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  1. N4Newbie's Avatar
    I have recently noticed that both my Nexus 6 and my wife's Nexus 5 have been eating battery at an alarming rate. In both phones, Google Play Services is at the top of the battery consumption chart with no apparent reason why.

    Is anyone else seeing this issue as well?
    06-15-2015 07:17 AM
  2. radgatt's Avatar
    What version of Google Play Services are you running?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    06-15-2015 08:38 AM
  3. N4Newbie's Avatar
    What version of Google Play Services are you running?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I'm thinking that I should have said "Google Services" and not Google Play Services. I am running v5.1-1743459 of Google Services Framework and v7.5.71 of Google Play Services.

    Check out these screenshots. My Nexus 6 NEVER goes through battery so quickly and so consistently - notice how the usage graph is a virtually straight line even though there was only 35 minutes of screen time during the 2-1/2 hours displayed. And, I don't know why Fit is listed at 3% - I have Activity Detection disabled and no connected apps.

    Google Play Services eating battery-screenshot_2015-06-15-10-06-08.jpgGoogle Play Services eating battery-screenshot_2015-06-15-10-06-46.jpg
    06-15-2015 09:21 AM
  4. N4Newbie's Avatar
    This is really strange. I just looked again and now the first entry is "Google Play Services" but with very similar stats.

    Are these two names used interchangeably? "Google Services" and "Google Play Services"?
    06-15-2015 09:33 AM
  5. ckeith206's Avatar
    I've noticed the same thing the last 3 days. Today I haven't turned the screen on and after 4 hours I'm down to 69%. And it's Google Services not Google Play Services.
    SueSimon likes this.
    06-15-2015 10:14 AM
  6. waldirs's Avatar
    The same is happening with my Moto X.
    Andriod 4.4.4; Google Play Services v. 7.5.71.
    SueSimon likes this.
    06-15-2015 10:28 AM
  7. PAC757's Avatar
    Same here this just started today, Google Services killing my battery more then the screen on time, something must be going on with Google Services, I hope that Google is aware of this problem and they don't ignore it.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    06-15-2015 11:35 AM
  8. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    Google Services isn't even on my Usage list.
    I'm on LMY47E

    Posted w/ Nexus6 via the AC App
    06-15-2015 12:49 PM
  9. radyoactive's Avatar
    I noticed the past few days that my battery life was taking a hit and yesterday noticed the same thing, Good play services was at the top of the list at 15%..
    06-15-2015 09:14 PM
  10. bregol's Avatar
    Droid Maxx running 4.4.4 with same symptoms. Started last Thursday or Friday - I don't really remember. It kinda sucks to have a 2-day battery turn into a 10-hour battery all of a sudden. And that's 10-hours of just sitting at my desk at work (on wifi) with minimal interaction or screen-on time, with Google Play Services sucking somewhere around 70-80% of battery. CPU total and Keep Awake total seem quite high when looking at the battery details for Google Play Services. The version is listed on my phone as Google Play Services 7.5.71. There were some Google app updates around last Friday, looking at the dates in the play store. I wonder if any of those updates caused a problem. So far I've tried wiping Cache, and freezing G+ (which was one of the apps that updated around that time) but still no improvement.
    06-15-2015 09:46 PM
  11. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Well, I think I have resolved my problem; don't know if this has anything to do with the others in this thread.

    I mentioned in my first post that I did not understand why Fit was so high on the list since I had Activity Tracking turned off. Well, I thought about that some more and - a little bit of background first: I have an LG Watch Urbane with its own built-in step counter. I had been playing with using the Urbane's step counter vs. Google Fit Activity Tracking trying first one and then the other. Frankly, neither impressed me very much but it seemed to me that Fit wasn't ready for prime time and so I disabled Activity Tracking last Friday. Okay, so then why was it still one of the top battery consumers? Not only that, why did my Urbane display a Google Fit card telling me how many steps I had walked when Fit is supposed to be turned off?

    I wiped the cache partition ( https://motorola-global-portal.custh...p/30,6720,9293 ), fully charged the phone and then rebooted it again. Still, when I checked later Google Play Services was at the very top of the list and Fit was the second entry.

    So I went to Settings -> Apps -> Fit and tapped Clear data (I didn't care about losing the existing data) and then, just for laughs I also did a Force stop. I rebooted the phone once again.

    Now, about 20 hours later, Google Play Services is no longer at the top of the list, Fit is not in the list at all, and my battery life seems to have returned to normal.
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    06-16-2015 07:20 AM
  12. radyoactive's Avatar
    I did the same thing as I read in another thread it was causing lag. 2 day later google play services is down to 5% from 15%. I want to give it another day or so and see how much it really affects battery life.

