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Troubleshoot a battery that drains too fast

When an Android phone or tablet’s battery gets low faster than it should, a downloaded app can be using too much battery. You can also choose settings to help your battery last. Use the steps below to troubleshoot battery drain.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 7.1.2 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change settings for longer battery life

If your device’s battery dies too soon, first try these tips for longer battery life. You can also learn which activities use the most battery.

Check apps for battery drain

If your device's battery is dying faster than it has in the past, see whether any apps are using too much battery.

Step 1: See which apps use the most battery

Check all apps

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Battery.
  3. See a list of apps and services with the percentage of your battery used since your last full charge.
  4. To get details and change options that could save battery, tap an app or service in the list.

Tip: You'll see Google Play services on the list. Google Play services gives you access to Google services. It’s integrated with Android. You can’t force stop or uninstall Google Play services.

Check usage alerts

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Battery.
  3. Tap More More and then Usage alerts.
  4. See a list of apps that have recently run in odd ways that can use battery.
  5. To get details, tap an app in the list.
Step 2: Force problem apps to stop

You don't need to close apps unless something goes wrong. Swiping apps closed doesn’t save battery.

But to completely turn off an app, including any background services that may be using battery, you can force stop the app. To force stop and restart is like a "hard reboot" for an app.

Important: If you force stop some essential apps or services, your device won't work correctly. Force stop isn’t available for all apps.

To force stop an app:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Pick the app from the list.
  4. Tap Force stop and then OK.

To start a stopped app, tap that app to open it as usual. Learn where to find your apps.

Step 3: Uninstall problem apps

If an app still uses too much battery after you’ve force stopped and restarted it, you may want to uninstall it.

  1. Touch & hold the app that you want to uninstall. Learn where to find your apps.
  2. Drag the app to the Uninstall icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Release the app.

Troubleshoot background battery drain

If no specific app is causing the battery drain, try these troubleshooting steps. These steps can fix issues that could be draining your battery in the background.

Restart your device

To restart your phone or tablet, press your device's power button for about 30 seconds, until your device restarts.

Rebooting your device gives it a fresh start. Sometimes, that's all you need to fix an issue.

Check for Android updates

System updates can bring improvements that may fix your issue.

To check for and install system updates:

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap About phone or About tablet and then System updates.
  3. You'll see your update status. Follow any on-screen steps.
Check for app updates

App updates can bring improvements that may fix your issue.

To see and get updates for your apps:

  1. Open your device's Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then My apps & games.
  3. Apps with available updates are labeled "Update."
    • If an update is available, tap the app and then Update.
    • If multiple updates are available, tap Update all.

Still having battery issues?

If your battery still drains too fast after trying the solutions above, you may want to try these advanced steps.

Consider resetting device to factory settings

To remove any processes on your device that may be causing the issue, you can reset your device to factory settings.

IMPORTANT: A factory data reset will remove all data from your device. While any data stored in your Google Account will be restored, all apps and their associated data will be uninstalled. Before you perform a factory data reset, learn how to back up and restore data on a Pixel phone or Nexus device.

If an app that you downloaded caused the issue and you reinstall that app, the problem could come back.

Learn how to perform a factory data reset.

Post your question to a Google forum

If you're still having issues with your device, you can post your questions to the community on our forums for other possible solutions.

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