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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by dorlow, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. dorlow

    dorlow Well-Known Member
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    I have a google pixel 4 xl. Yesterday, within 4 hours, my battery was dead. I was wondering if there was an app that I could look at over a longer period of time than this particular charge what is the battery hog.
     



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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Apps that show battery history (charge vs time) for longer periods are easy, e.g. GSam Battery Monitor.
    But all battery monitors I know of show app usage for the current discharge cycle only. It's probably simpler to just check every couple of hours to see whether it's happening again then investigate if you see abnormal drain.

    Of course it need not be an app: if you have a service outage that will run the battery down very fast (the phone will start searching for signal continuously). Though 4 hours sounds too short for that to be the issue. Actually I'd think it would be very hard to run the battery down that quickly unless the display is on, so my first thought is whether you might have accidentally left an app that's capable of keeping the screen on active (there are apps, including some games and navigation apps, that can override the screen timeout, and I've accidentally put a phone down or pocketed it with such an app active before now).
     
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  3. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Well, be sure to at least reboot your Pixel and then see if the battery is still being drained so heavily. If you're still having the same problem after restarting than at least you know there is an actual problem and not just because of a random one-off glitch.

    Assuming you were referring to just the basic Settings >> Battery menu as not providing a long enough history, if you have Developers options enabled the 'Running Services' option has a slightly more extensive display. Between the two you might be able to see if there is some app/service that's the source of the problem.
    https://www.howto-connect.com/how-to-view-and-control-running-services-on-android/

    You might also look into the AccuBattery app, it's a very comprehensive battery and power utility that provides significantly more details about your device's power consumption:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digibites.accubattery&hl=en_US&gl=US
    Just be wary about which 'battery' utility you install though. Some are more about battery management, typically interfering with the already existing, integral Android power management. So be very selective and read through an app's Play Store description details, some might actually be beneficial but most just use up more system resources simply to provide the user with a false sense of accomplishment -- or in simpler terms, be wary of battery managers as opposed to battery usage displays. Apps like GSam and AccuBattery are not battery management apps, they're both just better ways to find out more about your power usage.
     
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