If you use Google Messaging on Android, this may be the case silently steals battery life from your phone. Og wgreet Google have solved the problem, the patch may not have affected your device for some time. Until then, there are steps you can take to prevent the app from draining your battery unnecessarily.
How Google Messages is drains your battery
Google Messages, like many chat apps, has one shortcut to take a quick picture or video in a message thread to send away. This feature lets you take a picture from a small live feed for faster access, or you can tap the live feed to expand it to get a better overview of what you are recording.
Men while it The feature is certainly handy, an error causes it to strain your Android’s battery life. Usually when you stop using function, Google Messaging stops accessing your camera; hHowever, this error keeps the camera active in Google Messages without feedback from the app itself. Affected users, however, knew where the flaw lay, as Android 12 excludes any app that uses the camera.
Keeping the camera open for extended periods of time has a huge impact on your battery, as anyone who has accidentally activated their camera in the pocket can testify. That combined with the security implications of an app that uses the camera without your knowledge, let alone one Google app, makes this error a concern.
It seems that this error is nothing new either. A Reddit thread from February 15th discusses the issue, meaning that Google Messages may have been draining users’ batteries for several months at this point.
How to stop Google Messages error from draining your battery
Fortunately, Google is now rolling out a patch for the bug. Google Communications Manager Scott Westover confirmed to The Verge that the company had solved the problem and issued the patch to the users. However, there is no current time frame for that implementation, so until the patch hits your phone, you may need to take a step or two to prevent the error from draining your battery.
If you want to passively tackle the issue, be sure to close Google Messages from the Recent view every time Android tells you that the app is using your camera. For a more permanent solution until the patch rolls out to your device, you can remove Google Messages’ permissions to use your camera. This only works well if you still never use the camera feature in the app. You’ll find this option in the Google Messages settings below Permission> Camera> Do not allow.