    BTW, I just disabled from the apps, didn't do anything else.
    06-16-2015 11:25 AM
  13. bregol's Avatar
    Fit indeed seems to be the source of the problem. Funny thing is that I had seen Fit's battery usage get pretty high, so the first thing I did was uninstall it. At that point Google Services skyrocketed - almost like it took on whatever battery was previously listed as Fit. Yesterday, I reinstalled Fit, then cleared its data and rebooted. That didn't seem to do a whole lot... Play Services battery usage decreased but Fit was back on the list, so that the sum of the two was similar to what just Google Services was using previously. I then went into Fit and disabled the Activity Tracking setting, then for good measure deleted Fit's data and rebooted. I haven't touched Fit since yesterday and battery levels seem back to normal so far. So it looks like something to do with Fit as well as its Activity Tracking. Like N4Newbie, I also wear the Urbane, if that adds some sort of data point (ie. in determining if it has to do with Fit + Wear, or simply is Fit's fault?)
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    06-17-2015 11:45 AM
  14. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    For those of you having this issue, had you opened Fit previously?
    Myself, I've never opened Fit, and I'm not having any Google Services or Fit Battery drain issues.

    Posted w/ Nexus6 via the AC App
    06-17-2015 12:31 PM
  15. N4Newbie's Avatar
    For those of you having this issue, had you opened Fit previously?
    Myself, I've never opened Fit, and I'm not having any Google Services or Fit Battery drain issues.

    Posted w/ Nexus6 via the AC App
    Yes. As stated above, I had been testing Fit's activity tracking to compare it to my watch's native step counter function. However it turns out that even three days after I disabled Activity Tracking in Fit it was apparently still running and actually consuming way more battery than it did before I "diasbled" it. I think maybe it was hung, stuck, or whatever and, as bregol suggested, it may be a bad interaction between Fit, Android Wear, and my LG Watch Urbane.
    berdinkerdickle likes this.
    06-17-2015 02:23 PM
  16. berdinkerdickle's Avatar
    Funny, I never opened Fit until I saw this thread.
    Now Google Play Services is on the top of the Battery Usage list. :-(
    Thanks a stinken lot! :-)

    Posted w/ Nexus6 via the AC App
    06-18-2015 07:07 PM
  17. radyoactive's Avatar
    Fit indeed seems to be the source of the problem. Funny thing is that I had seen Fit's battery usage get pretty high, so the first thing I did was uninstall it. At that point Google Services skyrocketed - almost like it took on whatever battery was previously listed as Fit. Yesterday, I reinstalled Fit, then cleared its data and rebooted. That didn't seem to do a whole lot... Play Services battery usage decreased but Fit was back on the list, so that the sum of the two was similar to what just Google Services was using previously. I then went into Fit and disabled the Activity Tracking setting, then for good measure deleted Fit's data and rebooted. I haven't touched Fit since yesterday and battery levels seem back to normal so far. So it looks like something to do with Fit as well as its Activity Tracking. Like N4Newbie, I also wear the Urbane, if that adds some sort of data point (ie. in determining if it has to do with Fit + Wear, or simply is Fit's fault?)
    I checked and Google Services not the Play services is at 16%. I did have several apps that had updates today but not sure why this jumped up.

    Just to add to this, I have a G Watch and GWR connected to android wear.
    06-18-2015 08:31 PM
  18. bregol's Avatar
    After a couple days, it looks like it's not completely fixed for me by clearing out Fit. Partly fixed, as in instead of draining in half a day or so, it takes most of a day. But still not very near what battery life should be. Right now, Google Services (com.google.android.gms.persistent) is still up to around 60%, with almost 6 hours of CPU usage listed... which is better than it was before clearing Fit, but not good yet.
    06-18-2015 09:57 PM
  19. anon(9072051)'s Avatar
    Right now, Google Services (com.google.android.gms.persistent) is still up to around 60%, with almost 6 hours of CPU usage listed... which is better than it was before clearing Fit, but not good yet.
    YIKES! 60% of your battery usage? Is that after a full charge?! or cumulative over several days of top-ups?

    Can you select Google Services in your Running Apps list and get a breakdown of all the services working under that umbrella? Maybe something there will strike a chord for one of the megatechy brains on the forum.

    Me, I'm still wondering why "Google Services" as such has never shown up in my battery usage list, only "Google Play Services." (Not that I want it to make an appearance now.)

    BTW, here's a similar thread from last month in case you haven't seen it:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/goo...nexus-6-a.html
    06-19-2015 09:50 AM
  20. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Me, I'm still wondering why "Google Services" as such has never shown up in my battery usage list, only "Google Play Services." (Not that I want it to make an appearance now.)
    I see it on my Nexus 6 (Android 5.1.1) listed both ways with no explanation as to why. Sometimes it will be "Google Play Services" and other times, as in the screenshot above, just plain "Google Services." I know it must be the same app (for lack of a better term) because the usage stats will be essentially identical.
    06-19-2015 11:58 AM
  21. anon(9072051)'s Avatar
    I know it must be the same app (for lack of a better term) because the usage stats will be essentially identical.
    For sure. It's just the naming discrepancy bugs me is all.

