Google accidentally remotely turned on battery saver for many Android Pie devices

Doris Richards
September 21, 2018

"I noticed the other day that suddenly my battery saver was on and I was a bit puzzled by it", she said. What's even more surprising is that Google was behind it. This was an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended.

Some Android 9 Pie users were surprised last week when they discovered their phone's Battery Saver feature had turned on by itself.

Google has issued an apology to the smartphone users on Reddit who reported on Thursday that their battery-saving settings were turned on without their knowledge or consent.

Google also rolled back the battery-saving settings to their original settings on the affected phones.

It is within the framework of a test that an error was committed by the team in charge of the latter, what has caused the triggering of the power-saving mode on a number of devices, it is this that explains Google on the platform Reddit apologizing for the inconvenience. Yes, an internal experiment could remotely change system settings on people's devices, regardless of whether they were using Pixel devices, or devices with beta builds such as the OnePlus 6 or the Nokia 7 Plus. "Please configure to your liking".


It is believed that only Google's Pixel line of handsets and the Andy Rubin-made Essential Phone were impacted by this fiddling, as they are the only ones which have access to the full Android Pie OS at this moment in time.

One Redditor said "the whole "we'll fix it guys" is not gonna fly on this one".

Others were seemingly understanding, or they had at least come to peace with the fact that Google could change a smartphone's settings without notification.

We know that Google and Apple can force updates or make changes remotely to iOS and Android, though these are meant to protect users in emergency situations.

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