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What's causing the Nexus 5 battery drain?

Nexus 5 battery drain problems and what causes them

The Nexus 5 is one of the best smartphones you can get right now, as long as you don’t want or need the most recent hardware under the hood. Even after a year since it was released, the Nexus 5 is still the go-to phone of many smartphone enthusiasts, mostly because it runs on stock Android and you get timely updates, as well as very good performance. But the Nexus 5 does have battery drain problems very often, which can be annoying to users, especially since the Nexus 5 battery can’t be swapped out because it is not removable. In this article, you will find out what exactly is draining your battery on the Nexus 5. Beware, though, as devices depend very much on their users, so these might not apply to everyone.

First off, location services are the biggest drain on your Nexus 5 battery. Location services aren’t themselves responsible for battery drain, rather the apps that they are vulnerable to. By that, we refer mainly to social media applications which constantly access location services, causing severe battery drain. The applications that use location services keep your Nexus 5 awake even if you’re not using it so that they can update themselves with location data. High accuracy location services are the ones that drain your battery the fastest. You can avoid the many wakes of your Nexus 5 caused by apps like Facebook by disabling location services or restricting app access to it. With some apps, you can restrict it from settings, but other apps won’t let you do that, so you might want to use a third-party app to do it and Greenify might be the best option out there.

One culprit for the Nexus 5 battery drain problems is actually your signal strength. Your phone will use up a lot of power if you’re in an area with poor signal strength. By signal, we mean data, not Wi-Fi. Your data connection, if used on a low signal strength, will eat up your battery in a matter of hours. You’d be better off using Wi-Fi in areas where you just can’t get optimal signal, because Wi-Fi drain is minimal on your battery. Apps will try syncing and gathering data on a data connection, and if you’re far from satellites and such, it will drain your battery very much. You can restrict the access apps have to your data connection, but if you notice bad signal, your best choice is to turn data off or use Airplane mode, which will save you a lot of battery power.

You should also know that when a phone uses vibrating alerts, it drains more battery than you would think, so if that’s not a necessary feature for you and you are striving for good battery life, you should turn vibration off on the Nexus 5. Task killers are also surprisingly heavy on your battery, as they do more harm than good. Killing off apps and having them restart later on when you need them uses more power and CPU than letting them stay idle in the background. Battery saving applications are also a double-sided issue, as they tend to wake your phone often, thus draining the battery, But that depends on the app your use and how much you actually wake your phone to check it.


About Egon Kilin

My life-long dream has been to test out every gadget on the market! Considering the fact that I've rapidly destroyed almost every gadget I've had so far, I'm not inclined to owning something, so my ideal outcome would be to have a different gadget each month. I'm really into smartphones, wearables and tablets and I love Playstation and Xbox, I'm sure I'll beat you at your own game (after a month of training... or two)

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