    On my N6, also 5.1.1 (stock/T-Mobile sim), two separate "Google Play Services" processes show up in my running apps list, one (com.google.process.gapps) 'started by' whatever "GcmService" is, and another (com.google.android.gms.persistent) 'started by' nine different services (including the FitRecordingBroker).

    Wooop. That just changed as I was checking them and Google started synching something. For a while, I had only one Play Services listing combing two processes--com.google.process.gapps & com.google.process.gms. Now I'm back to the two separate Play Services listings as before. But apparently that splitting and combining procedure goes on periodically while the phone is on.

    Okay. I'm out of my depth. I'll go quiet now. But as I sign off, since I've got it on hand for an FYI, here's a response to a complaint about Google Services draining battery that I saw on xda-developers:

    1. Settings > WiFi > Advanced > WiFi Scanning Always Available (disable)
    2. Settings > Location > Google Location Reporting > Off,off
    3. Use App Ops (built into roms known as "Privacy Guard") and go to Google Play Services and deny permission to Keep Awake (Read more, [GUIDE][PSA] Google Play Services battery dr… | OnePlus One | XDA Forums)

    That's the complete text of the post. Interesting that the link in number three is specifically concerned with custom roms like CM, though.
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    06-19-2015 02:19 PM
  22. N4Newbie's Avatar
    For sure. It's just the naming discrepancy bugs me is all.

    On my N6, also 5.1.1 (stock/T-Mobile sim), two separate "Google Play Services" processes show up in my running apps list, one (com.google.process.gapps) 'started by' whatever "GcmService" is, and another (com.google.android.gms.persistent) 'started by' nine different services (including the FitRecordingBroker).

    Wooop. That just changed as I was checking them and Google started synching something. For a while, I had only one Play Services listing combing two processes--com.google.process.gapps & com.google.process.gms. Now I'm back to the two separate Play Services listings as before. But apparently that splitting and combining procedure goes on periodically while the phone is on.

    Okay. I'm out of my depth. I'll go quiet now. But as I sign off, since I've got it on hand for an FYI, here's a response to a complaint about Google Services draining battery that I saw on xda-developers:

    1. Settings > WiFi > Advanced > WiFi Scanning Always Available (disable)
    2. Settings > Location > Google Location Reporting > Off,off
    3. Use App Ops (built into roms known as "Privacy Guard") and go to Google Play Services and deny permission to Keep Awake (Read more, [GUIDE][PSA] Google Play Services battery dr… | OnePlus One | XDA Forums)

    That's the complete text of the post. Interesting that the link in number three is specifically concerned with custom roms like CM, though.
    I leave location reporting on because I want it on. I leave WiFi Scanning on because I want it on.

    As a rule, I get very good battery life from my Nexus 6; it was only recently that it began to go through battery like crazy and the problem ceased the moment I killed what appears to have been a hung or corrupt Google Fit process as described in my earlier post. My battery life has returned to normal even with Location Reporting and WiFi Scanning turned on.
    06-19-2015 02:44 PM
  23. gizzardgulpe's Avatar
    I just got an account here because of this. I'm running CyanogenMod, and my wife is on stock Lollipop. We both have LG G Watches, and we're both getting some pretty significant battery drain. When I say significant, I mean that my wife's phone drained four percent while we were looking at it, while it was plugged into a charger. Her Google Services (Sometimes listed as Google Play Services, sometimes listed as com.google.android.gms.persistent I think) was at 61%.

    I have Keep Awake and Wake Up set to deny for Google Play Services on my privacy settings. Keep awake has been denied 1,466,087 times since April 12. Wake Up has been denied a paltry 741,829 times.

    For a comparison, my second highest denial count for Keep Awake is Google Play Music at 58,209, and the next highest is Handcent at 14,584.

    Oh, and I just noticed Android Wear has kept my phone awake 15,686 times, but those have all been allowed.

    I've only been losing an extra 30 or 40 percent battery per day than normal, and this started a little over a week ago. My wife has been losing her entire battery in about 9 hours, though I imagine if Google Services are keeping her processor running full blast every second of the day, that would probably be the cause.
    06-19-2015 11:09 PM
  24. toastedtruth's Avatar
    Also having this issue on a Nexus 4. The battery life is pretty dire regardless, however this has only been an issue over the last week or so. I was down to roughly 30% this morning, when it had been on standby from full after only 4 hours. I've also had to start bringing my USB cable to work so that I can keep topped up. It used to last a whole day, so something has changed...

    Been running 5.0.1 Paranoid Android for 8 months with no issues.

    Can't post links because of the 10 post limit first. But imgur, ID "uQly9Gg"
    06-20-2015 12:55 PM
  25. zkyevolved's Avatar
    I had the same issue on my note 4. I didn't even have fit installed... I never fixed it on Lollipop, so I reverted to kitkat and I'm getting 20% better battery life... I ordered my nexus 6. I can't wait!!! Yay.... ☺
    06-20-2015 03:20 PM
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