How to Fix Google Pixel 5 Battery Drain Issue

Are you having battery drain issue on your Google Pixel 5? If your phone’s battery life seems to run out fast, there are some tips you can try to reduce the battery drain and help your phone’s battery last longer.

In this guide, we will look at some effective solutions to help troubleshoot battery draining problem and how you can extend the battery life on your Google Pixel 5. Read on.

How to improve battery life on Google Pixel 5

If your smartphone’s battery life is short, try these effective battery saving tips to maximize the battery life.

1. Check on apps using too much battery

Check for apps with high background battery usage and restrict them to avoid the battery drain. If you notice there are apps with high overall battery usage, here’s how to check and restrict them.

  • Go to your phone’s Settings
  • Then tap on Battery
  • Next tap on the 3 vertical dots on the top right and then select Battery usage
  • Under Battery usage since full charge, you will see a list of apps with their battery usage percentage
  • To see more apps and services, tap the 3 vertical dots on the top right and select Show full device usage
  • You can then tap the individual app to see or change how an app uses battery
  • Turn on the Background restriction for apps with high overall battery use
  • You can also turn the Battery optimization on for apps to achieve longer battery life

2. Turn on the battery saver mode

The battery saver mode helps to extend your phone’s battery life although at the cost of restricting certain functionality of the device. If you choose to enable the battery saving mode, here’s how you can do that.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Battery
  • Tap on Battery Saver and turn it ON
  • You can also choose to turn on Extreme Battery Saver which can save even more power.

You can also enable adaptive battery to automatically limit apps that you don’t use often from running in the background while you’re not using them. Here’s how to turn on the Adaptive Battery feature.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Battery
  • Next tap on Adaptive Battery and turn it ON

3.  Enable battery optimization for each app

Battery optimization feature allows the apps to use your phone’s battery only when you need them to. If you disable battery optimization for an app, that app can continue to run even while you’re not using it, even if you have set the adaptive battery to on. This can lead to more battery drain. To turn on battery optimization for each app, here’s how you can do that.

  • Go to Settings app
  • Tap on Apps & notifications
  • Tap on Advanced
  • Tap on Special app access
  • Tap on Battery optimization
  • Now check for apps that are listed as Not optimized
  • Tap the app and then choose Optimize to turn on the battery optimization for that app
  • Repeat the above step and enable battery optimization for the remaining apps

4. Turn off Adaptive brightness

The adaptive brightness feature automatically adjusts the screen brightness according to your environment. However, this can also impact your phone’s battery life as it is always scanning the current lighting condition of your environment and trying to adjusts the brightness level. To enable this feature, follow the steps below.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Display
  • Tap on Adaptive brightness and turn it off to disable the feature

If you need to change the brightness level, you can always do that manually by going to the brightness slider on the quick settings panel.

5. Adjust the screen timeout

Long screen timeout will keep your phone’s screen on for a lot longer and that can drain the battery power unnecessary. Adjust the screen timeout and set it to low value to put your phone to sleep immediately on idle. Here’s how to do that.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Display
  • Tap on Advanced
  • Tap on Screen timeout and set the timeout duration (30 seconds or lower)

6. Turn off smooth display

The smooth display feature on your Pixel phone automatically adjusts the screen refresh rate from 60hz to 90hz for a more smoother display experience. However, this comes at the cost of battery life as the features uses more power. If you don’t need the 90hz display, you can turn it off. Here’s how to do that.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Display
  • Tap on Smooth display and turn it off to allow your  phone to always use 60hz refresh rate.

7. Turn off the Ambient always on display

The Always on display feature shows time, notification icons and other info on your display even when the screen is off. This increases the battery usage of your phone and can have a significant strain on the battery. If you don’t need the feature, you can turn it off. Here’s how to do that.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on Display
  • Scroll down and tap on Lock screen display
  • Tap on Always on and turn the switch off to disable the feature

8. Use Dark theme

You can also choose to enable dark theme which is not only soothing to the eyes to look at but can also help to save the battery life. The dark theme uses less power as compared to the default white theme. If you choose to enable the dark theme, here’s how you can do that.

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on Display
  • Tap on Dark theme and turn it on

9. Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS when you are not using them

Keeping WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS features turned on when you are not actively using them is not advisable. These services when enabled will keep scanning for connections even when not using and that can drain your battery faster. To turn them off, swipe down the quick settings panel and tap the corresponding icons to disable.


Apart from the above tips, there are many other ways to save battery life of your phone. For instance, you can reduce the screen resolution, use dark/black wallpapers, uninstall or remove problematic apps or apps that are using too much battery, update apps/software, turn off printing services and other features you don’t use and so on. We hope this guide was useful and help you with some effective battery saving tips for your Google Pixel 5 phone.