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Moto X Reportedly Seeing Battery Drain on Android 4.4.2

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?Β 

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.

  • enigmaco

    I am having it I could leave it unplug overnight on a full charge and wake up to 90% now I am waking up to about 64% motorola seems somewhat concerned with it by the sound of things there is a issue going on. The one tech said he is going to monitor my phone for a few days and see what happens.

  • beefgoat

    Every day, I have Android OS at the top. :/

  • echeck

    I haven’t noticed any degradation in battery life. In fact, I’d say it seems somewhat better on my Moto X since upgrading to 4.4.2. Running stock unrooted on Vzw. Had lighter than normal call use today, but streamed an entire baseball game through MLB’s AtBat app, Via WIFI mostly with some forced 3G connectivity too when away from WIFI.

    I came from an OG Razr Maxx after ditching the HIDEOUS GNex 2 years ago. I tried to will the GNex to be the phone it was hyped to be for 60 days. Thankfully the Razr Maxx came out during those 60 days. Was apprehensive about what to go to after my Maxx. Pondered other well phones well reviewed by DL, but really liked the smaller size of the Moto X. Have had my X since 2/8 and can honestly say it definitely holds its own in terms of battery life compared to my Maxx. My Maxx was running CM 10.1.3 since last Fall which improved its battery life over the stock rooted Vzw JB rom. Only regret I have about my X is not getting the DE so I could easily root it to run Titanium Backup. Otherwise, it’s all kinds of awesome.

  • mike

    Not looking good for me.

  • Jazzbone

    Sad to say my moto x battery life is noticeably LESS impressive since the update….

  • David867

    I notices this weekend that the battery on my Moto X was draining twice as fast since the update. I’ve tried rebooting, turning features off, but nothing has helped. Being on WiFi does help a little with the battery drain.

  • snagglejuice

    Its put in on purpose so your battery dies out fries your processor and forces u into buying more phones or the camera and mics are running constantly recording your life to the NSA the only part of guberment who listens makes u regret pounding that one out to porn on your phone eh?

  • Trysta

    My boyfriend’s moto x experienced really bad battery drain today. He barely uses his phone and it was fully charged this morning but tonight it died. When I checked the battery settings Android OS was using WAY more than anything else.

    He’s on verizon and got the update to 4.4.2. a couple days ago.

    Any ideas on how to remedy this (even if it means turning off stuff as long as it isn’t gmail) would be much appreciated!

  • ForrestTracey

    I have it as well. I’ve also figured out the problem. It’s something to do with the Camera. I don’t use my camera everyday, also I wasn’t getting a bad battery drain unless it was a day that I had used my camera. For 3 days I’ve tested this and every time I open the Camera app I get the drain. Now I just make sure I do a reset after using the camera and it has solved the problem (for now).

    Photo is from a day that I used the Camera.

    • heyheythere

      Terrible battery for me every day, camera or no sadness camera.

      • ForrestTracey

        That does suck… My wife and I both have the Moto X. When we open our camera app we get bad battery drain with high Android OS drain. We close the camera app and restart the phone after every time we use the camera and haven’t had any problems sense. Hope there is a fix coming… good luck though.

        • heyheythere

          Did you try a different camera app? Or is it the camera itself? I wonder if I should try what you’re doing.

          • ForrestTracey

            We have not tried a different camera app…just the stock one. We found the problem and have found a way to get around it, so for now we are good just resetting our phone when we use the camera πŸ™‚

          • heyheythere

            Ok thanks. I’m going to try to close the camera maybe it will help, but it happens even when I don’t use the camera. I’ll try anything, though!

  • LRoca

    I vw got A deal from Motorola.Moto X for 299 gsm unlock and 2 free cases with 60 dollars and after having it for a few days with 4.4.2 had to return it due to poor battery life πŸ™

  • Travis Walls

    Nothing scientific here, but I do know that my battery life is a little worse than it was before. Actually, I found my battery life was great after 4.4… After doing a full reset of everything. I don’t have the heart to go through that again with 4.4.2, so I’ll put up with a 5-10% difference in battery life at the end of the day.

  • fireandlight27

    I found this article while trying to figure out why 4.4.2 is draining my battery. In definitely experiencing this as well. Used to be able to get through the day without going much below half battery. Now my phone is being for juice by the end of the work day.

  • Daniel Renfroe

    Weird, no battery drain on mine….

  • Colin

    I’m for sure having the battery drain issues since the update. I’ve noticed that with a game in the background it’s especially bad, but even with limited apps open it still drains way too quickly.

  • Mithun

    I faced it but didn’t know if it was due to 4.4.2 since I bought my Moto X only a month ago and when it turned it on, it had the 4.4.2 update waiting to be installed.

    Anyway, I have found the fix to the problem I think. I read somewhere that if you select Android Runtime which is in beta instead of Dalvik as the app rendering machine, it helps the battery and that is what I did by going into developer settings and changing it to Android Runtime. Even though the highest percent of battery drain still goes to Android OS but at least the battery now lasts much longer…easily a day for a heavy user like me…Google the benefits of Android Runtime…

  • Michael Sagna

    My battery isn’t doing too well either!

  • Jessica Bury

    I’m on a Nexus 5 and setting the WiFi to “keep WiFi on during sleep only when plugged in” helped immensely.

  • davejohns

    VZW, running ART. battery drain, dropped data connection, massive cache, massive os battery drain, wifi drain 20% even though wifi is off & all apps set to use network data, two crashes & three lockups since 4.4.2 update, & if you rotate the screen while typing you loose everything youve typed.

    • billhong

      VZW/ART here too, and I’ve seen none of those things. Phone has a build issue perhaps?

  • joe

    Yes with sprint here

  • anton

    Same problem here with my moto g

  • Azmain Syed

    So far its not a really bad battery drain for me on my Verizon Moto X, but my screen does seem use most of the battery. I have my brightness to the lowest settings and screen timeout for 30 seconds.

  • motomark

    I updated last night and today my battery was in the red about 8 hours before usual. It was running hot all day. I played with WiFi and connection settings but it seems its just the OS eating the battery.

  • rq3747

    Moto X on T-mobile here, No significant change in battery life after 4.4.2 update weeks ago. I still need to plug it in every other day, with moderate use.

  • I’m starting to see the same issue and I am still on 4.4 (at&t Moto x). Maybe it is not a 4.4.2 exclusive thing.

  • BOB Dudek

    Ill be recv a NEW Motto X 32 direct from MOTO this week..We will see how a fresh Install acts.

  • BOB Dudek

    HTC 1

    I GOT rid of the latest -worst- Buggy resource hog, – v.Chrome beta.
    Now ..Runs like its on crack since 4.4.2 ..Using CM Secure Browser,

    Fastest that I have used. Great job.,KS mobile.

  • Jacob Graham

    I received the 4.4.2 update on my Verizon Moto X last week, and I have noticed that my battery life has gone down. Android OS isn’t taking up much percentage, it’s still mostly screen (normal), however, “Android System” seems to be beating a lot of my charge.

