How to check if your phone supports Android Marshmallow's power-sipping Doze mode

How to check if your phone supports Android Marshmallow's power-sipping Doze mode
Android 6.0 Marshmallow's Doze mode is proving a godsend for standby battery endurance of handsets that are blessed with the latest version of Google's venerable mobile operating system. It prevents some tasks and apps from running and connecting to your data network while the phone is in sleep mode with the screen turned off, though you can still get the messages, notifications and so on that matter to you.

This reduces wakelocks or browser redraws that can suck your battery dry from the evening to the morning, as pretty often happens with some parasitic processes running in the background you aren't even aware of. Does your phone support Doze, though? You might think that this is a trivial question to ask about a device that is on Marshmallow already, or running an Android 6.0-based custom ROM, but not so fast.

Google's own Doze requirements are pretty severe - first off, it doesn't let manufacturer tinker with, modify or shunt Doze altogether in their Android overlay interfaces like TouchWiz or HTC Sense. Furthermore, you need both the Significant Motion Detector (SMD) APIs and Google Cloud Messaging for Doze to work as Google intended it. 

Since not all phones have the necessary motion sensors, or even the whole Google Play Services Framework installed on them, even if they are on a Marshmallow-based ROM, they might not support Doze, so there is no point in trying fruitlessly to activate it. Here's what you need to do if you want to see if your device supports Doze in its entirety. 

1. Download the Check Doze app APK file from XDA-Devs' ISDP member, and install it on your Android-powered gear;

2. Run the app, and see how many of the Doze requirements your device meets;

3. If you have the holy trinity of sensor support, Google Play Service framework, and the Doze configuration flag on, then you will be able to take advantage of Doze if and when it hits your handset. If not, but you are satisfied with your phone's battery life in standby, then no biggie. For the rest of the cases - condolences, but you can still install a third-party app that mimics the Doze behavior to a decent extent.

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10 Comments

1. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

*still waiting the marshmallow for my zenfone 2 sobs*

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Anyone tried it in the Galaxy S7. Am too lazy to install this. I don't want anyone to just say it is already implemented in 6.0 It is likely Samsung hasn't impletemented and is using their own smart power saver.

4. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

tsss.. You dont want anyone to just say it is implemented? IT IS! HELL! It has doze underneath its own power saving modes. Why would Samsung not use it if its available natively in Marshmallow. tssssss.

5. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

It's on the s6 edge though

7. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I don't know about S7, but the S6 edge+ I have does not have a working doze mode on. I get like 2-3% idle battery drain every hour.

8. kevv2288

Posts: 290; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Installed the app on my s7 edge and all 3 sensors are present. So yes doze is working

3. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

One more app to the propaganda

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I switched back to Marshmallow from Android N, and I don't believe that Doze has worked since. Truly disappointing as when I first got my phone Doze gave me near 2 full day battery line. Anyone have any insight?

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I also checked on my s7 edge and every requirement was checked so it looks like doze is working on the newer galaxy's.

10. pmg1997

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Hey, my Sony Xperia z5 premium supports Doze! But, how do i use it! My phone has a lousy battery! I don't see an option in settings. HHMMMM..........

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