Inside Marshmallow: What is Doze, how do I use it and what does it do?
Android Marshmallow has changes deep in the operating system that can allow your phone (or tablet) to get better battery life. We see this mentioned with every operating system update from every company that makes smart devices, but this time they mean it.
Enter Doze. If the name reminds you of a pleasant nap while nothing pressing is going on, you've figured out what it is. It's a set of changes and rules that will put your phone to sleep when it's idle, which means you're not using as much of that precious juice from your battery. It sounds simple (and it is) but there are a few things to know.
You won't have to do anything to use the new Doze feature. There are no switches or settings you need to toggle, and once you've updated to Marshmallow it just works. That is, when it's supposed to work.
And that's the thing. You won't see any benefit from Doze while your phone is in your pocket and you're working or at school. Things need to be idle, and that means really idle.
For Doze to kick in, your phone needs to be sitting still with the screen off, and not connected to a charger. That means no moving around and nudging the gyro or other motion sensors, no touching the screen or the buttons and no waving your hand around in front of it if you're using a phone like the new phones from Motorola that have motion detection on the front bezel. Set it down, and leave it alone.
After a while, everything goes to sleep. Well, almost everything. You'll still get notified when "high-priority" apps need your attention. That means things like phone calls or SMS messages can get through (and thus waking up your dozing phone) as well as any app that declares itself as high-priority. Other things, like email notifications or Clash of Clans telling you your gold mine has leveled up aren't going to come in and wake your phone up.
And yes, this sounds like there is potential for abuse by developers who want to declare their app as high-priority. But Google has thought of this, and has a pretty good way to curtail any devious developers — high-priority notifications that aren't part of your carrier network (calls and texts) have to come through a Google Cloud Messaging server. When they find someone abusing the system, and subsequently keeping your phone from dozing as intended, they can take action. We assume this means those notifications can no longer come through as high-prioity, but we also hope there is tar and feathers involved.
This doesn't mean you never get any notifications while your phone is idle. Google uses what they call an "Idle maintenance window" where they pick up any notifications that may be available in one big batch. Then your phone can quickly go back to sleep. This means Doze isn't really a substitute for any Do-Not-Disturb settings.
So does all this dozing make a difference? It looks like it does. Most people are reporting much better standby battery life — Doze doesn't help while you're using your phone — and it looks like things are working just like Google described. Of course, people using their phones on a network with a poor connection are still seeing battery drain while idle, because Doze doesn't stop your phone from searching for a better signal to latch onto. I can fiddle with Project Fi dialer codes and force either Sprint or T-Mobile as the carrier, and see better battery life from whichever works better where I'm at. A very poor signal will still kill your battery. But Doze is a great idea that was implemented well, and will be a great addition to Android for most of us.
Of course, the idea of your phone not using power while you're not using your phone or by putting features to sleep while idle isn't new. We've seen apps try to do the same thing with limited degrees of success. Adding it as a default method directly into the operating system takes away much of the guesswork and should provide a great experience for most of us.
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Did you have the m8 when we were on KitKat also?
I switch to wifi at work (no cell coverage there) or home, but use mobile data on with HD calling enabled, location services on battery save unless I'm using Maps, and auto brightness with the slider mostly to the right (I like it bright but not blinding). We actually have two M8's, as my wife fell in love with the M8 and ditched her iPhone (she never had anything else until now). Both phones were on Kit Kat and I upgraded mine to Lollipop, but left hers on Kit Kat for a week. The extreme power save mode under KK was better than L, but the normal mode and regular power save mode is better under L. I did not do a factory reset for the move to Lollipop, just a warm reset. My wife leaves everything turned on... wifi, mobile data, HD calling, bluetooth, high accuracy location services, and NFC even though she never uses NFC. She gets similar battery life, which kind of hints that you may have a rogue app sucking your battery. There are a few apps that I disabled or uninstalled for that very reason. By the way, the HTC normal power save mode gives you MUCH more control than you get under iOS power save mode. You have options for CPU power, reduced screen brightness, turning off vibration feedback, and putting data to sleep when the screen is off. If you like, you can have this mode ONLY control data while the screen is off, and not have it affect anything else. You may also want to install GSam Battery monitor and have it track what is using your battery. I have the pro version, but I like the free version better.
By the way, do you use Quckcharge, or the regular charger that came with your phone?
I still don't understand how do you have 5.0.2 and I have 5.0.1, could you please check again your settings?
The price of the new Nexus 6P in Europe is outrageous, I will wait for the Marshmallow update and then decide if I wanna upgrade, that way the price of the Nexus 6P meanwhile certainly comes down.
Our M8 is pretty slick regarding design and it's very fast still, don't you agree? I believe it's one of the best smartphones out there, even after a year and a half after it was launched.
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-Breaking news from CNN, USA Today, and Buzzfeed News apps
-Sports alerts from ESPN, MLB at Bat, NFL Mobile, and Bleacher Report I want all of these notifications to continue to come in to my phone the second they are sent. And I feel like having to go through and make each app "high priority" is excessive. I'd much prefer just turning off the Doze functionality completely. I already lose only 3% to 4% an hour on my M9. That's good enough for me. Doze isn't necessary and I wish it could be turned off.
Also, a bit odd that email notifications aren't high priority
I'm still on Lollipop (besides the point), anyone can implement Doze on their rooted phones!
I use an app called : #HibernationManager found here : https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... It actually works!
It's that good I upgraded to PRO, you don't "need" Doze or Marshmallow, the right app will do the same job!
I recently bought a nexus 5x and was excited as hell for using the doze. Cuz you know using the phone for a long time without charge.
Ok so i am not a power user. My phone stays idle for long hours during the day. And it saddens me to still see the battery be drained like crazy.
I mean 2-5% would be understandable but its way worse than that.
I had my phone full charged in the morning kept in on my bed for the full day. I check it 8 hpurs later and battery is 20%.
No activity at all and the 80% of the battery gone.
I rewlly feel like google false advertised me into this sale. I mean i was using lollipop before this and the battery usage was way better in that.
Really dissapionted google
Didnt expect this
I still get all my emails alerts and everything else I normally get.I set the phone down at night at 100% charge and in the morning it was 86% the same as my LG3 and other phones I have owned.
Also noted that some sites say you have to download Greenify to get it to work. ?
Personally I did this and saw no difference to the way the phone behaves
I have to say after being with the 6P now for a few months battery drain is heavy.
You pick it up for a few minutes and the power ticks away as fast a s a clock.i reckon I could drain it by just using it for a couple of hours non stop.
Anyway, i bought a brick a Ravpower Turbo series, charge it up and keep it near the phone .