How To Turn On The Doze Feature On Android 6.0 Marshmallow

In my last blog post I boasted about finally receiving the update to Android Marshmallow on my Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.

One of the biggest changes (and the most prominent features Android "M" introduces) is the doze mode which is supposed to optimize battery life in a super intelligent and effective way. Sony even got rid of its popular STAMINA modes for the sake of the doze.

In today's post I will tell you a few words about the doze mode in Android Marshmallow and tell you how to enable and disable it. Take your phone into your hands and let's begin!

What is the Doze mode in Android Marshmallow?

Before we dig deeper into the details about how to use the doze mode, I will tell you a few things about what it is in the first place.

Basically, the doze mode is the new feature that Google introduced to Android 6.0. It's simply a set of rules and settings that is going to help your battery last longer and be consumed much more slowly.

The way it works is really really simple. Your phone simply knows (e.g. thanks to the built-in gyroscope and other mechanisms) when you are holding it or when you left it alone and aren't going to use for some time.

When it detects that you aren't using the phone, it will simply make most of the apps idle. It will happen only if the screen of the phone is turned off, the phone isn't charging, and you aren't moving it around.

When your phone is set to this idle mode, only the high priory apps will be able to send notifications, e.g. SMS messages or phone calls, which will be able to wake your phone up.

You can read more about the doze mode in Marshmallow in this article.

How to Turn on the Doze mode in Android Marshmallow

The great news is that you really don't need to do anything apart from upgrading your phone to Android "M". Once you do it, the doze mode will be activated and protecting your phone.

If your phone used to have some dedicated battery-saving modes (like STAMINA is Sony phones), they will all probably disappear once the Doze enters your phone.

However, you can adjust the settings of the doze mode to your needs and choose which apps you want (or don't want) to optimize. Here is how you do it.

  • Go to Settings (either from the app grid or the quick settings panel) and click on Battery usage. Whether it's called battery usage or battery settings may differ depending on the manufacturer of your phone.
  • Click on the three dots in the right corner and choose battery  optimization.
  • You will now see the list of apps that cannot be optimized. Click on Not optimized and choose All apps to list all the apps and choose if you want to optimize them or not.
  • Click on a specific app to view its settings and choose if you want to optimize it or not.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the doze mode in Android 6.0? Did it improve the battery life of your phone?

Feel free to post me your comments. I would love to hear from you.

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