Google Maps Draining Battery? Try These 10 Fixes!

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Google Maps draining battery

If Google Maps is draining your phone’s battery heavily, it could be due to several reasons including location sharing, background data and battery usage, and more.

If you find your device running low on power while using Google Maps, there are several fixes you can try:

1. Disable Location Permissions

Turning off Location Permissions can reduce battery usage significantly, though it may affect location accuracy. Use this option when precise location tracking is less critical. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Tap on settings and click Apps & notifications.
Apps & Notifications
  1. Select Google Maps then hit Permissions.
  1. Disable the Location permission if it’s enabled.
Disable location

2. Switch to Dark Mode in Google Maps

Dark mode reduces the amount of light your screen emits and can extend your device’s battery life.

  1. Open Google Maps and tap on the profile icon.
Google Maps profile
  1. Tap Settings.
Tap settings
  1. Select Dark Mode.
Dark mode
  1. Click On.
Turn on

3. Activate Battery Saving Mode

Battery Saving Mode limits background data usage, decreases brightness, and reduces update rates, helping to extend your battery life.

  1. Go to Settings and tap Battery.
  1. If the power saver mode is disabled like in my screenshot below, toggle the switch to turn it on.
Turn on battery saver

However, note that power-saving modes on mobile devices can limit the performance of certain apps like Google Maps.

4. Set Location Access to App Use Only

Adjusting location access only when the app is in use can prevent Google Maps from consuming battery life in the background. Follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Google Maps.
Pick Google Maps
  1. Click Location.
Select location
  1. Select While Using the App.
While using the app

5. Stop Location Sharing

If you’re sharing your location with others through Google Maps, consider turning this feature off to save battery. To stop location sharing:

  1. Tap on the profile icon on your Google Map app.
Profile icon
  1. Tap Location sharing.
Location sharing
  1. Click on the profile of the person you’re sharing your location with.
Tap profile
  1. Click Stop.
stop location sharing

6. Turn Off Background Data Usage

Preventing Google Maps from using data in the background can also save battery. To do that:

  1. Locate the Google Maps app and long-press it. Click App info.
App info
  1. Tap Data usage.
Data usage
  1. Disable Background data if it’s enabled.
Disable Background data

7. Optimize Google Maps Battery Usage

Restricting how much battery Google Maps can use in the background will help conserve energy.

  1. Open Settings and click Battery.
  1. Tap the three dots and click Battery optimization.
Battery optimization
  1. Select Google Maps, pick Optimize, then hit Done.
Optimize to save battery

8. Disable Background App Refresh

This stops Google Maps from refreshing content in the background when it’s not in use. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Go to Settings and tap Google Maps.
Google Maps app
  1.  Locate Background App Refresh and toggle it off.
Disable background refresh

9. Turn Off Google Location History

Disabling Location History prevents Google Maps from continually logging your location, which can drain the battery.

  1. Open Google Maps and click the profile icon.
Profile icon
  1. Tap Settings.
  1. Select Personal content.
Personal content
  1. Click Timeline is on.
Timeline settings
  1. Tap Turn off.
Turn off

10. Use Google Maps Offline

Using offline maps reduces the need for constant data fetching, which can conserve battery. To download maps on your Android device for offline use:

  1. Open Google Maps and tap the profile icon.
Profile icon
  1. Select Offline maps.
Offline maps
  1. Tap Select your own map.
Select your own map
  1. Search for the area you want to download. You can zoom in to see the area, then tap Download.
Download offline map

Additional Fixes

  • Update the app: Visit the app store, search Google Maps then tap update (if present). 
  • Update phone software: Go to Settings > System Updates (or similar) and check for any available updates.
  • Reinstall the Google Maps app: On your device, find the Google Maps app, long-press on it until you see options, and then select Uninstall. Go to the app store, search for Google Maps, and reinstall it.
  • Switch to Google Maps Go: If you’re using an Android device, go to the Google Play Store and search for Google Maps Go. Install it as you would any other app, then use it instead of the regular Google Maps app.
  • Restart the phone: Press and hold the power button on your device until a menu appears, then select Restart or Reboot. Alternatively, power off your phone, wait a few moments, then power it back on.
  • Turn off your screen when using navigation: While using Google Maps for navigation, simply press the power button on your device to turn off the screen.
  • Clear the cache and data: Go to your device’s Settings > Apps or Applications > Google Maps > Hit both Clear cache and Clear data. 
  • Remove Google Maps widgets from the home screen: Long-press the Google Maps widget on your home screen until options appear, then select Remove or Delete. 

By implementing these settings, you can ensure that Google Maps isn’t rapidly draining your battery. Whether you’re traveling long distances or navigating around town, these adjustments can make a big difference in how long your device lasts on a single charge.

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