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Android 5.0 Battery Observations

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I recently got a Droid Turbo 2 (Verizon edition,) which features a 3,760mAh battery, and with light use it lasts 2 full days on a single charge.  This endurance, combined with the rapid charger, is a compelling feature.  Once in a while my device consumes battery at twice the normal rate, which has lead me to dig in and learn a bit about battery usage.  This post is about battery usage on Android 5, but keep in mind this will probably change dramatically for Android 6.


Troubleshooting “Google Play Services”

Recently I found “Google Play Services” was my top battery consumer and found this reddit thread “Battery Related Issues Look Here”  I tried rebooting into safemode as it suggested, and my battery usage nearly flatlined, suggesting that a third-party app was interacting with Google Play Services and consuming battery.  I didn’t know what to do right away, but I later installed another third-party app by chance which complained about an issue with Google Play services (it asked me to install the service!) This installation was enough to fix the issue, which I now assume was identity related and involved the service frequently polling for some information it needed.  I’ve read you can also do things like “Clear Data” or “Clear Cache” for an app to stop this behavior.

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