How to fix the Android bug that's draining your battery

Your Android battery life just suddenly got worse? A Google Play Services bug could be to blame. Here are some workarounds you can try while Google conjures up a fix.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Have you noticed that your Android smartphone's battery is draining much quicker than usual lately? The problem could be an Android bug.

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Android Hacks reported, and ZDNet has confirmed through testing, that Google Play Services version 18.3.82 is eating through battery power in the background at an alarming rate.

Fortunately, you have some options when it comes to workarounds for this bug.

Two suggestions offered up by Android Hacks is to either downgrade to an older version of the Play Services (however, bear in mind that this will auto-update at some point… hopefully Google will have patched it by then), or run the beta version (by signing up for the beta program or downloading it manually. Bear in mind the beta may be buggy, but it doesn't seem affected by this bug.

Google will likely push out an update for this bug in the next few days.

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