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Moto X Reportedly Seeing Battery Drain on Android 4.4.2

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Since receiving the update to Android 4.4.2, a handful of readers who own the Moto X (Verizon variant in particular) reached out to ask if we had heard of others experiencing battery drain that wasn’t there with 4.4. After poking around your regular Google product support forums, Android forums, and Google+, I think it’s safe to say that many are indeed experiencing a decline in battery life after making the move to Android 4.4.2. The question is, what’s the culprit and is there a fix? 

Unfortunately, we do not know answers to either of those. I’ve spent a couple of hours this morning trying to find any sort of common solution and have come up empty. Most users are now seeing “Android OS” gobble up a majority of their battery life, an issue that first started with the Nexus 5 receiving 4.4.2 and has yet to be addressed by Google. In fact, almost any phone running 4.4.2 has a thread in a forum related to “Android OS now draining my battery.”

I personally am also seeing the latest Chrome Beta attack my battery as it has never done before. Not sure if that’s related or not. But I also noticed my battery begging for juice by 11PM last night after having only been off the charger from the early afternoon on.

I have seen some users blame location services and recommend turning bits and pieces of them off, while others suggest that a standard factory reset may do the trick. Or does it have something to do with the latest Active Display update? We have even been told that simple phone reboot in the morning after unplugging your phone will help. Again, it really seems like these issues were started with 4.4.2 and are now hitting other devices so we are seeing more reporting it.

I’d just ask this – if you are experiencing battery issues now with 4.4.2, let us know. Also, let us know if you have found anything that has increased battery life or if there was something in particular that was causing your drain. I don’t know that we can all fix this issue together, but it’s worth a try.


  • Wendy Romkes

    I have a Brand New note3 and it has a 40% battery loss overnight in standby… thats s lot IMO.

  • Benjamin Parker

    I think I have a possible answer. I recently got a Moto X and saw the battery drain happening right away. I had experienced improvement on my Nexus 7 after turning off location services, but I soon thought “What if an app is to blame?” So I thought of the most likely app to poll the location data on my devices and uninstalled it. For the record, it was Weather Channel. Sure enough, I saw a marked improvement on both devices. While Android OS was 30+% before on my Moto X, it is 16% today. My best guess is that Geolocation on some apps are not fully compatible with the tweaks made to how location data is now handled.

  • Oneworld

    Stopping camera in mine dramatically improved my battery also uninstalled active display update.

  • meetingmemphis

    I am experiencing this same issue! A factory reset worked temporarily (about 12 hours), but now it’s back with a vengeance.

  • Zach Price

    Yep moto x xt1060, (rooted), running 4.4.2, I have to charge my phone 2-3 times a freaking day now when I first got it I only needed to once every day and it still had at least 30% left when I did so

  • Dave

    I am having the same problem. No battery life after jellybean update. My screen seems to be always on draining my battery

  • the guy

    i hane gone from using 1% of my battery every 19 minutes to 1% every 9 minutes. That’s about half the life.

  • jfgoodysr

    Just got a moto x, and the android os is using more juice than the screen is. Over 25% of battery usage!

  • Jamie Arellano

    I’m having issues since the update. Verizon moto x. If I don’t put it on the charger at night it is dead in the morning. When I first got the device this was not a problem.

  • Kiran Vajja

    I am having the same problem since the update to 4.4.2. In fact Android Operating system is using up 50-55% of battery life on my phone. I have not added any new apps or changed any settings after the firmware update. I am no expert on the OS but I am seeing the battery drain post the update. Before the update I used to get 26 hours on fair usage.

  • Paul Leduac

    I’ve noticed there are TWO culprits on mine, Android OS and Android System. Between the two of them, 60% of my phone’s battery usage is accounted for (34% and 26%, respectively).

  • Emily

    I am at 44% with 5hrs 23min on battery. I just got this phone a few weeks ago. Seems like it’s draining way too fast. I haven’t found a solution but am looking for one. I factory reset my phone the other day and haven’t seen any difference. Hopefully a fix can come soon.

  • dummy who expects more

    sounds like the battery problem just went away for everybody at the same time 10 days ago, right?

    • Paul Leduac

      No. Problem still occurring for me, anyway. I took my phone off the charger at about 4:30 this morning (it was fully charged) and set it down, then went back to bed. Woke up at 9:15 and it was down to 78%. Wasn’t used at all.

    • heyheythere

      No way. still terrible

  • Andrew Caudell

    I received my Moto X a week ago (Sprint version) and am having this issue. I got the 4.4.2 update the day I got the phone, so I don’t have a before and after story for ya. But I charge my phone at night, wake up and unplug it at 4:30 am to go to work and by 2:30 pm it’s at 20-30%. Today it was at 9% when I got off work, and this is with very light usage throughout the day. Maybe an hour total of web and news app browsing and 2-3 hours of iHeart Radio. I’m even running the Snapdragon Battery Guru app and it says it’s saving power but it hasn’t made ANY difference.

    Note: my original version WiFi-only Nexus 7, running the same OS version, is NOT having this issue.

    • ForrestTracey

      It’s a bug in the Camera App. Don’t use the camera after a reset and see if you have the same issues.

      • Andrew Caudell

        Just noticed something for the first time… There’s a process set to run at startup and has a bunch of permissions called ‘Adam’. Anyone have any clue what this is?

  • The issue with my Moto X (4.4.2) seems to be Google Play Services.

  • vw

    New update is draining my battery. Not a good update.

    • ForrestTracey

      It’s a bug in the Camera App (stock) on my phone. Don’t use the camera after a reset and see if you have the same issues.