How Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode works

With Sony’s power management setting called Battery STAMINA Mode, you can extend the standby time of your Xperia™ device by more than four times. With Battery STAMINA Mode turned on, the background activities of most applications are reduced when you turn off the screen. Read more on how it works after the jump!

Battery life is a very important factor for many consumers, and this is something Sony has been working hard to improve. We found out that a lot of the battery power on a smartphone or tablet is consumed by background activities in apps and games when the device is not in use. Now with the new Battery STAMINA Mode enabled, apps are not allowed to synchronise and check for notifications and incoming messages when the screen is off, something that normally consumes quite a lot of power while your phone is resting in your pocket.

Battery STAMINA Mode builds on the same technology as Extended Standby Mode, which is available in some Sony smartphones released last year. Starting one minute after the screen has been turned off, data traffic is automatically blocked and background activities are prevented from waking up the system. And then when you turn on the screen, the activities will resume again instantly. And as the IP address for your phone is kept, you will immediately have network access.  This all makes it possible to bring you notifications when you need them and have time to look at the screen, and not while the phone is tucked away.

When Battery STAMINA Mode is on, you will still receive phone calls, SMS text messages and MMS notifications at all times. The preinstalled Calendar app and Alarm notifications will also work as normal, while the LED will only illuminate to indicate low battery.

Battery STAMINA Mode is turned off by default, but you can easily turn it on in the Power management settings.

Power management settings.

Power management settings.

When Battery STAMINA Mode is running, you will also get power management tips to help you save even more energy, and keep your device going even longer. For example, if Battery STAMINA Mode is turned off and you leave your device with the screen turned off for six hours or more, you will get a recommendation in the notification bar to turn on Battery STAMINA Mode. You will also be notified about apps that consume a lot of power.

Customise Battery STAMINA Mode – white list your important apps
Another really useful functionality, is that you can actually choose to white list your most important apps, allowing them to run in the background even when Battery STAMINA Mode is turned on. This way you will get notifications even when your phone rests in your bag or pocket. This is handy if you still want to be able to receive instant messages or IP calls at any time. So, for example, if you want to have Google Talk running continuously even though you are Battery STAMINA Mode, it’s no problem. Just white list Google Talk and it will work as normal.

You can also set a battery threshold, so that Battery STAMINA Mode kicks in below a certain battery level that you define yourself.

Customise Battery STAMINA Mode to suit your needs by white listing applications.

Customise Battery STAMINA Mode to suit your needs by white listing applications.


If you have any questions about Battery STAMINA Mode, drop us a line below! And if you’re interested in how it affects you as an app developer, stay tuned to Developer World as we will post some hands-on coding tips here soon.

Battery STAMINA Mode is currently available on Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia L.

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  1. By N. K.


    Can stamina mode damage the battery during time if its always on?

  2. By Athar Khan


    I think the app Greenify does the same thing. Can anyone point out the major difference between Greenify and this Sony Stamina mode ?

  3. By Saad Ananzeh


    I have Xperia z3 plus – latest update – I noticed when activating stamina mode graphics is reduced… how can I edit that?

  4. By Edmund Park


    It sounds great, but what is different between it and Low Battery Mode?

  5. By Angel Ramirez


    Hi. What is the differnece between Low Battery Mode vs STAMINA?

  6. By Shashika Raveen


    I have xperia m5 dual smartphone.. But it’s stamina mode not working perfectly.. I want to sloved this problem…

  7. By Fitri Yuliarti Utami


    I can’t find battery stamina in marshmallows. Bring it back to my Xperia Z2 pleaseeeeee…..???

  8. By John Prince


    I’m getting a notification battery stamina mode and when I click on it it goes to office suite. How can I avoid that?

  9. By Lily Al-Essa


    I have Sony Xperia z5, and I can’t find the battery stamina in my phone, From where can I get it?

  10. By Admir Dobruna


    I have sony xperia S and my phone is root-ed but not roote-d as is suppose to be when needs to install stamina mode and all i get like this module does not provide a user interface

  11. By Christian Kau


    Hi, my question concerning stamina mode is:
    I have it set to always on. From 100-0%.
    Whenever i wake my Z5 Premium, it takes several moments for the connection to be reestablished.
    Sometimes it takes very long and I have to restart an app several times for it to work.
    Why is that? Can it be fixed? Are you working on the issue already?
    Thanks alot in advance,

  12. By Esther Mensah


    I just bought a Sony Xperia Aqua E2303, was listening to music last night and fell asleep…I woke up this morning and it is on standby, It looks like I can reactivate it. I have bee trying for an hour now with nothing… the screen is just frozen.
    Please what do i do.
    I can see 9 hours in red, 3 days 13 hours in Standby mode under it…please what does that mean?

  13. By Kaushal Kumar


    The mobile data and wifi are disabled when the stamina mode is turned on then how does “apps active in standby” works. I mean if mobile data and wifi is disabled how would whatsapp work if I put it in exception list.

    • By Joe Padre


      Hi Kaushal,
      If you add Whatsapp to the exception list, you will need to change your WiFi settings so that you’re not forcefully disconnected when the screen goes dark, and so that your Whatsapp messages still come through.
      Best regards,
      Joe from Developer World

      • By Oliver Bevan


        What settings exactly should be changed?

  14. By Shaik QadeerA


    These days my xperia z3’s stamina mode seems to be stopped working. Whenever I use to turn it on, it showed a difference. But now, it stopped doing so. Whether it be 50% or 15%, if I turn it on, it doesn’t change the estimated battery time. I hope you could help me.

    • By Anna Aleryd



      For a product question like this one, you need to contact Xperia Care. The support forum over at is a good place to start!

      Best regards,
      Anna from Developer World