1. Redx's Avatar
    My wife's S3 has been having horrible battery lately. She uses her phone on the way to work, then puts it on airplane mode while at work. She gets off work and has 20-30% battery left. I looked under the battery usage and 67% of the battery used is Google Services. Usage details Cpu total 2 h 35 m, stay awake 11h 34m, data sent 77.63kb, data received 108kb. Says includes Google contacts sync, bookmark sync, acct manager, play services, network location and services framework.

    She has not changed anything, but this has been draining her battery bad.

    Any help on what to do??
    05-22-2014 06:22 PM
  2. Michael Nancarrow's Avatar
    My wife's S3 has been having horrible battery lately. She uses her phone on the way to work, then puts it on airplane mode while at work. She gets off work and has 20-30% battery left. I looked under the battery usage and 67% of the battery used is Google Services. Usage details Cpu total 2 h 35 m, stay awake 11h 34m, data sent 77.63kb, data received 108kb. Says includes Google contacts sync, bookmark sync, acct manager, play services, network location and services framework.
    She has not changed anything, but this has been draining her battery bad.

    Any help on what to do??
    I would first follow the below, and then update all apps/OS/Firmware. The fact that the Google Play Services is using this much of your battery is alarming- have there been any recent installs of Applications that could be forcing the phone to try and connect/sync regularly?

    I think the best way to save battery (I found) is:

    - Disable/Remove ALL un-used apps;
    - Change sync settings to when open (I find using Snapdragon BatteryGuru is very effective)
    - Use AutoMateIt/Tasker to make events trigger power saving actions.
    - Minimise Widgets being used, as these require data to refresh
    - If in poor reception, put phone into Airplane Mode (also when you're sleeping you do not really want calls anyway)

    I achieve all of this with the following:

    1- 2 Rules on AutoMateIt; when battery is less than 30% disable: sync, WiFi, 3/4G, set screen to 25% brightness, with 1 minute timeout and; If WiFi is idle/not connected, disable with a delay of 5 minutes.

    2- Snapdragon on, with all programs set to sync when opened, not in background. Although some exceptions are made; Weather, Traffic and E-Mail.

    3- I disable the stock SMS and use Hangouts (or vice versa), disable Mail and use G-Mail, disable all inbuilt notes, task and internet as we often use our own defaults etc.

    All in all after doing this, I now can use my phone almost continually from 05:00am to 09:00pm and have 30-40% left.

    These simple things help extend battery life considerable- although having apps like this run in the background can be just as draining. Been on my phone for 14 hours, almost continually and I'm at 37%.

    HTC One M7
    05-22-2014 07:34 PM
  3. AxlMyk's Avatar
    My Wife asked me today why her battery was so low, and she hardly used it today.
    Google Services was eating it up.
    05-22-2014 08:01 PM
  4. Michael Nancarrow's Avatar
    My Wife asked me today why her battery was so low, and she hardly used it today.
    Google Services was eating it up.
    Are all your apps upto date etc? Perhaps trying to minimize what the service can look for may help. For both of you I would suggest a deep read of the following: Google Play services battery drain - the real solution : Android
    05-23-2014 01:11 AM
  5. AxlMyk's Avatar
    I fixed it by rebooting the phone

    AC App on SGS3
    Michael Nancarrow likes this.
    05-23-2014 05:41 AM
  6. gwhizkids's Avatar
    Android Services was eating my battery yesterday. It does that from time to time. Was your problem Google Play Services or some other (or generic) Google Service?
    05-23-2014 09:22 AM
  7. AxlMyk's Avatar
    I believe it was Google Play Services.

    AC App on SGS3
    05-23-2014 07:02 PM
  8. drmaf894c's Avatar
    I've had issues with Google play services and typically a reboot helps me too. Not sure what the issue is, I was thinking that was network location stuff (Google location services where it uses your wifi and such to locate you) but if you turn that all off you can't use the gps or maps or anything since it's all based on the authorizing Google play serviced to locate your device.

    Anyone have thoughts on what would drain so much from those bundled "Google play services?"

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S III using Android Central Forums
    05-27-2014 12:26 AM

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