Experiencing Google Play Services battery drain after the latest update? Here's an unlikely fix

Multiple users report on the Play Store and Reddit that the most recent update for Google Play Services (v11.7.46, to be exact) has caused their Android devices to experience abnormal battery drain directly traceable back to the Play Services framework. The issue seems to be mostly prevalent on Pixel and OnePlus devices, but no one is immune from Google's udpate magic.

As you might imagine, that's not the expected behavior of Google Play Services, which is the fundamental backbone that ensures that a large chunk of all Android apps function as intended. Thus, such a battery drain on the system level is definitely detrimental to the overall user experience. 
Luckily, there's always a fix - while it might sound counterintuitive, some users have come to know that installing the latest available beta version of Google Play Services actually undoes the battery drain introduced by the official Google Play Services v11.7.46 app. 

Crazy, we know, but if you're also experiencing abnormal battery usage relatable to that module, it wouldn't hurt to install the beta and see if it will also fix the problems for you. The latest one available is Google Play services 11.9.49 beta and can be downloaded from APKMirror.

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1. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Or if you don't want to download/install apk's from external sources, go the official route and become a beta tester for Google Play Services here: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.google.android.gms You will get the beta version directly from the Play store.

2. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

This has been a bug for years why can't Google fix there apps. The gf just got the Chrome mediaserver drain again which has been around forever. I will keep using Samsung apps where I can.

3. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Why is installing a newer beta counter-intuitive when you try to find a fix for a bug? Isn't releasing newer software versions commonly known as bug fixing? Also, as implied by Rebel's comment, it's a testimony to how Apple-centric this site is when there clearly isn't a single writer on here who knows how the beta testing program works on Android.

4. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

80% of Googleplay services versions drain battery.

5. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The remaining 20% is running on unicorn farts and angel dust? :)

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