impacts everybody or only specific devices. However, you can (and should) verify your usage charts by trying to find “Battery Usage” in the settings app.
To keep away from the Google Play Services battery drain, we suggest holding off on any pending updates until Google has introduced an official fix. For individuals who have installed the latest version of Google Play Services, there are two methods to resolve this, although neither is ideal.
First, you can download the beta version of the Google Play Services app:
- Head to the Google Play Services beta opt-in page
- Tap “Become a tester.”
- Wait for the beta version update to push to your phone. Those who do not need automated updates might want to check Google Play for pending app updates and manually install it as soon as it’s accessible.
The standard beta software caveats apply: you might encounter bugs, crashes, and unexpected app behavior when utilizing unfinished software. This could be widespread, too, since Google Play Services handles nearly all of your phone’s features, together with notifications, app updates, and even necessary system-level behavior and access to Google apps and services.
The other potential answer to fix the battery-draining Google Play Services is to roll back to the previous model of the Play services app. Fair warning that this, too, might trigger some points with compatibility and app behavior in some rare cases.