  • CaptainDisillusion

    I’m having the battery issues too, and I think it has to do with my radio. Not until this update had I been seeing my radio drop to 3G or even 1x in places where it always had 4G. Now, it mostly sits at 4G in these locations, but just randomly sits in a weaker mode.

  • mkw87

    Mine has been better since the upgrade.

  • Travis Halfman

    Had my first sub-par battery day yesterday just as this topic got going. Two things I had done differently: Chrome Beta was updated and used Photosphere from googleeditioncamera.apk. Battery IMMEDIATELY began to suck. Uninstalled Chrome Beta and have not used camera today. Battery back to normal.

  • engemasa

    I have a LG Nexus 5 and on two occasions I have experienced a huge drain in the battery. I know this post is regarding the Moto X but I’m wondering if there could be something related. The process that has been draining the battery is called: mm-qcamera-daemon. After searching to confirm my original findings it looks like Google has identified a problem (At least in the Nexus 5 related to the camera) and a fix on the way and will likely be introduced in the next maintenance update.

    From what I understand the problem is something causing the mm-qcamera-deamon not to stop and thus not allowing the phone to enter into a low-power mode (when the screen is locked). Someone from Google addressed a post on the google community boards (can’t find the page at the moment) asking users to restart their phones in Safe Mode (Hold down power, Long Press on the Power Off option, Select “OK”) and see if the problem persists after a period of time. If it does not then it’s possibly a third-party application that’s triggering the process. LightFlow has been referred to several times as a possibly culprit.

    Although that fix is currently centered around the Nexus 5, this could possibly lead to a fix Moto X.

    Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps

  • billhong

    Can’t say I’ve noticed a problem so far. Right now I’m at 70% after getting off the charger 6 1/2 hours ago and even then only charging up to just above 90%. Been doing some Assist/Google Now and surfing activity, texting etc. Analysis says Android OS is running 10%, and 50% screen time (nearly 1 hr overall). Yesterday I did convert from running Dalvik to ART, not sure if that really made any difference. System still says I can run a full charge for 24 hrs plus a few minutes.

  • Scott

    I decided to have the online chat with Motorola regarding this issue. They basically had me go into the stock recovery and wipe cache partition. I don’t think that will work, but will give them the benefit of the doubt.

    One interesting note, I noticed a factory reset option inside the stock recovery. I asked the rep if that do a more thorough factory reset than the one found in the settings. He said yes, I may give that a go unless people here think that is total bunk.

  • Shane Girodat

    I have been having Android OS on my AT&T Moto X on 4.4 having the battery drain issue since I bought it. I have tried several resets, changed location settings, turned off Google Now, and no change. Ready to try unlock this thing and find a ROM.

    • needa

      what is you screen on time when android os is up top?

      • Shane Girodat

        Screen time was 1 hour and 25 minutes a couple of short charges in between. If Android OS wasn’t killing my battery it would last 2 days. I get better battery life with my old Galaxy Nexus.

        • needa

          that is pretty damn terrible. i hope they get things fixed. good luck.

  • Zach Constan

    Hmmm… now that you mention it, the first times I’ve ever had to watch battery level with my Moto X have been since the 4.4.2 update!

  • prestone1

    damn that Android OS

  • RT

    My Moto X to 4.4.2 stays hot and draining my battery life.

  • Chris

    not only was battery MUCH MUCH better on 4.4 but now the restricted data that comes on when the battery is low no longer automatically turns its self off.

  • Cameron Fenno

    I’ve had the Android OS issue since I got the VZW Moto X last year. Tried many things to fix it — if there was anything even to fix (some said “hey, it’s just a smart phone being smart” — and they have a point — but others didn’t experience the issue which kept me trying). Phone awake time graph showed it being awake for short times even with screen off, all the time.

    I did a reset 2 days ago, after the 4.4.2 update. So far, I’ve gotten the best battery life I have ever seen with the VZW Moto X.

    I will refuse to install Facebook, as that is always complained about. Going to go very slow putting new apps on the device. Same with widgets.

    At this point, I am at ~25 hours off charger with just short of 4 hours screen on time and am at 10%. Mixed wifi and LTE usage.

    We’ll see if this behavior keeps up.

  • Chad

    YES! Since going to 4.4.2 my phone with minimal usage is below 35% after about 9 hours.

  • Anthony Johnson

    Well I am not facing any issue with my Moto X
    but experiencing the same issue with my Nexus 5 since morning as its battery
    gets discharge soon and I have to put it on the wireless charger after few
    hours to use it again.

  • Do She

    I’ve got the problem.

    • doczenith1

      lol your Android OS and Screen percentages are exactly what mine were yesterday. Today after a full charge and reboot is looking much better. Is your phone also waking a lot? Mine was constantly when I got those high OS numbers.

  • Bill Hewins

    After the update to 4.4.2 my Moto X battery doesn’t completely charge overnight while using the Griffin dock. It will only get to about 80% after being on the charger for about 6 hours.

  • discstu37

    Battery life can be impacted by SO MANY things… I know for the first 3-5 days after an update, my phone’s ANdroid OS usage goes way up as things “shake out” and optimize (and I don’t just mean the optimization screen on first boot). After that battery life seems to level out and Android OS use goes down.

    That being said, my standard battery life on really any phone I’ve ever had has been about 12-14 hours, 3-4 hours screen time, mainly on WiFi. Seeing some of these posts about 16 hours and being at 60% or whatever, I’d love to know your tricks…


    Moto G is in the list too

  • P Daniel

    I have had the battery drain on my Moto X. Android OS was the #1 thing draining my battery while it’s usually ALWAYS screen. Drained 25% in 3 hours while my phone was just sitting there. I went into apps and force stopped backup, sync and the camera. That seemed to help. But when I do that, the camera won’t start with the wrist twist. Hopefully this gets addressed soon. Thanks for the article, I was worried it was just my phone.

  • bill

    I Aldo have experienced substantially higher battery drain with 4.2.2.

  • William Mahaffey

    I’m definitely experiencing the same issues. The moto X has had the best battery life of any android I’ve ever had and now it’s behaving just like my droid x and galaxy nexus used to. Using maps and my camera seem to make the drain a lot worse.

  • hopeadope

    I know this if for the nexus 5 in particular but maybe it’s a similar problem and similar solution.

  • Michael B. Schlegel

    Yes. From the day I installed the update on vxz moto x, my battery life has been cut by several hours. Haven’t found a fix , and i now have to charge by mid day when I used to make it all day.

    • jrbmed08

      This. My battery life declined a lot with kitkat and more with the latest update.

  • john

    INoticed how my phone magically recharged itself but not that bad

  • AeySimp

    My VZW Moto X is getting hit hard… 3-4 hours and its at 40%. Not to mention seriously heating up. I was noticing foursquare was doing a number on my battery life.

  • I have had the battery draining problem with my Nexus 4 ever since it was upgraded to 4.4 KitKat. It gets very hot when the high drain occurs.

    Having had it for many months I am fairly sure that it only occurs when I am travelling by car and presumably switching mobile phone cells. I just get around it now by always plugging the phone into a charger in the car but I would love to see it fixed.

    Incidentally Google Now stopped working (I couldn’t get it to come up) for several months and then unexpectedly started working again which I assume was due to some updated being pushed to the phone.

