Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

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Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

stegnersaurus
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Hello. I recently became a Spotify Premium member after using Freefor about a year. I love the service; however, I feel that the Android app is a bit lacking. I use the downloading playlists feature to avoid having to be constantly connected to a network and therefore save battery, but have noticed that any usage of Spotify, even while listening to downloaded music in offline mode while my phone is in airplane mode causes the battery to die very quickly. 1% of drain per minute is the average, I would expect this behavior while streaming high definition video; not while listening to downloaded music. It is very frustrating to have to stop listening to my music to charge my phone after only an hour at work. Additionally, my device becomes very hot when listening to music with Spotfiy.
If this is a normal occurrence with the Android app, I would hope for a fix very soon. I am glad to be a Premium member, but am not too happy with the Android app.

My phone is the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint, if that helps with anything.

Thank you for your time.

- Ben

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Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

Peter__
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I can see you haven't updated to the new Spotify app yet (now called Spotify Music in the play store). Might be worth updating and see if that makes any difference?

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Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

rossisdead
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The battery drain is due to Spotify Connect. If you force close the app when you're done using it, the drain stops.
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Joe
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I'll try pictures @Ommidi since it seems you musunderstood me.

 

So this battery usage screen shows that spotify used 10% of the total used by all apps since last charge. If you add up all the individual percentages they'll total 100% give or take a bit for rounding errors. The percentages shown here are meaningless in isolation.

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This screen capture shows that spotify used 1% of the battery capacity since the last charge. This is the significant figure and, if that was 12% after 10 minutes usage then you would have a problem as spotify would drain the battery in 80 minutes. Only this figure is relevant.

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The bottom line is to check the actual usage as a percentage of the battery capacity in app manager and I suspect you really have nothing to worry about.

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Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

Jigalo123
Newbie
Okay i think i solved the problem, go to Spotify.Com reset your password, then sign out of all connected spotify devices. Delete all aps and cache, reboot your phone. Download Spotify app, sign in with new password. And it all works like a charm, my battery hasnt gotten warm or drained at all since. And my energysaver doesn't continuously warn me that spotify is not using power correctly anymore. Try it!!! 🙌
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Spotify spend so much battery in my galaxy nexus.

ev3c
Casual Listener

It's great on my galaxy nexus, but spend so much battery, also in off-line mode...

Much more than the android player reproducing mp3. 
It's the biggest problem that I found to still using spotify if you can't fix this 'bug'. 

 

Thank You !

Salut !

 

Re: Spotify spend so much battery in my galaxy nexus.

Joe
Community Legend

Is that just playing local files or when you're streaming? 

Re: Spotify spend so much battery in my galaxy nexus.

ev3c
Casual Listener

Playing local files... 

I download some lists before.

 

Thank's !

Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

Joe
Community Legend

Hi. I had something similar with spotify recently - rapid battery drain and device running hot. On looking into it, it seems that musixmatch had crashed and might have been responsible. I haven't been able to reproduce this since though. Does your android version have a battery usage by application display in settings? If so, could you post a screenshot showing the effect of spotify.

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stegnersaurus
Music Fan

Hi, thanks for the reply!
My phone does have a Battery Usage screen, but to be honest with you, when the EVO 3D updated from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, I felt that the Battery Usage menu got much less useful. It used to list specific apps all the time; now it hardly ever does. I haven't seen it list Spotify in its battery usage menu at all. I'll double-check soon, but I'm pretty sure that for whatever reason it doesn't show up. I do use the Watchdog app to monitor how much of the CPU and RAM apps are taking up. I could take a screenshot of that for you.

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Joe
Community Legend

I forgot that the battery app in ICS was broken. how about something like Battery Stats PLus from Play?

Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

CrazyEddieNL
Gig Goer

Hi,

 

I have the same problem, after listening 15 min to Spotify offline music the battery has drained at least 25%! It doesn't matter if i'm connected with Wifi, 3G aro have no data connection at all. Also listening to to online (streaming) music the draining continues (wat i can imagin somehow)

I got an older battery but if i use my phone regular like just some browsing on the internet, looking en posting on Facebook etc. the battery can hold it for the daytime. So it has to be somthing with spotify.

Ofcourse im totaly not happy with it since i want to use it on my holiday in offline mode. But only listening one hour without recharge options is not done for me!

 

My phone is a HTC Sensation with the ICS 4.0.3 update.

Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

Joe
Community Legend

Could you run one of the battry usage monitoring apps for a bit too, then post a screenshot to help with troubleshooting.


@CrazyEddieNL wrote:

Hi,

 

I have the same problem, after listening 15 min to Spotify offline music the battery has drained at least 25%! It doesn't matter if i'm connected with Wifi, 3G aro have no data connection at all. Also listening to to online (streaming) music the draining continues (wat i can imagin somehow)

I got an older battery but if i use my phone regular like just some browsing on the internet, looking en posting on Facebook etc. the battery can hold it for the daytime. So it has to be somthing with spotify.

Ofcourse im totaly not happy with it since i want to use it on my holiday in offline mode. But only listening one hour without recharge options is not done for me!

 

My phone is a HTC Sensation with the ICS 4.0.3 update.




Re: Spotify for Android causing massive battery drain and heating of phone

CrazyEddieNL
Gig Goer

Hi,

 

I thought it was 15 min, but it seems to be 22 min, but to much anyway. The phone does heat up too. I use Spotify already for about 3 years (even on a window 6.5 phone after finaly they released it for that phone (HTC HD). I had some problems along the way, but never this draining issue.

Here are a few screens i took a few weeks ago with planning to post it here, but i was a little to busy the last weeks, you can look at the time right above. thank for tryning to help!

 

 

 

 

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