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How to disable power saving and optimizing features for the Polar Flow and Polar Beat Android apps

Disabling power saving and all background restrictions for the Polar Flow / Beat app in your Android device might be necessary if you’re experiencing any of the issues listed below.

Polar Flow:

  • Automatic syncing is not working in the background or it is inconsistent.
  • Smart notifications suddenly stop working after a while or notifications appear on your Polar device inconsistently.

Polar Beat:

  • The Polar Beat app is terminated suddenly and your session has not been fully saved.
  • GPS is giving erroneous measurements, for example the calculated distance is wrong.

Android devices

Different Android devices have their own power saving features and settings but generally these settings can be found in some of the following places.

Android versions 5/6/7:

  • Go to Settings > Battery. Disable all battery savers and if there are app-specific restrictions, choose the Polar Flow or Beat app and disable power saving features for it
  • Go to Settings > Apps - Polar Flow / Polar Beat > Battery optimization. Choose All apps from the top, find Polar Flow / Beat from the list and disable optimizations for the app.

Android versions 8/9:

  • Go to Settings > Battery. Disable all battery savers and if there are app-specific restrictions, choose Polar Flow / Polar Beat app and disable power saving features for it. On Android 9, we recommend disabling the Adaptive battery feature altogether.
  • Go to Settings > Battery > … (three dots) > Battery optimization. Choose All apps from the top, find Polar Flow / Polar Beat from the list and disable optimizations for the app.
  • Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > All apps / App info > Polar Flow / Polar Beat > Battery. Disable all background restrictions and optimizations.

If you cannot find any of these paths on your Android device, the phone might have its own menu for battery saving and optimizing features. Here are some Android phone specific battery saving features that should be disabled.

Huawei/Honor mobile devices with Android 8 or newer version:

  • Settings > Battery > Launch. Find Polar Flow / Polar Beat from the list and choose it. Make sure all three options (Secondary launch etc.) are enabled and tap OK. Control manually text should appear next to Polar Flow / Polar Beat.
  • Settings > Apps & notifications > (Advanced) settings > Special app access > Battery optimization. Tap Allowed at the top and choose All apps, find Polar Flow / Polar Beat from the list and choose Allow.

Huawei/Honor phones with Android 6.0:

  • Go to Settings > Advanced setting > Battery manager > Protected apps. Find Polar Flow / Polar Beat and choose Protected.

OnePlus phones with Android 9:

  • Go to Settings > Battery > Battery optimization > … (three dots) > Advanced optimization. Disable Advanced optimization and Sleep standby optimization.

Xiaomi mobile devices with Android 8:

  • First ensure that the Polar Flow / Polar Beat app is closed and not open in the background.
  • Go to Settings > Battery & performance > Manage apps battery usage > Choose apps. Tap Installed apps at the top, find Polar Flow / Polar Beat from the list and choose No restrictions.

Xiaomi mobile devices with Android 9:

  • First ensure that Polar Flow / Polar Beat app is closed and not open even in the background.
  • Go to Settings > Battery > Battery saver > Choose apps. Find Polar Flow / Polar Beat from the list and choose No restrictions.

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