  • Jeremy Smith

    I did a factory reset as soon as I got the update and my battery is great. Always get at least a day. No extra drain to speak of

    • DJ SPY

      Are you on Verizon? I’m thinking of doing a FDR. If I look under GSAM Battery Monitor Kernel (Android OS) is the leading battery hog by a mile.

      • Jeremy Smith

        I’m on Sprint, but I’ve heard similar reports from their camp too. Either way it can’t hurt. The worst that happens is you spend ten minutes setting things back up. Best case, phone works as it should.
        I should mention, android OS has always seemed higher on this phone, yet I get consistent 24 battery with ~4 hours screen on time. I also have all location turned on.

  • David R

    I’ve also been having issues with connectivity switching from 3g reconnecting to 4g if I drive out into the country on Verizon. Anyone else?

  • Dade Kullen

    Yes I experience everyday it drains so fast I can’t keep it charged all day. I use to go very long periods of time and even on battery saver mode I could receive calls but now it just dies. I have uninstalled almost every app I out on it and it still drains at a rappid rate.

  • Kitzira

    I’ve been having horrible battery drain for the last year, all of it going to the ‘android os’. However I’m on the 2 yr old droid 4 with 4.1.2. I start with 100% at 9am, a few txt through the day, 10hr later, it’s throwing warnings it’s at 10%. I’d love to move to a new phone, but I hate touch screen keyboards. Took me forever to type this on my tablet.

    • Matt K

      I made the move to a Moto X from the Droid 4. I do miss my keyboard as I’m constantly having to correct mistakes now with the on screen keyboard. However, my D4 battery life was horrible, and I have had no issues with my Moto X. You win some, you lose some.

  • Kenne Phimmasonsouk

    Yeah and us on at&t is like what’s the .2? We’re still stuck on 4.4….smdh

  • Jonathan Ly

    I’ve had the same problems since the Soak Test for 4.4.2. Android OS is eating up way more than it should.

  • random ramble

    My RAZR HD started acting strange over the last two days. Running normal 4.1.2 and experiencing random shut offs, restarts and absolute battery drains. Ones my battery drained from 50% to nothing in 20 mins the other I was charging via my computer and still losing battery charge. After restart it seems to act normal with normal battery useage. Random ramble but this might not be just 4.4 related.

  • donkeykong85

    havent noticed the problem. Doesnt mean its not there just that it hasnt been significant enough for me to notice. I have the verizon dev edition, rooted, w/xposed.

  • LatinoRedNeck

    I also noticed the same problem

  • Matt

    Had the problem. After I cleared the partition, went away.

    • Matt

      Verizon, 12 hours 64%

  • Ken Mankowski

    Verizon Moto X. 13h 49m, sitting at 45%

  • Jeremy Wray

    I guess I’m the outcast, I haven’t noticed any loss to battery life. 16 and a half hours currently off charge and I’m at 45%

    Stock unrooted Verizon model

  • danger2u

    4.4.2 european firmware
    battery drains faster that on 4.4

  • Richard Giordano

    Hopefully we 2013 Droid users don’t get the same experience when we get the upgrade to 4.4.2.

  • Tanuj Chokshi

    I have the consumer, non-developer, VZW Moto X and ever since the first OTA update, my battery life has never been what it used to be. Kit Kat has been affecting my battery life but it doesn’t seem to be very different from 4.4 in my case. However, between Kit Kat and Jellybean on my Moto X, the differences in battery drain are enormous. I’ve never been able to achieve 4+ hours of screen-on time after updating to Kit Kat. My Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is on Android 4.2.2 and it’s also experiencing Android OS battery drain.

    Sigh… Come on devs!

  • Trevor

    I’ve only experienced my Moto X on the 4.4.2 software because I got it recently, but it drops about 10% battery in airplane mode while I’m at work for 10-12 hours. That doesn’t seem like a good rate when all the radios are turned off (and I’m not touching the phone). Can’t figure out what’s causing the drain based on Better Battery Stats, so maybe it’s something baked into the software. Absolutely love the phone otherwise, though.

    • slainte

      Very interesting that you say this. I see the same behavior on my LG G2 (stock rooted) 4.2.2 not 4.4 though. Battery life is great, but if I use airplane mode I also see a drop in battery use. Wondering if an app is trying to do updatesremote access and is failing repeatedly, draining battery.

      • Trevor

        I thought maybe it was LightFlow, but battery drained the same with the app disabled. Tomorrow when I go into work, I’m going to put the phone in airplane mode and turn off the data syncing (the power widget shows it’s still enabled regardless of airplane mode). I get pretty good battery life when I’m actually using the phone outside of work, so I’m not too worried, but I’d still like to figure out what’s going on.

  • Carlos Poblano

    I have a Note 2 with the latest cyanogenmod installed (4.4.2) and when I first tried it, Android OS drained a ton of battery.
    I’m still running it, since a massive battery evens it out πŸ™‚

  • W. Paul Schenck

    I haven’t noticed a change since 4.2.2 on my Verizon MotoX. I have an issue with poor signal in my new office and if I don’t connect to my company WiFi, my email app eats up the battery. It seems that the Android OS was always the largest user of battery below the screen. That part did not change with the update.

    I usually get 14 – 20 hours out of the battery depending on whether I use a lot of screen time or just a little screen time.

  • eilegz

    not only on moto x, in nexus 5 the battery drain its high…. the low battery capacity dont help neither

  • Alex Hutchins

    4.4.2 generally has battery issues, but what I have found on my Nexus 7 and Note 3, both Cyanogenmod, was that checking “optimize Wi-Fi when screen is off” in advanced wifi settings fixed the issue. Not a Moto X, but hey, worth try.

  • cjgoudy

    I just got my x a few weeks ago and noticed this after I received the update a few days later. I thought it was just the device, but I switched launchers (to ADW) a couple days ago and have much improved battery life since. Take from that what you will.

  • Bryan

    I actually noticed this on my Verizon Moto X.

    When I would look at the battery stats, I could see a lot of areas where the phone was awake with some GPS usage even though the screen was off.

    I went into WiFi settings and turned off the setting to allow for location scanning using WiFi even when WiFi was off. I did this because I’ll be traveling next week without any WiFi and didn’t want to kill my battery even further with the WiFi radios on full time without a WiFi network to connect to. I also played around with some other location settings, but put them back to where they were.

    I also uninstalled Skype for unrelated reasons. I was tired of always being prompted if I wanted to use Skype or Phone for certain actions even then I felt like I was selecting “Always” at the prompt.

    Anyway, my battery life seems to be back to normal now and when I look at the battery page, there are no more areas showing the phone awake when the screen is off. Not sure what fixed it for me, but it’s good to get some ideas from others on what they did to fix it.

    Edited to add: Android OS was the biggest battery user when my battery was draining.

    • BOB Dudek

      While on 4gLTE, The continual location scanning for WiFi is a waste. Clicked off and see a def. diff.

  • Diablo81588

    I would recommend a factory reset. I did one on mine and haven’t had such amazing battery life since I got the phone. I’m 7.5 hours off the charger and at 83 percent battery. I’m also using the ART compiler instead of dalvik. Way faster and smoother.

