When Android’s Battery Optimization Does More Harm Than Good
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Squeezing more battery life out of your phone 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android 10 Proven and Tested Tips to Extend Battery Life on Android Suffering from poor battery life on Android? Follow these tips to get more juice out of your Android device's battery. Read More is one of the biggest problems with modern devices. Thankfully, recent versions of Android (since 6.0 Marshmallow) have made big strides in this department due to the Doze functionality. This “hibernates” apps that you’re not using and thus prevents battery drain when you’re not using your device.

By default, this features optimizes nearly every app on your phone. While is beneficial in most scenarios, there are some apps that suffer from Doze. VPN apps in particular have issues with disconnecting because they need to run in the background constantly. If you don’t exclude your VPN app (or other apps) from Doze, it might only protect you sometimes.

Since a few percentage points of battery is probably worth the protection a VPN provides 11 Reasons Why You Should Be Using a VPN 11 Reasons Why You Should Be Using a VPN Virtual private networks are affordable and easy to use. Here are some reasons why you should be using a VPN if you aren't yet. Read More , here’s how to disable battery optimization for those apps:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Select the Battery entry.
  3. Touch the three-dot Menu icon in the upper-right and choose Battery Optimization.
  4. Tap the blue bar and select All apps to see everything on your device.
  5. Select an app you want to exclude from battery optimization and choose Don’t optimize.
  6. To review all apps that Doze ignores, tap the blue bar and select Not optimized. You’ll see several system processes here, along with any you’ve excluded.

When Android's Battery Optimization Does More Harm Than Good Android Disable Battery Optimization

Note: We don’t recommend disabling battery optimization for every app. Only do this for apps where performance suffers from Doze.

When an app that you need to run all the time seems to stop working at random, this is a good troubleshooting step to try. Otherwise, you should Doze on to get the best battery life you can. If you’re a power user, check out some advanced ways to save battery on your Android device 5 Advanced Ways to Improve Battery Life on Android 5 Advanced Ways to Improve Battery Life on Android If you've got a rooted Android device (or you're willing to root it), and you want better battery life, we can help you out. Read More .

Which apps have you excluded from battery optimization? Have you found Doze improves your battery life significantly? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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  1. puppykicker
    December 4, 2018 at 5:33 am

    It is important to turn optimization off for VOIP calling/Texting apps (Dingtone, Telegram), ad blockers that use VPN (Blokada), and security apps (Sophos).

  2. Fish&Chips
    November 5, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Do you ever notice when you're listening to music using a media player app downloaded from the Market that the sound seems lacking at that time and you're doubly sure this was not the case before ? Most likely caused when MusicFX app stops or fails to start. This happens in my Lenovo Yoga tablet, never seems to happen in my phone. In most Android devices, Music FX is a System app so media player apps have to work with it or avoid it by instructing the user to disable it temporarily. With my setup, taking into consideration my device it's Android version, and the apps I installed in it, I don't think it can withstand the Hibernating superpowers of Greenify. In my case, the media player was just playing music on it's own in the absence of MusicFX which the media player could not invoke under the watch of the more powerful Greenify.

    Excluding MusicFX app from Battery Optimization means Greenify will ignore it or can't touch it. So any time other media player will call on it to enhance the sound output MusicFX springs out every time unfaltered.

  3. Seb
    August 20, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Security camera apps such as "Arlo" for example, suffer from doze by giving notifications 10 - 15 minutes late. This is kind of a big deal for home security! Hope this helps someone.

  4. Aeroplane
    April 4, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Downloader apps, especially the ones that can be configured to automatically start, or ones that can keep downloading even with screen off, and ones that can be programmed, or does a lot of backgrounod tasks, MUST BE EXCLUDED from Battery Optimization. ex. ADM goes haywire when not excluded from Battery Optimization. EXCLUDE DOWNLOADER APPS !!