One of the biggest improvements in Android 6.0 Marshmallow is a battery-saving feature called “Doze”. That feature saves your battery life by restricting background tasks and processes.

But what if you don’t want to restrict background processes on Android?

Today, I’m going to explain how to turn off doze mode for specific apps in Android Marshmallow.

You Can Easily Disable Doze for Specific Apps

First, you should know that Doze is turned on by default for all your apps.

Second, you should know that you can deactivate Doze for any app very easily.

To do that, follow the steps listed below.

Step by Step Guide

Step 1) Open the Settings App

Step 2) Tap Battery

Step 3) Tap the Options menu (the three dots in the top right corner)

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Step 4) Tap Battery optimization, then the downward pointing arrow

Step 5) Tap All apps from the following menu

Step 6) Choose the app for which you want to turn off Doze mode. In the box that appears, tap Don’t optimize, and then Done.

That’s it! Doze mode has been turned off and your app will no longer be frozen when your phone is not in use.

To turn on Doze mode again at any time, simply repeat the process above, but tap Optimize when prompted.

How Does Doze Work? Should I Turn Off Doze Mode for Any Apps?

Should you turn off Doze mode for any of your apps?

Basically, Doze kicks into action when a user leaves their device unplugged and stationary for a period of time. When the screen has been off for an extended period of time, the device enters Doze mode.

Doze periodically deactivates itself to load notifications. It also deactivates Doze when you pick up your phone or move it. Here’s what it looks like according to the Android developers site:

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Basically, Doze deactivates network access, jobs, syncs, and other tasks. When the device initially enters Doze, it will check back and exit Doze fairly frequently. As the phone remains stationary for longer and longer periods of time, Doze intervals are spaced further apart.

Tl;dr – If you want your apps to instantly alert you when you receive notifications, then you should deactivate Doze for that app – especially if your phone spends long periods of time stationary (like if it sits on your desk all day instead of bouncing around in your pocket).

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