  • jimmyf101

    Perfect timing of this article! I was just stuffing an extra charger from work to charge my phone overnight. Since 4.4.2 I can leave work with it fully charged and have it down to <5% by wake up. This morning it was dead and I overslept.

  • Davo

    Glad to see im not the only one. I thought Muzei was wearing it out, but that wasn’t the case.

  • Jeff Mowbray

    I’m not seeing it. Today after removing my phone from charger (10 hours) I’m at 73%

  • hoosiercub88

    Yup my Google Services has eaten up a lot of battery today, just noticed it actually.

    Screen-On was about an hour, down to 21% after 9.5 hours.

  • Pod

    My battery life has been a lot better since the update, Verizon moto x. Not sure why some are having battery issues?

  • Riz Virani

    Yo I thought it was just me..

  • Mike H.


    That may be the answer? Or an entirely new problem. Basically it’s the camera causing it.

    • discstu37

      I think that’s just the stock Nexus camera though. Moto uses it’s own camera apk.

  • Brett Wcislo

    My battery life was great before, I used to be able to get almost 2 days out of the phone with light use!

    Now, I’m lucky to make it through the day. It really sucks. If it would have been like this when I got the phone, it would have been returned.

  • Drew

    MOTO X is the best phone ever. Noway it’s draining battery unusually. It’s a user’s fault.

    • MicroNix

      I’m so glad that Moto got all their users upgraded first πŸ™‚

  • markwilliamsjr

    I’ve been having these issues for quite a bit. My battery life was awesome, even well after the 4.4 update.

    But then it started draining way quicker due to Android OS. However, I was led to believe that 4.4.2 was going to fix that, and I can’t say it has. I truly can’t complain with getting about 15-16 hours, but I was getting as high as 21 before.

    tl;dr I had wonderful battery life even with 4.4, then it started sucking out of nowhere and 4.4.2 didn’t help.

  • DrDroid

    …still better than my GNex battery life

  • Jeff

    I was very disappointed to have a big power drain, especially when 4.4 point to was supposed to be battery boost! on my verizon moto X.

  • Steveo

    Really? Battery problems? Glad I switched back to my LG G2 after getting an X off-contract during that $100 off sale!

  • CrackerJacker

    I noticed an decrease in battery life after the update. Used to be I could go to bed with > 80% battery remaining. Now it’s in the 60% range and sometimes much lower.

  • Geekzilla

    I think it’s related to the ‘mm-qcamera-daemon’ glitch discussed today on AC. I’ve noticed it on my Maxx as well, but the battery is so big it now just lasts 1.25 days. Now that the Moto X people are affected the problem should hopefully will be addressed.

    • TC Infantino

      I noticed it on my Maxx as well. Though I use my phone quite a lot at work, with a good amount of screen on time. But before the 4.4 update, I was able to make it through the entire shift at work and still have about 20% or so when I got home, now I am having to plug the phone in near the end of the shift (8 hours) with the phone at about 10% by about 2 hours before my work day ends. I had only had the phone for a few weeks before the update, so I put it down as the phones battery settling in to how I was using it. Now I see that it is a more common problem with many devices, and not entirely due to my usage. I used to see that commercial with Edward Norton for the MAXX and laughed, thinking that he got 48 hours on the battery because for the majority of the time he was “mostly dead” (Princess Bride quote)

  • Lamar S.

    Yeah im noticing that too I use to leave work on 4.4 would be at about 80-75%(using Wifi at work) now im at 65-60% with the same usage.

    • Lamar S.

      This is what I used to get on 4.4)

  • BodomSlayer

    Android OS seems to be eating up mine as well. It has taken over an extraordinary amount of my battery life. Almost 30%

  • subiedude85

    I wouldn’t know, I’m dead by the time I leave work everyday because of no coverage…

    • Tom Z

      I fixed that by using the WiFi at work. My battery goes a lot longer now.

      • subiedude85

        Working on putting my own personal access point in, it’s been almost 8 weeks without service 13 hours a day…

  • Andrew Livelsberger

    Same here. No different usage, but battery life used to be only down 70% when I left from work. Now it has been consistently 50% since the update. Factory reset did not help.

    • DisGuy

      This is me exactly

  • NCSUgolfer01


    • Ian

      Looks like it has your Caps Lock on as well…bummer

  • belcanto10r

    Just got the update yesterday for my Moto X and my battery drain is nearly twice as fast. I noticed that Chrome Beta was chewing massive battery in the background and uninstalled it. Even fter that my battery life is worse than on my Galaxy SIII! πŸ™

  • Booyabobby

    My battery drain is normal after the update. Getting 23% drain from android os. If I leave my phone alone, i can still get 24 hours.

  • trixnkix637

    I updated via the soak test for Moto/VZW. My Android OS is currently eating 7% of my battery (doesn’t seem like anything to write home about). Chrome Beta on the other hand is burning though 18%. Not sure if that’s normal or not. IMO I haven’t noticed any significant change in battery life, either drain or increase.

  • jamaall

    Anyone else feel like Android phones consume too much battery in low connection areas?

  • jamaall

    This is when Droid owners rejoice! Sometimes its good to be slightly behind, 4.4 works great. My droid maxx rarely ever goes to low battery.

    • trixnkix637

      Kind of hard to compare the MAXX’s battery with a Moto X. Your battery life has nothing to do with the version of Android you’re using. I get your point, but your means to get there are a bit of a stretch.

  • pizzaparties

    Mine seems about the same after the update. Right now I’m at 61% on 7h 37m off the charger. Android OS has taken up 50%. Screen time is 22m. Not bad, but it use to last longer. I use to be able to get more than 24 hours.

  • evltwn

    I haven’t seen any big difference in battery life on my Moto X or my Nexus 7 FHD. My Moto X lasts me through a 12hr work day, before and after 4.4.2.

  • coolsilver

    Moto X isn’t the only one. My Nexus 7 2013 has been just as bad with Android OS as being listed for the reason for the drain not going to sleep.

  • jiggaman508

    I’ve had this problem on my Nexus 5 since I picked it up a couple weeks ago. Hopefully Google will address it soon.

  • crazed_z06

    Sigh.. Android.. Y U DO DIS?

    Been fighting battery gremlins on Android since the Droid X. Kinda stuff makes the iphone look really attractive.

    • Ian

      They have battery issues of their own.

      • Tanuj Chokshi

        True that, I have both the Moto X and an iPhone 5. Even with the 4.4.2 Android OS drain, the Moto X battery life is better than the iPhone 5’s lol

  • stingray_2002

    I’ve noticed it being the “Location Services.” Even though it says “Low battery use,” it is still draining the battery. I turned it off completely and my battery is better.

    • Scott

      When I’ve turned off location reporting the past, I’ve had major “Google Search” battery drain.

  • Tyler

    I have been having issues ever since 4.4. Have yet to do a factory reset.

  • Scott

    I did a factory reset after updating. I also drained it dead and fully charged it with the phone off. The battery seemed to improve a little bit for a day or so, then really went downhill. More so since the last Google Play services were updated (What seems to be a common culprit). Android OS and Google Services is usually awake 1+ hours just at 50% left. Android System is pushing an awake time of 30 minutes. 4.2.2. still gave me the best battery life.

