Fix battery drain problems on a Pixel phone

If your Pixel phone's battery life seems poor or short, a downloaded app could be using too much battery. You can also choose settings to help your battery last longer. To troubleshoot battery drain, use the steps below.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change settings

If your phone's battery life is too short, try these tips for longer battery life. You can also find out which activities use the most battery.

Check apps

If your battery is dying faster than in the past, see whether apps are using too much battery. You can force stop or uninstall problem apps.

Tip: You can’t force stop or uninstall Google Play services. Google Play services lets your phone use Google services. It’s integrated with Android. Learn about Google Play services.

Step 1: Restrict apps that use the most battery

Restrict recommended apps

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery.
  3. If you see a card with advice to restrict an app, tap the card And then Restrict.

Find more apps to restrict

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery And then More More And then Battery usage.
  3. Under 'Battery usage since full charge', see a list of apps with the percentage of your battery used.
    Tip: To see services as well as apps, tap More More And then Show full device usage.
  4. To see or change how a listed app uses battery, tap it.​
    • For some apps, you can turn on Background restriction.
    • For all apps, we recommend keeping Battery optimisation on.
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 background services that could 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 app.
    2. Tap Apps & notifications.
    3. Pick the app from the list.
      • To see more apps, tap See all apps.
      • If you don't see the list, tap App info.
    4. Tap Force stop And then OK.
  • To start a stopped app, open it as usual.
  • If the issue comes back after you start a stopped app, you can uninstall it.
Step 3: Uninstall problem apps

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

  1. Touch and hold the app that you want to uninstall.
  2. Drag the app to Uninstall at the top of the screen. If you don't see 'Uninstall', you can't uninstall the app.
  3. Lift your finger.

Tip: You can see Uninstall, Remove or both. 'Uninstall' removes the app from your device. 'Remove' removes it from your Home screen only.

Check device

If no app is draining the battery, try these steps. They can fix issues that could drain battery in the background.

Restart your phone ('reboot')

To restart your phone, press and hold the power button for a few seconds. Then, on your screen, tap Restart Restart.

If you don't see 'Restart', press and hold the power button for about 30 seconds until your phone restarts.

Check for Android updates
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Near the bottom, tap System and then Advanced and then System update.
  3. You'll see your update status. Follow any steps on the screen.
Check for app updates
  1. On your phone, open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then My apps and games.
  3. Apps with available updates are labelled 'Update'.
    • If an update is available, tap Update.
    • If more updates are available, tap Update all.

Try advanced steps

Reset to factory settings

To remove any processes on your device that could 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, we recommend that you back up your device.

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

Post your question to a Google forum

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

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