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    Default Google Nexus 5 Battery life

    This is the worst battery life I have had since I got this phone

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    Default Re: Google Nexus 5 Battery life

    Can you give us more details?
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    Granted I'm still only on WiFi with my Nexus 5 and I don't play games on it but I was kind of amazed with some of the battery stats I was getting lately. Here's an example.

    I think these two are from the same time, but typically at least 4 hours screen time and over 24 hours total.



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    It definitely depends on service coverage in your area... I don't use my phone what I would consider hard in the least and I'm lucky to get 7 hours out of a charge. It's certainly not the best although the phone is awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbhybridchris View Post
    It definitely depends on service coverage in your area... I don't use my phone what I would consider hard in the least and I'm lucky to get 7 hours out of a charge. It's certainly not the best although the phone is awesome.

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    Right, if my phone were on a carrier that would definitely tax the battery more. So does Facebook which I don't have installed and some other apps that continually call out.

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    Yes horrible battery life. Uninstalling apps and not using the phone as much while might be solutions to fix this problem but defeats the purpose of owning a smartphone as powerful as this. I have started looking for alternatives(other phones) already :-)
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    I want this to be my primary phone, but the battery life is killing it for me. I was willing to give up using my Note 3..... but hard to take a phone serious when I can't make it past 3pm. And not everyone has time to make charging their phone one of the to priorities of the day.

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    If you're a heavy user, and are coming from a phone that has a beast of a battery like the note 3, then your disappointment is understandable. Speaking personally, I've been impressed with the battery life on mine. But I'm at most a moderate rather than a heavy screen user...And I'm usually able to charge throughout the day if and when I need to do so.

    Should you care to try a few potential fixes before jumping ship....

    1. Switch to ART runtime (unproven but some claim it extends battery life a little)

    2. Keep your screen at 25% brightness (totally sufficient for nearly all environments--this *will* help)

    3. Install juice defender or similar app and customize the settings to your needs

    Best of luck

    Moto X/Nexus 5
    Nexus 5/Moto X
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    I get great battery life. I also don't install many applications, just a couple. To me, most websites have a nice mobile page so I don't see a need to install their application.
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    Mine is far from horrible....though it can be horribly inconsistent at times. Mainly at night when it is not even in use. Some nights I'll lose less than 5%, other nights I'll lose more than 30%. Very frustrating.
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    Only been a couple days so far for me and I'm getting a pretty consistent 14 or so hours of time on the battery. I have moderate to poor sprint reception and about 1.5-2 hours of screen time. Much better than my gnex.

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    People put up with these stats? My aging Echo (2.5yr) with its original 1350mAh batteries still goes over a day on one battery with at least two hours of screen-on time. In dual screen mode with the spare battery plugged in, Telenav actively navigated me on a three hour drive over the holidays...***** self forgot the car adapter :/ If new phones with 3000mAh+ batteries cannot do this, what am I to do for my next device?


    To the person that said Note 3 has heroic battery, could you please PM me about your experience?
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    One charge lasts me a whole day, usually with 40-60% left before I go to bed. I think most phones these days are intended to charge every night, so my stats are very easy to put up with.

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    I'm not on facebook every thirty seconds or uploading hundreds of pictures/videos to instagram or whatever the latest social picshare is, but I'm getting a full day out of the phone with about 50% left at the end of the day, every day. I don't know how much better it can get.
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    I was having a similar problem with my Google Nexus 7 recently. I'd unplug it and leave it overnight sleep/idle and it would be down 20+ % and warm to boot ... it was doing SOMETHING.
    I read a lot about disabling various functions etc. but in the end what fixed my issue was clearing the Android Cache Partition. Now when I leave the tablet overnight it is perhaps down 2-3%. I didn't have to disable anything, I didn't have to do a factory reset.
    The troubleshooter in me is annoyed that I don't know WHY this solved the problem but it clearly did as my battery life has changed drastically and I'm using the tabled exactly the same way I have been previously.
    I have a theory ... but it is just a theory. Right after I cleared the Android Cache Partition two Google apps/services updated (one was calendar the other escapes me). My theory is that there was something Google specific, stored in the cache, that was continually trying to update and failing to do so, and that this is what was chewing the battery.
    In my mind this also explains why so many people say that if you do a factory reset your battery life problems will be fixed. When you do a factory reset on of the things that happens is your Android Cache Partition is cleared.

    There are lots of places where you can get instructions on how to clear the Android Cache Partition. It doesn't 'cost' you anything as the device still has your apps and menus, and it may help you greatly.

    -Cam
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    So from full to emptyi got 11 and a half hours on battery with 3 and a half hours of screen on time. Part of this I was asleep. Is this good?
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    3.5 hrs of screen on time is typical. The battery life with screen off depends on what kinds of apps are running in the background, and how often they're refreshing or accessing the web.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    3.5 hrs of screen on time is typical. The battery life with screen off depends on what kinds of apps are running in the background, and how often they're refreshing or accessing the web.
    How do I know what's running in background?
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    Look at your battery stats in Settings>Battery, and see what apps seem to use the most battery. There are also a lot of 3rd party battery monitors that can give you more detail.

    It's also worth looking through your apps to see if they have data refresh settings. The more often apps refresh on the web, the more battery they use.

    See more tips here: [Guide] Battery Saving Tips
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Look at your battery stats in Settings>Battery, and see what apps seem to use the most battery. There are also a lot of 3rd party battery monitors that can give you more detail.

    It's also worth looking through your apps to see if they have data refresh settings. The more often apps refresh on the web, the more battery they use.

    See more tips here: [Guide] Battery Saving Tips
    Well, when I looked at the battery info page before my phone died, it was the screen taking up most of it. Followed by chrome, then android SYESTEM, ANDROID is, pocket casts, and media server. Do I need to be force closing every running app in the running section of the apps menu in settings? Or that's unnecessary as long as they are not showing up in my battery use log?
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    Don't force close apps. Check out the guide I linked--it might help answer some of your questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Don't force close apps. Check out the guide I linked--it might help answer some of your questions.
    What does force closing do? Did I do something wrong? I didn't do any syestem apps.
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    If you force close apps, oftentimes they'll automatically reopen, and all you'll do is expend extra battery closing and opening the apps again in a repeated cycle. Android likes to keep RAM relatively full of apps, to allow for quicker opening and switching. Read this article for more information: RAM: What it is, how it's used, and why you shouldn't care | Android Central
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    Yeah, you're better off, if you're rooted, to run greenify to have it park apps in the background you don't think need to be running in the background (Many games for example). Honestly, with 3.5 hours of screen time and heavy chrome use, your battery usage case sounds fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serenemind View Post
    Yes horrible battery life. Uninstalling apps and not using the phone as much while might be solutions to fix this problem but defeats the purpose of owning a smartphone as powerful as this. I have started looking for alternatives(other phones) already :-)
    Me to! I love the Nexus 5 but the battery life is killing me. I avoid games on my down time just because I know the battery gets owned. I have a couple friends with the Galaxy S5 and they have proceed to me that there battery is incredible on it. Even with touch wiz. I'm so in love with the Google now launcher that it's almost pulling me back to the Nexus. However, there's this issue with the screen. In the light you can see through the panel. It shows lines, ever since I noticed this I cannot unsee this!!! Boo!!! So I'm kind of looking forward to the S5

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