    Touchless Control, Battery Saving Mode in Location Settings, and Active Display are all on.

  • KingSpeedy

    Facebook, Facebook, Facebook.

    It (and many other apps) don’t get properly reported in the battery usage list and just get rolled into the Android OS listing.

    I haven’t had any decrease since bumping to 4.4.2 on my rooted DE X.

  • sr_erick

    I am seeing the exact opposite, battery life has definitely improved for me since the update.

  • Ed Chan

    I did some tests and found out that if I have WiFi turned on (which I do majority of the time), it will list Android OS as either the first or second thing listed under battery. If I only use 4G, it barely shows up. This is on my DE Verizon version running Android 4.4 or 4.4.2. With that being said, I still get around 4 hours of screen use (heavy gaming or internet stuff) and the battery lasts all day.

    • Sean Kirkpatrick

      Thats how it was when I was connected to my Colleges wifi on 4.4. Thought it was something with their wifi.

    • Wolfpack93

      What do you have for settings in Wifi > Advanced (via the menu in WiFi section)?

      • Ed Chan

        Keep Wi-Fi on during sleep is set to always – Wi-Fi optimization checked, everything else is unchecked.

  • Levi Wilcox

    I’m actually seeing increased battery life on 4.4.2. I used to always get the 14% warning but now I normally have 20%+ at the end of the day. Oh and the battery saver is off.

  • Sean Kirkpatrick

    So this was my experience today. Just for some background, I have the Verizon Moto X. I am currently studying abroad in London using 3’s network while im here. I do not have the best service all the time, with no service in the tube. I received the 4.4.2 through the soak and after receiving it saw that my battery life wasn’t up to par. Factory reset, and now I am getting much better battery life. I have disabled a lot of stuff such as drive, google play newstand, books, movies, etc. Lots of bloat disabled and have location active, active notifications, always listening on, etc. After the reset before installing any other apps I switched to ART and since then have had no problems. Phone seems to run fast a last a long time. Usually get about 3-4 hours of on screen time and I bet it will be even better once im back in the states on Verizons network where i usually get good service almost everywhere. I dont have moto assist on either, its still enabled, i just have never used it/said yes i want to use it when you first enter the app.

  • E_manificent

    Case and point…

  • E_manificent

    I too have had unusual battery drain since updating to 4.4.2 , and my moto x has been running hotter than before.

  • gambit07

    My biggest problem has been google play services. I’m on a DNA but maybe others are having this issue across the board?

    • duke69111

      Same here on the Lg G2. In a 20 hour period it used 27% of my battery and kept it awake 4+hours

    • George264

      Unrelated but what are you using to get the circle battery on the right?

      • gambit07

        That is actually a part of cyanogen and cyanogen based roms, almost any other custom rom you run these days will have that option in settings as well though. This rom specifically is cyanfox, pretty light weight and runs well. Just wish I could get rid of this services drain!

  • Malcolm James II

    Its been the opposite for me. Could barely get 12-15 hours before the update but now I’m getting 24+ hours on medium usage pretty easy.

  • jparker78

    Not sure it’s any worse but battery definitely not as good as it was when I first got the phone. Bought mine on date of release.

  • Beavis

    No problems. I average about 3 hours screen time and 18 hours usage, and I’m about at 10% at the time. Fine numbers by my standard.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I don’t have this problem as I’m on a GNex, but I’ve seen one of the Google developers state there is a known issue with third party apps in 4.4 that access the camera (Skype being the biggest), which cause a huge battery drain. His “solution” was to restart the phone/tablet when you first notice the drain start to happen, or un-install the third party apps till a maintenance fix can be released.

  • JR

    I have had the compete opposite experience since the update update. My battery life has been outstanding. Run a Dev Series Moto X.

  • David Swanson

    I have seen this as well. Ironic because the reason I was looking forward to 4.4.2 was primarily about battery life. Please keep us posted if you hear any potential fix.

  • Radgatt

    Yeah I have noticed some battery drain as well. I hope there is a fix on the way. With it being a Moto X phone at least I feel it will get updated. Even with me being on Verizon.

  • InyRules

    I’ve never been able to get the stellar battery life some users reported on the X before 4.4.2. If I can stretch the battery to 16 hours, that is because screen time is less than 2 hours. If I use 2 hours of screen time, I’m at around 12-13 hours max. Since 4.4.2, my battery seems about the same, except one morning my Android OS was around 60% and went down slowly after a report throughout the day.

    • John R

      Do a factory reset the android os is taking up WAY to much battery, the same thing happened to me and now I average 19 hours with 3 hours screen time

  • Droid Ronin

    I’ve been having the Android OS drain issue as well.

  • Vincent Nierste

    I’ve actually seen a significant battery life boost since the update to 4.4.2. Android OS has gone from eating 60% of my battery (on 4.4) to more like 40%, and I’m making it from 7am-5pm with about 45% battery left, where it was down to 20% or lower before.

  • doczenith1

    My VZW Moto X is also discharging faster after 4.4.2. I am noticing a higher than normal Android OS than pre 4.4.2 with similar sot. I am also noticing that phone is awake for many short spurts of time vs pre 4.4.2 when it would sleep for long durations. For the attached screenshot my sot is 1h 9m. I also have most everything turned, high location accuracy, Google Now enabled, GNL launcher and have been on wifi for 100% of the discharge time. Now to throw a wrench in things. I recorded some battery stats on two occasions 2 & 3 days after the update and battery life seemed ok so I don’t know what has changed.

  • ~jb

    VZW DE X Unlocked, TWRP & Xposed here, no battery drain what so ever. Just checked and I am at 13% “Android OS” after 7 hours.

    • Al-Burrit0

      What’s the percentage on your battery life right now?

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    You guys are just having this problem? I had this since the first update to the Moto X back in September.

  • Brian Wolfman
  • Mykel

    Kellex…you’re only noticing this now with 4.4.2? This has been a major problem for a lot of Moto X owners ever since the first update came out last fall. My battery life was cut by at least 30 to 40 percent at that time and I’ve been living with it that way every since. There were lengthy threads on both Motorola’s Owner’s forum and Android Central with thousands of posts from folks with the exact same problem from the ORIGINAL update (here’s just one that was started last November: https://forums.motorola.com/posts/6675cef7e3?page=1). Moto was also aware of it. I made numerous calls to Motorola and while most of the techs indicated they hadn’t heard of the issue, I had more than one confess that they were getting a ton of calls over the issue. Again, this was last fall with the first update. The fact that the change log for 4.4.2 mentions battery life indicates to me that it was supposed to address the battery drain issues introduced by the first Kit Kat update.. In my case, 4.4.2 seems to have helped some but battery life is still no where near what it was prior to Kit Kat. Quite disappointing.

  • mh0520

    I suspect the issue with chrome beta is due to the experimental Chromecast support. If you have this problem and have that enabled, try turning it off. It might at least help with the drain due to chrome beta.

    I’m not seeing huge android os drain. It’s not great but not as bad as some are seeing.

