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Unreasonable battery drain on Pixel 3a

Unreasonable battery drain on Pixel 3a

Plan

Premium

 

Country

US

 

Device

Google Pixel 3a 

 

Operating System

Android 12

Google play system update from august 1st 2022

Security update from may 5th 2022

Build number SP2A.220505.008

 

My Question or Issue

Spotify is using a massive amount of battery and causing my phone to heat up quite a bit

This is a clean install off a factory reset from slightly over a week ago

I've been playing HQ downloaded music over bluetooth

 

 

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Hey @superchill93,

 

Thanks for reaching out and welcome to the Community!

 

As a first step in narrowing down the possible cause for this behaviour, can you please try using the app with the Bluetooth connection turned off and see if that makes a difference? Also, please let us know your current Spotify version.

 

Keep us posted!

 

Take care,

YordanModerator
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Just tested with and without bluetooth 
I had my phone speaker around 50% volume for 30 minutes which used around 6% of my battery

I got around 40 minutes with 6% with bluetooth on playing through my earbuds

both runs were performed with the screen off the whole time downloaded albums on loop

So the bluetooth actually used less battery which makes sense I think cause the phone isn't directly driving speakers

My spotify version is 8.7.66.534

Hi there @superchill93,

 

Thank you for your reply and for the troubleshooting you've done so far.

 

As a next step we suggest that you follow the steps bellow:

  1. Mobile Settings> Apps> Spotify> Permissions. Allow everything you see there.
  2. Mobile settings> Apps> Spotify> Battery> Optimize battery usage> select top All (not optimized for apps)> Spotify> turn on.
  3. Last step - restart the phone.

Let us know how it goes so  that we can continue to assist you if you need us to 🙂

Take care!

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The only permissions I haven't given it are camera and contact. I can give it those permissions you want but I don't think that would be affecting battery that much

The battery settings have been set to Optimized for a while ( the other options are restricted and unrestricted )

I've tried setting it to restricted as well but that didn't help enough to be noticeable

Hey there @superchill93

 

Thanks for getting back to us. 

 

Just to confirm, did this start happening after a specific event such as an update (either of Spotify or the OS of your phone)?

 

On another note, could you let us know if this only happens while in Offline mode or if it also happens when you're streaming via WiFi/cellular?

 

We'll be on the lookout. 

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Originally I was using a ZTE Blade A3 prime and then I bought the pixel. The battery life was fine on the A3 prime but I had an older version of spotify and android installed on that
Also I just tested with offline mode and I'm still getting about 6 minutes out of 1% of battery (10% every hour with the screen off playing music through bluetooth)

 

I'm gonna see if I can grab the older version off my A3 prime and see if that fixes the issue

Edit: The version I pulled from the A3 prime didn't run on my phone. Which makes sense cause they're different architectures afaik. But I was unable to test it
I did, however, find the version that it was running. That being 8.7.38.666

Plan

Premium Family

Country

UK

Device

Google Pixel 4A

Operating System

Android 13

My Question or Issue

Spotify uses a lot of battery - on the way to work I listened for around 40 minutes, which resulted in 15-18% battery use - it went from around 98% charged to the low 80s. This was listening to two podcasts that I'd downloaded at home over wi-fi. My phone was locked, in my pocket (so screen shouldn't have been on).

 

It would be great if Spotify was more battery efficient.

 

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My Question or Issue

On my Google Pixel 7a Android 13 phone, 1.5 hours of Spotify usage can end up burning 30% of the battery. E.g. this morning showing total of 1h23m usage with 58m of that as background usage and Spotify shown as used 30% of the battery in battery usage breakdown. Note, the equivalent time listening to Audible only used 3% of the battery! There seems to be something very wrong here with Spotify battery usage. Clearing caches etc doesnt seem to help.

 

Plan

Premium

Country

UK

 

Device

Google Pixel 7a

Operating System

Android 13

Spotify Version

8.8.74.652

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