Google Play Services Causing a Massive Battery Drain for CyanogenMod – SOLUTION!

So, last night Google Play Services crashed on my OnePlus One. Not sure what it had affected, I rebooted the phone. All seemed well. Now, after only being on battery for just over a day, I found it nearly drained of power – the cause was Google Play Services.

Some Googling found the answer and it affects anyone with the 11S version of CyanogenMod (once you update to 12, all will be fine).

A recent update to Google Play Services (version 7) appears to be the cause and you can use CM’s built-in Privacy Guard as a temporary solution.

  • Head to Settings -> Privacy -> Privacy Guard
  • Press the 3 vertical dots in the top right hand corner and ensure “Show built-in apps” is ticked.
  • Scroll down and find “Google Play Services”. Hold it down for a moment and a screen will pop-up with all the permissions.
  • Change “Wake up” and “Keep awake” to denied.
  • Exit back to the previous screen and to the right of “Google Play Services” there is a padlock within a shield – ensure this is highlighted (if not, click on it), as it means that Privacy Guard is now switched on for this application.

What you’ve now done is over-ridden the default permissions for this app, preventing it from waking up – the current cause of the drain.


Posted by David Artiss

Enterprise Happiness Engineer for the WordPress VIP team at Automattic. Gamer, film lover and general fan of all things Marvel, Star Trek and Star Wars. Failed comedian. Writer for The Big Tech Question. World's Greatest Grandma.

6 Replies to “Google Play Services Causing a Massive Battery Drain for CyanogenMod – SOLUTION!”

  1. Hi, your solution is working fine, but I am getting following error sometimes: Google play services stopped working. It’s caused by disabling wake/awake permissions.
    Do you have any idea how to solve this?


    1. Are you on Kitkat or Lollipop?


  2. I see The same problem as Mika and I’m on KitKat.


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