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‘Mediaserver’ Process Sucking Up Your Google Nexus 4’s Battery? Here’s the Solution

December 8th, 2012 by

Nexus 4 Mediaserver battery drain problem

The Google Nexus 4 has been a tremendous hit among Android enthusiasts. The device sold out within a few minutes every time it went on sale in various countries, leaving thousands of potential buyers disappointed by the shortage of units. Being a lucky owner, Using the phone has been an amazing experience for me since it arrived, but it’s plagued by a major battery life problem with a process named as ‘mediaserver’ eating up a significant portion of battery life. Strangely, this process bug seems to be limited only to the Nexus 4 since I never experienced it in other phones that I’ve used such as the Galaxy S II or Galaxy S III.

Solution to Mediaserver Battery Drain Problem?


Turn off Google Play Music sync.

Yep, it is the Google Play Music sync option that is causing this drain. To turn it off, go to your Google account settings and uncheck ‘Google Play Music’ sync option. This will, however, disable the synchronization of your songs stored on Google Play Music service between your phone and the cloud.

Doing so should certainly reduce the battery consumption by mediaserver process and increase your battery life, as it did for me.

Update: Please note that this will only reduce the battery drain which the mediaserver process causes when NO music or video is being played.

Excessive battery drain caused by the process when music is being played might still be present. I’ve no idea why is it happening and it surely is a firmware problem. Google, are you listening? Please fix this problem ASAP.

Mediaserver Problem Still Not Solved?

If the Google Nexus 4 mediaserver problem does not settle for you even after disabling Google Play Music sync, then chances are that it’s being caused by some corrupt media file. The mediaserver process is responsible for scanning media files stored in your phone’s storage and there may be some file(s) that is pushing the process to be stuck in a loop.

It could be any media file of any format — .jpg, .gif, .mp3, .mkv, .mp4, .aac — anything. So what you need to do now is search your phone for corrupt media files. Corrupt images and videos are easier to find and will appear as blank or size-less files or incomplete in case of videos. For finding MP3s that are corrupt, you can use an MP3 repair utility such as MP3Val to search your music library and repair song, if required. This might finally solve your battery drain problem.

What’s Mediaserver and Why is it Draining My Battery?

Mediaserver is simply a service that apps such as music and video players use to play music and videos. Further, it is also responsible for scanning of media files stored in your phone. So the culprit behind this battery drain problem in Nexus 4 is not the process itself, but an app that uses the service or any corrupt media file that is making it go crazy.

(9) Comments

  1. TheSoupThief

    I noticed yesterday that my N4 battery drained very quickly. Looked up what had been using power in "Battery" and saw the culprit - Mediaserver. I don't have Google Play Music syncing, didn't have any other music ongoing in the background that I knew of. Noticed I had about 20 Chrome pages open - a couple of which would probably have been YouTube. Battery drain is now gone :-) Will just need to keep an eye on this I guess til Google sort it

  2. thomas

    Lance Martin : stopped it on my Samsung without root or special software... just plain old manage applications (pick all to see it). Battery back to normal. It was a process called media. Stopping it broke media player but winamp works without the media process so I'm good. Back to deep sleep too (1% bat drain per day if I don't use the pad).

  3. Adam

    This just sucks. Mediaserver has killed the battery (overnight) on my NEW Nexus 7 (2nd gen) and no one has really any ideas what causes it out how to stop it. Come on Google, get this B.S. straightened out.

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