Top 6 Ways to Fix Google App Battery Drain on Android

Google services are an essential part of every Android phone. Everything requires a Google account from the Play Store to Gmail to use the relevant services. However, the same Google services use too much battery juice while you focus on third-party apps.

It’s quite common to see certain Google services draining the battery on Android. Like Google Play Services causes a battery drain, you may also experience the Google app also begetting battery drain on Android. It’s more common on Samsung Galaxy phones. but is prone to impact Android phones from other brands too.

Here are 6 effective solutions to fix the Google app battery drain on your Android phone.

1. Clear Cache of Google App

This is a simple solution that you can try before moving to more rigorous methods of controlling the battery drain. Of course, clear cache won’t impact your login data and other settings. It’s different than clearing data of apps. For this guide, we’ve taken screenshots from the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the settings on your phone may appear under a different name and menu.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone and head to the Apps section.

Apps settings for Google

Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and tap on Google.

Google app settings

Step 3: Tap on the Storage setting.

Storage settings

Step 4: Select Clear cache at the bottom-left corner.

Clear cache for Google app

2. Prevent Background Data Usage

If the Google app keeps consuming Wi-Fi or mobile data in the background, it can cause your battery to drain quickly. Here’s how you can turn off the background data usage of the app.

Step 1: Go to the Settings app on your Android phone and head to the Apps section.

Apps settings for Google

Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and tap on Google.

Google app settings

Step 3: Tap on Mobile data.

Mobile data usage for Google

Step 4: Turn off the toggle next to Allow background data usage.

Allow background data usage

3. Restrict Battery Usage

By default, the battery optimization setting is disabled for the Google app. This means that the app can run in the background and also consume data. Optimizing the battery usage of the app can help save some extra battery juice and resources.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your Android and head to the Apps section.

Apps settings for Google

Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and tap on Google.

Google app settings

Step 3: Tap on Battery.

Battery settings for Google app

Step 4: Select the Restricted option.

Restrict battery usage for Google app

4. Change Locations Access to While Using the App

Constant location access for an extended period can drain your battery fast. This is why it is best to allow the Google app to access your location only when it is in use.

Step 1: After opening the Settings app on Android, go to the Apps section.

Apps settings for Google

Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and tap on Google.

Google app settings

Step 3: Tap on Permissions.

Google app permissions

Step 4: Select Location.

Location settings

Step 5: Change the setting to ‘Allow only while using the app.’

allow while using the app

Step 6: Select Don’t allow anyway in the prompt.

Don't allow anyway

5. Disable Physical Activity and Nearby Devices Permissions

The Google app can detect physical activity and perform certain functions related to it. It can also scan for nearby devices in the background. These two activities drain the battery throughout the day. You can avoid it by turning off permissions to these two settings.

Step 1: After launching the Settings app on Android, tap on the Apps section.

Apps settings for Google

Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and tap on Google.

Google app settings

Step 3: Tap on Permissions.

Google app permissions

Step 4: Select physical activity.

Physical activity

Step 5: Change the selection to Don’t allow.

don't allow

Step 6: Go back and tap on Nearby Devices.

Nearby devices

Step 7: Select Don’t allow here as well.

Don't allow nearby devices on Google app

6. Uninstall Update of Google App

Since the Google app is a system app, you cannot uninstall it completely. However, you can uninstall the app update and restore it back to its original version. Ideally, this should be the last resort if none of the above solutions work.

Note that once you do this, you will have to set up the Google Assistant again and you may have to re-enter the password to your Google account on some apps.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on Android and tap the Apps section.

Apps settings for Google

Step 2: Scroll through the list of apps and tap on Google.

Google app settings

Step 3: Tap on Uninstall updates. Wait till the uninstallation process is complete.

Uninstall Google app updates

Step 4: Open the Play Store app on your phone and download the Google app again.

Step 5: Open the three-dot menu on the top-right corner.

Google app on Play Store

Step 6: Deselect the Enable auto-update checkbox.

Enable auto updates

This should ideally fix the Google app battery drain completely. Make sure you don’t update the Google app from the Play Store, or there are chances that the issue might come back.

No More Battery Drain

After following the solutions mentioned above, use your phone just the way you did earlier, and your Android phone will not face excessive battery drain from the Google app. That said, continue to monitor the battery usage for the next few days to see the difference without the Google app consuming battery in the background.

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