  • Jeff C

    GSM Dev Edition here, still on 4.4. I’m rooted and have a custom recovery installed…so I haven’t bothered flashing back to stock recovery so I can take the update. I have been noticing some battery life degradation as well, particularly since the Assist and Active Display updates. The phone is staying awake constantly now.

  • Marcus

    I have a theory without a lot of substantial evidence but it was mentioned before. The GPS feature never really seems to turn off now which may cause the battery drain. Once I updated it seemed like when I turned off GPS it still shows half the symbol being lit up.

  • Chris M

    My battery life has gotten noticeably better since the udpate. No issues here.


    Isn’t this the same ‘wlan_wake’ bug from Android 4.3?
    settings>wifi>advanced>Keep wifi on durning sleep = ‘NEVER’

    • grumpyfuzz

      Trust me, there is a lot more involved in the wlan_wake bug. It took me weeks to figure it out.

      • ATTACK

        Works for me.

        • grumpyfuzz

          I should have reworded that. I have also heard users that figured it out with one simple thing, like what you said, yet there is others like me that had to mess with settings on all of my windows computers and even the router settings just to fix it.

  • John Davids

    Chrome Beta is destroying my battery life too.

  • me

    Off topic but just Outta curiosity anyone else pick up an HTC battery power bar for $25 from daily steals a couple of weeks ago ? DL had the deal here. Anyway mine didn’t work worth a damn

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  • Steve

    Finally happy to see this topic here. It happens on my Nexus 5 randomly. One day the battery will be totally fine. The next, the Android OS causes it to drain like crazy consuming like 75% of my battery drainage.

    I always go to sleep with the battery at 100% and a reboot. By morning the battery is either at 97% or approx 70%. The 70% is mostly caused by the Android OS. Something is definitely going on with 4.4.2.

  • bobbyp

    Mine has been sitting in a drawer for 1d 5h 53s not charging wifi has been the biggest drain followed by the Android OS. I am sitting at 45% battery still. That doesn’t seem too bad for standby only.

  • gokusimpson

    I have the Verizon moto x and haven’t had any issues. Battery life actually seems to have gotten a little better after the update. I turned off bluetooth, wifi, gps. I’m on lte and am using the battery saver location setting. I’m currently 6 hours off (1 hour screen time with gps on) and at 80% battery. Could it be an issue with the stock launcher? I’m using Nova launcher with active notifications on, nfc on, camera twist thingy on, touchless control on.

    • crussell

      I have similar setting as well as using Nova launcher yet I’m at 3h 22m 75% with 12m screen time…. in other words it doesn’t seem to be the launcher

    • gokusimpson

      Also, I only charge it at night after about 16 to 17 hours off the charger. It usually has about 20% left (give or take) after ~3 hours of screen on time using lte all day.

  • I ditched my GNex a few weeks ago. I was sick of walking around with a pocket full of extra batteries. Moto X seems bulletproof to me. I plug it in at night just because it’s bedtime. I have no doubt it will go 24 hours. Even after the update. Mine is completely stock. The only time I even taxed the battery a little was after tethering for a whole evening of Netflix.

  • Russ

    I haven’t had a huge difference, but enough to make me notice that the battery seemed to drain a little faster, and yes I’m seeing “Android OS” with a huge chunk on my usage list. Moto X on Verizon.

  • Tj Neuman

    Factory reset fixed this issue for me post-upgrade.

    • Jordan Webb

      I did a factory reset first thing on upgrade (I was coming from stock 4.4, though), and I also haven’t had this issue.

  • Chris VanAnden

    I haven’t had a problem…

    • Chris VanAnden

      Granted, I’ve also been able to be on wifi quite a bit.

    • DD

      Ideally Android OS usage should be at least 10% below the screen usage…so I’m afraid you have it too.

      • Chris VanAnden

        If that’s the case and I can still hit 15h…I’ll take it. My screen is on pretty frequently though.

      • Beavis

        Where’d this ambiguous analysis come from?

        • DD

          A longtime Android user.

          • Beavis

            Nothing behind it.

          • α•™(⇀‸↼•)α•—

            Android OS should never be at the top. You must be new to Android, but of course I await your rebuttal.

  • EliteX

    Android Os is low for me

    • EliteX

      but the screen is a killer for me

      • grumpyfuzz

        That’s normal haha

  • MH

    Sounds like the google now bug has finally struck. Disable google now, and watch the drain go away.

  • JohnBergman

    I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing this, but I have had significantly lower battery life since the kitkat update on my HTC One. πŸ™

    • David

      When you upgrade, the nfc turns on automatically on the HTC One. Try turn it off if this is the case.

      • JohnBergman

        Thanks for letting me know! Actually, NFC was turned off. I did end up removing the Google Experience Launcher and that actually helped with battery life a lot. GEL wasn’t killing my battery in 4.3, but it started to in 4.4 for some reason. Ah well, I’m just glad I have my battery life back. Hope this helps someone else who was in this same situation.

  • kaufkin

    I’m seeing it too, (Verizon MotoXDE – unrooted (yeah, I know)) but I’m also noticing the GPS seems to be spontaneously turning on w/ no rhyme or reason. going to turn off GPS during the day tomorrow and see if that helps….

  • grumpyfuzz

    My battery was unusable on the Moto X when I had it. After updating to 4.4.2 I had android os jump to 75% once I put it down for like an hour. I kept using it, but that barely lowered the android os usage, maybe to like 70%. It literally was draining 1% every 4-5 minutes.

  • crussell

    I’m glad to see it’s not just me. After the post about the extended battery and how everyone and their brother didn’t see a need for it, I started to question my sanity. I have to charge my phone several times a day with moderate usage. I had the 4.4.2 pretty early on as I have T-mo unlocked. I started to have g-nex flashbacks (not really as bad but still pretty bad).

  • Scott

    My unlocked Moto X appears to be fine.

    • Wolfpack93

      Same here. The VZW DE (stock-rooted) has fantastic battery life on 4.4.2. But I also have a Nexus 7 (2012) that is running 4.4.2 and it gets horrible battery life. I’m actually planning to switch back to a custom ROM just to get “normal” battery life again.

    • Michael Quinlan

      Same here (Developer Edition). Not all 4.4.2 are created equal. Knowing the exact models having this issue may reveal something.

  • I did the VZW soak test, and battery performance feels unchanged to me. Today, 8 hours after unplugging from the charger, I’m at 73%. Even last week in DC, where I normally have the worst problems w/3G/4G and dead spots, I saw no appreciable difference in my battery life. I am running ART.

    • Josh M.

      Do you feel that you get better battery from ART as opposed to Davlik?

      • JBartcaps

        Where in DC? I get great 4G coverage all over

      • I can’t really tell a difference. Maybe? I’m very satisfied w/the battery on my X (esp. having had a Galaxy Nexus prior to that, and the device performance overall runs rings around the Bionic I had).

        App performance seems improved, esp launching apps. I’ve had a few apps that misbehaved under ART (esp. Facebook). but they seem to be fixing those problems as they become aware of them.

