Use Battery Saver on a Pixel phone

You can set Battery Saver to turn on automatically when your phone's battery gets low. You can also turn on Battery Saver at any time. To save even more power on your Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a (5G) phone, you can turn on Extreme Battery Saver.

Important: While Battery Saver is on, a Pixel phone with 5G uses 4G service. Learn what changes while Battery Saver is on.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn Battery Saver on or off

When Battery Saver is on, at the top of your screen, you’ll find Battery Saver on . To turn Battery Saver on or off:

  1. At the top of your screen, swipe down.
  2. Tap Battery Saver .

Have Battery Saver turn on automatically

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery And then Battery Saver And then Set a schedule. 
  3. Pick a setting when Battery Saver should turn on.
    • No schedule: Only when you turn on Battery Saver manually.
    • Based on your routine: If your battery is likely to run out before your next typical charge.
    • Based on percentage: When your battery reaches a certain percentage charge.
Tip: Battery Saver turns off while your phone charges.

Let Battery Saver turn off when your phone is charged

Battery Saver can turn off automatically when your phone's battery reaches 90%.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery And then Battery Saver.
  3. Turn on Turn off when fully charged.

Save more power with Extreme Battery Saver

On your Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a (5G) phone, you can save even more power with Extreme Battery Saver. Extreme Battery Saver lets Battery Saver turn off more features, pause most apps, and slow processing for even more time between charges.

After you choose when to use Extreme Battery Saver, it notifies you each time it turns on.

Important: Paused apps won’t send notifications. Learn what changes when Extreme Battery Saver is on.

Choose when to use Extreme Battery Saver
  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery and then Battery Saver and then Extreme Battery Saver and then When to use
  3. Pick when Extreme Battery Saver will turn on.
    • Ask every time: When Battery Saver turns on, it asks whether to turn on Extreme Battery Saver.
    • Always use: When Battery Saver turns on, Extreme Battery Saver turns on.
    • Never use: Extreme Battery Saver never turns on.
Choose apps to stay active with Extreme Battery Saver

You can choose which apps will still run while Extreme Battery Saver is on. To save the most battery, choose only critical apps.

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery and then Battery Saver and then Extreme Battery Saver and then Essential apps
  3. Pick which apps to leave unpaused.
Temporarily use paused apps in Extreme Battery Saver

While Extreme Battery Saver is on, most apps pause. To use a paused app, unpause it.

  1. Tap a paused app.
  2. On the message that shows, tap Unpause temporarily.
  3. After a few minutes, you’ll get a notification.
    • To let the app pause again, do nothing or swipe away the notification.
    • To stay unpaused longer, tap Wait until.
    • To leave the app unpaused, tap Don’t pause app. The app won’t pause again until the next time you use Extreme Battery Saver.

What changes when Battery Saver & Extreme Battery Saver are on

To save power, Battery Saver limits apps and features. On Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) phones, Extreme Battery Saver pauses most apps, turns off features, and slows processes in addition to what Battery Saver limits.

Battery Saver and Extreme Battery Saver never turn off essential system apps like Phone, Messages, Clock, and Settings.

What Battery Saver limits
  • Apps refresh their content, like email or news, only when you open the app.
  • Location services stop when your screen is off.
  • Apps don’t run in the background, unless you turn off battery optimization.
  • Your phone doesn’t listen for "Ok Google” and can’t continue a conversation. Instead, each time, tap Google Assistant Assistant.
  • Dark Theme turns on.
  • Your notifications may be delayed.
  • "Always show time and info" turns off.
  • Pixel phones with Active Edge won’t respond to a squeeze.
  • On Pixel 3, Pixel 4, and later Pixel phones, car crash detection turns off.
  • On Pixel 4 phones, Motion Sense turns off.
  • On Pixel 4 and later Pixel phones, smooth display turns off.
  • Pixel phones with 5G fall back to 4G service.
What Extreme Battery Saver limits (Pixel 5 & 4a (5G))

Extreme Battery Saver adds more limits to what Battery Saver already restricts. You can turn settings back on at any time in your Settings app.

  • Most apps pause. Paused apps won’t send notifications.
  • Your phone’s processing (CPU) slows.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work, but Wi-Fi Scanning and Bluetooth Scanning for location data turn off.
  • Your work profile turns off.
  • Your phone’s screen timeout drops to 30 seconds.
  • Any current hotspot or tethering stops.
  • To use the leftmost home screen, unpause the Google app.

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