How to get amazing battery life on Google Pixel and Pixel XL - Fix Battery Drain
How to get amazing battery life on Google Pixel and Pixel XL - Fix Battery Drain

With every new release of Android, Google promises better battery life. Android Nougat is no exception here with the OS now coming with a dozier Doze mode that promises to help in extending the battery life of all Android devices running it. Some Google Pixel and Pixel XL owners are experiencing bad Android Nougat battery life. Or at least a drop when many expected improvements.

However, like it has always been the case with every major version of Android, Nougat has some teething issues. A majority of Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X owners have been reporting poor battery life on their handsets post the Nougat update contrary to Google’s promise of better battery life. The same is the case with plenty of other devices that have received unofficial Nougat ports.

Fixing Battery Life Problems on Pixel :

By following the Differnt methods noted Below you may improve the Screen on Time (SOT) to some Extent.

Find Battery Draining Apps

The first thing users should do if they notice extreme battery drops is check for rogue apps using more battery life than they should. This could be a malfunctioning app that may not be ready to run right with Nougat, an app keeping the system awake, or other things.

Wipe cache

I have never really believed that wiping the cache of an Android device will lead to a substantial improvement in performance or battery life, but this has apparently worked for quite a few people so there is no harm in trying. To clear the cache of your Android device running Nougat, switch it off and boot it into recovery mode. From there, select the ‘Wipe cache’ option and reboot your device.

Typically heading to settings > battery > and looking at the list of apps draining battery you’ll get a good idea of what’s going on. Android System or the Screen (Display) are usually at the top of the list, but we’ve been seeing a problem where “Android OS” is taking the most, followed by Android System. One should be there, the other should not. Android System is typically one of the higher drains, but not the OS aspect. The Google issue tracker has several reports of this problem dating back to the 3rd developer preview of Android N.

Do a factory reset

If you updated to the final version of Nougat from the Android N preview program, I will recommend you to factory reset your device to solve the battery life issues. A majority of Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X complaining about battery life seems to have upgraded directly from the Android N preview program. While doing a factory reset means you will lose all your installed apps, games, and their associated data, you are likely going to see a noticeable improvement in battery life post the reset.

Check Account Sync

Similar to apps draining your battery as mentioned above, apps being synced and backed up could be the culprit too. Multiple users on Reddit noticed that on the Nexus 6P the device wasn’t syncing right, causing huge drains in battery life. Imagine your phone trying to sync to the cloud and save all of your contacts, photos, Google drive documents or Google music over and over again. That will surely effect battery life.

The user recommends heading into Settings > Accounts > and looking for any that have the sync icon or a (!) next to them, suggesting sync had failed. To make matters worse, manually refreshing accounts to sync didn’t fix the problem. One owner went into each Google account sync option and did it manually. For Google Drive, fit, photos, music, keep, and even 3rd party apps like Skype, and re-synced each one. Multiple users have noticed substantially improved Nexus battery life after doing this.

To take this further, Skype sync was causing the problem for a few users, so be sure to check any and all apps and accounts to make sure sync is working. Then, continue on for the rest of our tips.

Fresh start

Another painful step, but one that can help you diagnose the problem behind the poor battery life in Nougat easily. Instead of restoring all your applications at one go after doing a factory reset, install the apps that you use regularly one by one a few hours apart. This way you will be easily able to diagnose if any particular application is the reason behind the poor battery life that you are getting on Nougat.

Auto Brightness

This is one everyone should know, and isn’t really a tip, but I constantly see users with a phone set around 90-100% brightness, or set to auto. Honestly, this isn’t needed and can really kill battery life. I keep all of my devices around 35-40% brightness, which is still plenty.

Head into Settings > Display > and uncheck auto, then put the slider to a more manageable and realistic brightness setting. It may take a few hours to get used to the lower screen level, but your battery will thank you for it.

Turn off Bluetooth

Many users have reported significant issues with Bluetooth on Android 7.0 Nougat, while others have reported that it is only when they connect a Bluetooth device to their Android device running Nougat that the battery drain increases exponentially. So, if you use Bluetooth on your Android device, try turning it off for a few days to see if you notice any improvement in battery life or not.


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