In this guide, we will show you various methods to fix the Spotify battery drain issue on your Pixel device running the latest Android 14. This music streaming service has long been the go-to choice for the masses. However, that might soon change if it doesn’t end up enhancing and improving its app as well as ironing out underlying bugs. In this regard, while its crashing issue is yet to be addressed, a new bug has already managed to creep in.
Numerous users have now voiced their concern that Spotify is leading to significant battery drain on their Pixel devices running Android 14. In some cases, users have reported an astronomical 38% battery drain with just over 4 minutes of SOT and less than five hours of background activity. Likewise, the device also tends to get significantly hotter while the app is running. If you are also facing this issue, then this guide will make you aware of numerous workarounds to rectify this bug. Follow along.
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Fix Spotify Battery Drain on Pixel Android 14
It is recommended that you try out each of the below-mentioned workarounds and then see which one spells out success. So with that in mind, let’s get started.
FIX 1: Disable Background Usage
Your first course of action should be to prevent the app from carrying out its activities in the backend. While this will go a great length in preventing execesvie battery drain but on the flip side, some of the app’s functionality might not fiction along the expected lines [especially the sync feature]. So if that’s well and good, then let’s get started with the steps:
- First off, head over to Settings > Apps > See All Apps.
- Then select Spotify and go to its App Battery Usage.
- Now disable the toggle next to Allow Background Usage.
- Check if it fixes Spotify Battery Drain on Pixel Android 14.
FIX 2: Disable Spotify Connect
The Spotify Connect feature allows you to control other smart devices directly from within the app itself. However, it goes without saying that it tends to consume additional battery juice. So you could either stop it from carrying out its functionality in the backend or take a more aggressive route and disable the feature altogether. Here’s how it could be done:
- Launch Spotify and tap on the hamburger menu at the top left.
- Then select Settings, go to Devices, and select Connect to a device.
- Now disable the connection which it has established with a device.
- Or, disable the toggle next to Spotify Connect in Background.
- This will keep the feature running but only when the app is in the foreground.
- Check if any of these two tweaks fix Spotify Battery Drain on Pixel Android 14.
FIX 3: Downgrade Spotify
One plausible culprit behind this issue could be a buggy update being rolled out by Spotify. In such cases, your best bet is to downgrade the app to its earlier version. Here’s how it could be done:
- Go to Settings > Apps > See All Apps and select Spotify from the list.
- Now scroll to the end and tap on App Details. You will now be taken to that app’s Play Store page.
- So tap on the overflow icon situated at the top right and uncheck Enable Auto-updates.
- Once that is done, go back to Apps > See All Apps and select Spotify from the list.
- Now tap on Uninstall followed by OK in the confirmation dialog box.
- Then head over to a trusted third-party site and download an older version of Spotify.
- Now just install that APK file (enable Installation from Unknown Sources, if asked). That’s it.
FIX 4: Use Spotify Beta
Now this fix could take two routes- if you are currently facing this issue on the beta build of Spotify, then consider leaving it and going back to the stable build [beta builds are testing and hence more prone to bugs and issues]. On the other hand, if you are facing this issue on the stable build itself then you may consider switching over to the beta builds [while these beta builds might be more prone to bugs, but these issues are ironed out way faster than their stable counterparts]. Both of these tweaks [leaving and joining the beta] could be carried out from the Spotify Beta Play Store page.
That’s it. These were the various methods to fix the Spotify battery drain issue on your Pixel device running the latest Android 14. As far as the official stance on this matter is concerned, the developers are yet to acknowledge this issue, let alone give out any ETA for the rollout of a fix. As and when any of these two things happen, we will update this guide accordingly. In the meantime, the aforementioned workarounds are your best bet.