    • Ya know….my update came from the soak test as well and i posted some pics in a comment earlier. However i’m runnign Dalvik

    • JBartcaps

      Where in DC? I get good 4G coverage

      • I should have qualified that – DC area. Almost anywhere between Union Station and BWI on the Penn Line (Amtrak). Especially, Seabrook, Bowie, Odenton. Absolutely abysmal. Been complaining about for years and Big Red won’t listen. They need to put some techs on a train and send them to Philly and experience all the dead spots (you hit a lot more north of Baltimore, too).

        Also the Fed building I work in normally doesn’t get a good signal, but VZW must have amped up the towers or something, b/c I had no problems in my cube this time.

        • Scott

          There are major Verizon holes in Baltimore too, Rosedale area, Baltimore Street in Downtown, and several spots of I-83 in the city. My phone literally drops to 3G or nothing.

  • Gaurav K

    Damn. Not what I wanted to hear after ordering my Moto X from Best Buy this past weekend.

    • jimt

      You can return it and get a N5 or G2

  • Daniel

    I’m not sure it’s so easy to know who to blame here until someone finds the actual cause of the drain. I don’t have a Moto X, but I have been running CM11 (which is Android 4.4.2) since December and have only seen less drain on my battery since upgrading. Kit Kat is the best thing that’s ever happened to my phone and battery, so if they do address this rom’s drain, you should all see a huge increase in battery life hopefully.

  • brkshr

    I think it’s on Google’s server side. My N5 is showing out of the ordinary battery use.

  • Joshua Seeley

    Im having the same issues as well….noticing lots of battery drain after the update, and I am seeing chrome beta taking a lot as well. Not entirely sure why, but its kinda frustrating. Im on V moto X, and mostly on wifi.

  • james t

    same here…androidOS is hungry

  • Ethan

    Moto X on VZW, battery has been draining ~25% more than before 4.4.2, over the course of the same time period.

  • Chewy789


  • hyperbeatser

    I’ve got a verizon moto x, and on wifi most of the time(if that matters). I’m not seeing any out of the ordinary battery drain since updating to 4.4.2. So far today on light use i’m at 83% after 7h30m

  • JBartcaps

    Android OS has been a top contributor of battery usage on my Moto X long before 4.4.2 but it has never actually affected my battery drain. It sis still second to Screen but I’m 10 hours into the day and am sitting at 70%

  • Sean Walton

    I have been noticing big battery drain as well. Moto X running 4.4.2 on Rogers.

  • SnkBitten

    Having same or better battery after the update. No issues, everything working great.
    79% after 9h 18m, Screen using 39%, Android OS using 20%. Battery Saver NOT on.

  • iNomNomAwesome

    Mine does seem worse since the update.

  • michael steinmetz

    now verizon is gonna be like see shoulda tested more now updates will be slower than ever

  • The Narrator

    Just looking at my G2 on an unspecified carrier hoping it doesn’t happen to me.

  • Fozzybare

    i am not having battery issues…but i am having an issue where active display will not show me my notifications. i just get the time and the unlock symbol. i have to turn AD off and then on again to get it to work every couple of hours.

    • EliteX

      ^^^ try a factory reset

      • Fozzybare

        i shouldnt have to factory reset to fix an issue. i get that it does fix issues but that is a lot of work to fix a little annoyance that is probably caused by the combo of the new AD update and 4.4.2. my friend is running into the same issue.

        • droidify

          Can you wipe data and cache within settings/apps for the active display app? I don’t have a moto x but that can sometimes fix issues caused by app updates.

  • Robert Goddard

    I had the same issue on my Nexus 5… even though it’s showing up as Android OS, it’s most likely the GPS trying to acquire location. Once I switched to Battery Saving Mode, all this went away.

  • Kristopher


  • steveliv

    Still getting good battery life after update. 86%, 8h1m58s, Screen – 30%, AndroidOS – 28%.

  • Jim

    4.4.2 update is definitely draining my batter faster than before. Upwards of 11-12% an hour when it was never over 7%/hr on 4.4. Also, the update killed all Active Display notifications…had to disable and go back to the original version of Active Display in order to get it working correctly again.

    • Jim

      On Verizon. Screen seems to be draining faster (always have it on auto). 50+% now, Android OS 19-21%, Android System 7+%


    Not for me, but I did a factory format immediately prior to taking the update.

  • arthuruscg

    Must be the NSA listening bug that was part of the 4.4.2 update.

  • Lenovo service is eating the battery.

  • Josh M.

    Those of you seeing the Android OS at the top… What percentage are you seeing? Right now I’m at 66% after 7h 30m. Android OS is taking 56%… Screen is next at 17% (50m of use) Unfortunately, GSAM isn’t telling me much other than Kernel usage is my top app drain.

    • ToddAwesome

      Android OS at 59% after 8h46m, battery is at 75%. Wi-Fi is second at 9% then Screen at 6% (only 18m of screen use today, barely looked at it)

  • Allen George

    I’m pretty sure this is related to data sync in Chrome. My wife’s phone was seeing this, and we turned off her Chrome sync and the problem went away.

  • First couple days after updateing to 4.4.2 on my Verizon Moto X I noticed a decrease in battery life. Now I seem to be getting about the same as I was before but do still see Android OS as one of the top battery eaters.

  • Tom Yarrish

    It’s not just the X, I have the same issues with my Maxx. Ever since the 4.4 update the battery life went downhill.

    • jamaall

      Mine has been fine. Not sure what it could be, but I seem to see these headlines with most android updates.

    • It’s not even just Motorola, something with Android in general that causes phones from time to time to drain the battery quickly. It’s always caused by “Android OS”

    • Pakmann2k

      Droid Ultra as well. Thought it was me.

  • Snowbo13

    my moto x us cellular got the 4.4.2 update what seems like a month ago. I thought right way the battery was less and the last 10% drain extremely fast. What I read is that android os (in the battery area) now has more stuff lumped into it. Really I dont know. Also the fast draining 10% they said was battery needing to be reset by draining the battery all the way.
    Both things still cause problems but my battery life is still not that bad.

  • Josh Kruse

    Minez Gottin Wurser

    • Holaz Peoplez

      Minez Haz Two

  • Honestly i’m not getting any weird drain on mine. 8 hours at 78% right now. Screen 31%, Android OS 21% and a few others in there below that.

    For reference, Battery Saver switch is On, Location is On, 5 email accounts, brightness at 50%.

    Edit: added picture for reference.

    • Robert Goddard

      Battery Saver Switch for location is on, correct? That’s what fixed the same issue on my N5…

      • From what i understand, it doesn’t engage until your battery drops though.


        edit: i’m a tard. you meant this?


        • Robert Goddard

          Oh that must be a Moto software issue… what I’m referring to is under the Location tab under settings. Where you choose GPS only, WiFi/Wireless networks only or High Accuracy. My N5 had the same battery drain issues with High Accuracy and when I switched to Battery Saver Mode (WiFi/Wireles only) all problems went away. The fact that I cannot get a GPS signal at work may be the reason. 4.4.2 seems to try to acquire your location more often than 4.4 did.

