My Android Pixel 6a lately has been telling me (great conversationalist that it is) that Garmin Drive has been registering between 11% and 14% of it’s battery consumption. The most recent circumstances were during a three day period when I never cranked up the truck and yet it consumed 12% of the total battery usage.
Garmin Smartphone battery usage is in the noise except when on traffic duty and then it’s consumption is remains low, <3% IIRC (but I can not remember the duration of the episode). Garmin Drive is only for my Dashcam 56 and it can’t have too much work to do when the Dashcam is off.
I suppose that I ought to call Garmin Customer Service. Before I do,,, any thoughts or comments?
edit: mixed up Google and Garmin
You've been around long enough (I think) to realize that most Garmins aren't really off but in standby unless you push and hold the power button until an "OFF" prompt occurs.
Could that be the issue, perhaps some other user of the vehicle insn;t aware of this?
Yup,,, I'm exceedingly old and have had GPSs since my 20th century GPS III+.
Yup also,,, I didn't differentiate between off and sleep. Assuming that the Dashcam 56 does indeed have a sleep mode I still wonder what kind of interaction besides an occasional handshake could be going on. And what could be going on that is more resource consumptive than the Smartphone app doing real navigating/traffic work.
The whole household Garmin inventory is DriveSmart 51LMT-S, BC-40, DashCam 56, and GPSMAP 64ST. My phone is the only one in the house with Garmin Drive and Smartphone.
As they say, this is a first-world problem. In my recently given up Android 8 (Moto) phone I had more control over app updates than with Android 13 now (unless I’m ignorant). I just now checked and Drive was updated 17MAY23 to version 4.22.15. I should have checked that before I opened the thread. I bet it this is a maintenance problem!
Thanks for helping me think clearly.
Google support shows how to restrict the app:
But then you have to remember to unrestrict it or it may get killed in the background.
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