When Android’s Battery Optimization Does More Harm Than Good
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Squeezing more battery life out of your phone 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, 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.

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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.

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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