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Why would Android devices have Google Play services using up the second-most amount of battery usage over a 24 hour period (second only to screen power)?

On one device, I see Google Play services using 28% of battery usage. No updates were performed on that device since the last reboot.

When selecting Settings > Battery > Google Play Services, under "Included Packages" it only lists Google Backup Transport, Google Bookmarks Sync, Google Play services, Google Account Manager, Google Contacts Sync, and Google Services Framework. There is almost no data on the device, so nothing is being backed up in the background.

What is causing this, and what can be done to prevent it?

  • What can be causing this, and what can be done to prevent it? -- Here, have a reason android.stackexchange.com/questions/34969/… Its not orphan here I guess but it explains the issue. – Firelord Apr 16 '15 at 23:52
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    This issue has been dealt by a user in the answer here. android.stackexchange.com/questions/68399/… – Firelord Apr 16 '15 at 23:58
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    Did you look to see what background services are running through Google Play Services? Your dilemma all depends on what apps that are running that are dependent on that service. Could be a notification or sync/update service. – HasH_BrowN Apr 17 '15 at 7:29
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    @HasH_BrowN How do you see what background services are running through Google Play Services? – RockPaperLizard Apr 17 '15 at 8:35
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    settings>battery> then tap on Google play services – HasH_BrowN Apr 17 '15 at 8:37

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