        • Robert Goddard

          Yes that’s the one

      • Drooblz

        You can turn battery saving mode on for Location, but then Moto Assist complains about not having full GPS powers (Which could just be a trade off)

    • Raven65

      Same here… haven’t noticed anything out of the ordinary with mine. and I’m seeing roughly the same results as you – if slightly better… sitting at 77% right now after 9 hours on battery… Screen 30%, Android OS 17%… and on down from there. However, my Battery Saver setting is OFF. Location is On… but only one email account, brightness set to Auto. Lots of Facebook notifications today though because of a popular post I commented on. I’ve also been leaving Bluetooth on all the time since this past weekend too – because I installed a new car stereo head unit with Bluetooth.

      Mine is a VZW Moto X Developer Edition – Rooted, BTW.

      • Josh M.

        These are the cases that confuse me. What is using so much battery as Android OS for some users, but not others?

  • CB

    Definitely noticed a drop in my battery life sice the update.

  • Josh M.

    I have been seeing the excessive Android OS idle drain since getting my VZW Moto X. It has been occurring on both 4.4 and now 4.4.2. It seems that it’s hit and miss for who experiences this. I am still seeing around 15 hours of battery life with 3 hours screen time. Good, but not as good as others I’ve seen.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Yea I’ve got it with 4.4 update. Its up and down for me. Sometimes I get good battery life and sometimes its bad. Yesterday was pretty good got has much as you 15 hours with a little over 3hrs of on screen. With 4.2.2 I had great battery life use to hit 18 hours regularly and my battery would reach the red only like twice a month but now its everyday.

    • nabooska

      Same situation here. If anything the 4.4.2 update has increased battery life, but ever since 4.4 Android OS has been a top battery drainer

    • njbuzz

      My wife’s from day 1 has been bad as well. She will go 15 hours but with only like 20-30 minutes of screen. I’ve tried everything except that reboot after pulling off charger. I’ll have her do that tomorrow.

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  • Graham Wilson

    Definitely seeing battery drain by “Android OS” and have never had this problem before!

  • Mario Williams

    This has been a problem with the S3 (and I’m sure other phones) since 4.2 I believe. It’s unbelievably irritating to go from 18 hours of battery life to 7 (on a good day).

  • alexd27

    Good thing I keep a charger at work, in the truck and numerous at home. Reminds me of when I had my old phone.

  • Scott Kart

    Definitely having an issue after the 4.4.2 update…performed a factory reset…hasn’t helped

  • Jack3D

    The only weird battery issue I’ve seen is that when running IP Cam Viewer in the background (as a baby monitor), my battery will drop from 14% to 3% in a matter of minutes, but the overall battery life isn’t that bad.

    Can’t say it’s worse except for that issue…

    • Gr8Ray

      I’ve read several reports on Reddit where it would drop from 15% to 1% and stay there for hours. So it seems the problem may not actually be with excessive battery drain, but just the way it’s being calculated/reported.

  • rutgersjaffo

    Not surprising. The last Big Red update to my Note 2 turned it into a battery destroying machine. I pretty much have to keep it plugged in all the time or I wouldn’t even make it through a full work day. Sucks.

  • hkklife

    Google simply MUST address these retardedly random battery drain issues! Its getting very annoying in 2014 to have to run around looking for a charger after watching your battery drop 1% every few minutes.

    I have been experiencing random battery drain relating to an OS update ever since the days of the Droid X. Samsung usually is the worst culprit but its inexcusable for Nexus or near-stock Moto X devices to be experiencing this.

    Anyone who wants to know why I am so consistently down on Google’s “other” projects like Glass, Aria, Chrome OS, Nest, barges etc needs look no further. Google loses focus too easily and should branch out to novelty items only when Android has been made the most bulletproof, rock solid, iOS-beating mobile platform around that’s full of features AND stability AND some kind of guaranteed update process.

  • Drooblz

    Haven’t been using my phone much today, but looks like I’m having it.

    • BigTimmay

      Listen to your voicemail.

      • Drooblz

        It’s from Microsoft.

    • coolsilver

      Exactly the same thing I am seeing. I bet the Awake time is just about as much as time the phone has been off the battery.

    • spearman792

      That doesn’t happen to be the Jackson Hole app notification, does it?

    • sodapopjam

      This is what I was experiencing on mine. Ended the process and it went back to normal on the next reboot.

    • 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 still have the same problem.

  • TooBigToFit

    It’s pretty horrendous for me now. ~33% drain in 3 hours of light to no use.

  • wills96

    Sounds like they’re about to come out with a new model with a bigger battery and want to push some phones…

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Glad it’s not just me. I was worried my battery was wearing out.

    • Ben F.

      Same – I couldn’t figure out what I was running that was causing the battery to die so fast.

    • Do She

      I’m experiencing the same thing, though honestly they don’t seem to be worse now than before 4.4.2. While I’m at work, my phone has good reception and I use it very little, but it drains at ~5-7% per hour. I’ve been having to charge it before bedtime lately, and my candy crushing addiction has long subsided!

    • Albert

      Well it still is wearing out. The faster drain puts a bigger strain on the battery….

      • Nathan Borup

        Well so does consistently charging your battery to 100%

    • George264

      And 4.4.2 has made my Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Moto X drain like crazy. I left my X in my bag for 3 hours and when I went back(with Wifi off and phone in a pocket in my bag so Active Display doesn’t come on, my battery was at 78%, I went to check my battery and Android OS and Phone Idle was killing the battery.

      • michael arazan

        My nexus 7 (2012) sitting on my bed for three hours at charged, come back and it was on 77%, now I make sure to keep it plugged in while away, only a year and 3 months old

        • George264

          My N7 2013 was from launch day and Moto X from December. It shouldn’t be from the battery deteriorating. The Nexus 4 is from September.

      • InyRules

        My Nexus 7 2013 also seems like it’s draining faster than it use to.

    • 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.

  • AM

    Interested to know if those experiencing battery issues are running ART or Davlik.

    • alexd27

      Not running either of those and having power draining issues

      • Nathan Borup

        you have to be running one of them…

        • Allen George


        • EC8CH

          I’m running both /s

        • Raven

          Technically, it is spelt Dalvik, so he is correct to say that he is not running either of those if he was trying to be a smart ass.

          • Nathan Borup

            lol… true. Didn’t catch that

          • Jeralmac

            I’m sorry, can’t help myself – spelt???

          • Raven

            I spelt spelled wrong for effect.

        • Albert

          Unless he is running IOS…….

        • Kevin

          He’s a wizard.

      • SnkBitten

        You have to be running one of them, Davlik is the default.

      • BigTimmay
    • Josh M.

      I’ve heard some people mention that switching runtimes fixes the issue, but I haven’t tried yet.

      • Nathan Borup

        I’m going to try it right now… i’ll let you guys know what happens

      • Nathan Borup

        So I switched to ART yesterday after noticing a battery drain. It seems to have fixed the issue. My Android OS was taking 27% yesterday, now it is down to 18%

    • coolsilver

      Davlik for me on N7

    • William Burns

      Well I’m having them and using Dalvik. Let’s see if you are onto something.

    • Justin Normand

      I tried it on both and there doesn’t seem to be a difference

  • Hmmmm. Blame Verizon for everything.