How to fix poor battery life on Android Lollipop and Marshmallow

Android update battery problems: How to fix poor battery life following Android 5.0 Lollipop update
Android update battery problems: How to fix poor battery life following Android 5.0 Lollipop update

No longer exclusive to the Google Nexus line-up, Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow is available to a variety of devices. Unfortunately, many owners of those devices are now seeing issues with poor battery life. Here are some steps you can take to fix the problem. Also see: When will my phone get Android Lollipop? | How to get new Android N now & how to downgrade Android N).

Android update battery problems: How to fix poor battery life following Android 5.0 Lollipop update

Updated 23 June 2016 with general updates.

Poor battery life since Android update: Should I install Android Lollipop or Marshmallow?

Before we begin we should point out that not everyone running Android Lollipop or Marshmallow is dealing with battery drain – some are really quite happy with the new OS, particularly those with devices that run stock Android out of the box. (Some are also dealing with Wi-Fi problems but, honestly, there are a lot of happy Android users out there.)

You should also know that every new operating system comes with a few bugs that are gradually ironed out through updates as they become apparent. There is nothing inherently ‘wrong’ with any Android version.

If an Android update is available for your device then it’s up to you whether you should install it. No-one is holding a gun to your head. If you go ahead there are many perks, as you’ll learn from our Android Lollipop review and Android 6.0 Marshmallow review, but you should be aware that there may also be a few bugs at first.

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