Users report a battery drain issue with Android 5.x Lollipop

Users report a battery drain issue with Android 5.x Lollipop
Google's Android is not really famous for being conservative with resources. The operating system has had a handful of issues involving battery drainage and memory leaks throughout its life. With Lollipop, users were looking forward to a more polished system with no such major issues, but, unfortunately, it hit a couple of bumps on the road itself.

While attention is turned towards sewing up a memory leakage issue, it seems that a solid amount of users are experiencing a battery drain that will need its own attention, preferably soon. Over at the Android Issue Tracker, a thread addressing the issue has been opened since April and currently has around 600 comments on it. Apparently, some apps that use the mobile data will often not shut off the radio when they are done downloading. This leads to some pretty unpleasant scenarios, such as a phone losing 63% of battery over 8 hours of not being used by its owner.

Users that are currently using the Android M developer preview build report that the issue is present there, too, which may mean that Google has this issue listed as low priority (we do not dare assume that it doesn't know about it). For now, the only way to stop the battery drain is to either connect to a Wi-Fi network, or turn off mobile data when not in use.

Thanks, Rodrigo

source: Issue tracker

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69 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

All of my lollipop devices have better battery compared to when on Kit Kat.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Same here, but the difference is quite small Except for when I had a custom rom, one of the Play Services updates caused an issue wakelock, but the custom rom dev fixed it quickly Maybe because I dont use data, I'm always on wifi at home or uni I'm M Preview now, idle battery life is better, overall battery life its very similar Doze seems to only work 70% of the time, but its a beta so not too surprised

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Not my N5...

19. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Google doesn't have much clue how to optimize devices for batterylife. Look at N6 and Note 4. Almost all hardware components are same, yet Note 4 has way better batterylife. Project Volta is a flop. What OEMs do is much better than what Google does with stock Android on Nexus.

28. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The beauty of Android: no one has a freaking clue what's wrong.

41. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Sorry master, can you enlighten the whole world and tell us what is the problem?

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The beauty of roll : No one give a crap what they say.

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even with the battery drain, those devices still last longer than an iPhone. HMMM!!!!!

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Nope. I usually get 4-4.5 or sometime 5 hrs of SOT on the GS4 but after lollipop it consistenly hits 3.5 hrs.

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah older hardware never handle new updates. All iphone loose battery life ( sometime more drastic than others ) after each OS update. I rarely view cases thats the new OS increase battery life ( and mostly its was android handset ) Thats why i always say thats i dont want latest OS just one thats work perfectly well for my device.

59. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Android M should increase the battery life tho

62. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I'm glad yours does, I'm a wall hugger. Mine barely reaches three hours, as well.

54. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

That's good,mine barely reaches 3hrs.

26. waddup121 unregistered

Lolipop = vista?

34. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Never, mighty Google lovers will defend Android with sword and shield, no matter how buggy is it.

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

ios 8.0 = windows Millenium?

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The problem come from the app dev not lolipop. Its like on IOS several app are known for draining way too much. Dev need to fix those not google. Iphonearena propaganda again! :)

63. talon95

Posts: 985; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

My 5.0.2 version was really good, a lot better than KK but the custom 5.1 version hasn't worked as well. That may just be due to the nature of a completely custom that is still being developed though.

68. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Same here, and it's not just incremental change. With Kit Kat I frequently had Google Services or some other core app taking up a lot of power and running the battery down prematurely. I suspect that was related to some other app, but it has been pretty much not a problem with Lolipop.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

This is the exact problem with the S6. WiFi is great but mobile data drains too much battery even in standby.

48. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

S6 is crap thats why. HTC ONE M9 12 hours standby = less than 5% lost.

55. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Hey buddy,where were you? So how many M9's you sold this week?

56. TyrionLannister unregistered

Well if i keep mobile data off, I get 1% drain every 8 hours. It's a bug. And M9 sucks major balls. Crap camera + crap screen + crap everything.

57. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

I have both phones and sorry to tell you but the S6 beats out the M9 in Battery life every time. Samsung has optimized the S6 processor and display so well that they didn't need to put a huge battery in it. The S6 has a WAY faster processor and WAY better display that should be taking a ton of power but it doesn't because of the innovation Samsung has done and is always doing, if you think Samsung's crap then you really have no idea

58. KidAndroid

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 04, 2014

I have both phones and sorry to tell you but the S6 beats out the M9 in Battery life every time. Samsung has optimized the S6 processor and display so well that they didn't need to put a huge battery in it. The S6 has a WAY faster processor and WAY better display that should be taking a ton of power but it doesn't because of the innovation Samsung has done and is always doing, if you think Samsung's crap then you really have no idea

69. stanley08

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

In 12 hours, the Z3 will drain only 1% :P oi60.tinypic.com/16m5d9z.jpg

3. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Buts its really bad that they are not taking it as high priority...

5. II2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

In my case after Lolipop the mobile data is fine (on all the time with no drain), but the wifi is a disaster, so I have to turn it off when not used. Before I was keeping them both on all the time.

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Just imagine if it was on IOS or WP Then article would be"MAJOR OS BUG THAT SUCKS YOUR PHONE BATTERY"

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thing is i have TONS of clients thats complain of battery life on the idevice following OS update... Did you know thats for every 10 battery complain we receive at least 5 is for iphone? Its so funny how propaganda and marketing ( $$$$$) can buy the truth.

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