Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 users complain of battery drain after Android Pie update

Samsung began rolling out the stable Android Pie One UI update for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ in December last year. The update has now hit most of the regions and devices. And it appears, among many good things, the update has brought about heavy battery drainage issues for some users. Similar issues have hit the Galaxy S8 and S8+ as well. Stable Android Pie update for these two devices has been released in Germany, India, UAE, and a few other countries.

May not be a major issue

A number of Galaxy S8 and S9 users are complaining that the battery life of their devices have gone down drastically after the Android Pie update. For some, screen time has gone down by almost 50%. They have taken to Samsung Members to spit out their frustration.

Samsung, however, is yet to acknowledge the issue, and that may be because it’s not a major issue caused by some bug. Rather, it should be the after effect of a major software update. Battery life usually goes down after such big updates, but gets better again after a few weeks of use. Factory reset, or multiple reboots, also help sometimes. If the issue is indeed caused by a bug, Samsung should release a fix soon.

Have you updated your Galaxy S8 or S9 to Android Pie? If yes, are you facing any battery drainage issues? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Model: SM-G960F
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 9810
  • Camera: 12 MP, CMOS OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
  • Model: SM-G950F
  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm
  • Display: 5.8” (146.5mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Exynos 8895
  • Camera: 12 MP, Dual Pixel F1.7 OIS

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  • I have a new Galaxy S9, and the battery is the worst ever. drains so damn fast. it's crazy. how can i solve this, please? return to android 8?

  • Samsung never admitted the Exynos S9 has a terrible battery life in the first place, so they probably won't say anything now as well.

  • For everyone who has battery drain problem after Android Pie update, try to do this. In dial pad type *#0228# >Quick start (bottom screen)> ok. Do a restart after that. You will see amazing battery life.

    • Don't do this, there is more posts suggesting this harms your battery rather than helps it. This code appears to reset the battery memory which is different than calibrating it.

  • Meu S8 está com o consumo de bateria muito elevado eu tiro da bateria rapidamente ele já cai pra 92% rapdio estão espero mesmo que resolva esse Bug

  • My S8 drop from like 100 to 70% suddenly and then everything goes suuuper slow and jerky and then it restarts and battery is at 0%.

    I cant get 1 hr screen time on full charge.

    Tried to factory reset but it happened again.

  • Multiple people suggested disabling Chrome which didnt really do the trick for me. Disabling them together with Facebook did. We all know Google and Facebook are collecting a lot of information about us, it seems it might have been the cause.

  • Yes, I've got this problem too. (My phone is S8)
    My battery is running out, when it %40.
    I hope correcting this problem with a new update.

  • I'm j400f user and I have same problem like this. After update to android pie I have battery draining and heating my phone. After I update I went look to the device care setting and see my phone has 81% charge but it can be use just for 13 hours!!! but in android Oreo it was 20 or 24 hours. I don't know what I do.... I downgrade to Oreo or wait for fix update??? Please help me!!!!

  • S8 with pie update cause huge battery drain. bought new mobile. updated rights after purchased. Huge mistake. 3 hours display time 1% drop per 3 minutes. Downgraded to Oreo with odn. Now 50% battery remain display time nearly 8 hours.