Android Kitkat Update Causes Battery Drain
If you were one of the many people who have received an update to KitKat on your Android device this year, you’ve got sparkly new capabilities such as the ability to call up Google Now simply by saying “Ok, Google.” However, not everything has gone swimmingly with the update. You may also have been one of the not-so-lucky ones to experience a serious drain in battery after upgrading your phone or tablet to Android 4.4.2. What can you do to avoid having to charge two or three times daily?
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information out there about this, except that 4.4.3 contains a number of bug fixes. This isn’t good news if you just received the KitKat update or if your phone isn’t slotted to get an update after this one. Some reports talk about a bug with the camera that caused battery drain. This could be triggered by apps such as Skype; however, removing Skype didn’t solve everyone’s problem.
Battery Drain Symptoms
XDA and Android Central are full of threads from frustrated Android devices owners. They have the HTC One, the Galaxy S 4 and even Nexus devices that suddenly won’t last them more than a couple hours in standby after the upgrade. It’s not limited to a single manufacturer. However, there does tend to be one symptom that is the same in all cases. When you look at your battery usage, “Android System” will rank well above any other function, including your screen. In most cases, it was well above 95%, even if the user had just turned on his or her phone. The battery could completely drain without any phone calls or screen time at all. If you’re currently experiencing this, you’re understandable frustrated. “Hundreds of users have reported this issue to Google,” according to Jason Hope. “It’s surprising such a large bug made it through testing.”
KitKat Battery Drain Bug Fixes
Of course, you’ll want to remedy this issue before you receive an update to 4.4.3. Some people have found that removing Skype from their devices is helpful when the camera bug is at fault. Many users with this problem have been able to wipe their cache partition to solve the issue. To wipe your cache partition, which won’t delete any personal data on your Android device, follow these steps.
- Disable fast boot on your phone.
- Turn off the device.
- Hold the power and volume down button.
- Select recovery mode with the power button.
- Press the power and volume up button.
- Select “Wipe Cache Partition.”
- Select “Reboot system.”
In some cases, wiping the cache partition doesn’t help, and you may attempt a factory reset. Most users found their battery drain issues solved by resetting. Make sure photos and videos are saved to your SD card. Backup app settings and contacts before performing a reset.
In the event that a factory reset doesn’t resolve battery drain, some users have successfully contacted device makers for replacement Android devices.