1. nelhop's Avatar
    Is is time to buy an iPhone? I am so frustrated. My Nexus 5 keeps restarting and restarting. If I am patient it eventually starts but it takes 15 minutes or more of the restarting process. Of course, the cellphone is completely useless if I can't start it.

    Second problem. If I can get it started,the Nexus 5 refuses to connect to my wifi at my house. It takes forever to scan for wifi locations. When it finally finds me it asks for the password. I click connect. It doesn't connect. I repeat the procedure but then it simply goes through the interminable restarting procedure.

    Third problem. Battery lasts only a few hours. I can live with that by carrying extra storage.

    Is there a solution? Especially to the restarting? Because I obviously can't used the Nexus 5 if it won't start.

    Is my best solution to buy an iPhone?
    Just so frustrated.
    04-19-2017 07:19 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    First, try wiping the cache partition: [GUIDE] Nexus 5 Recovery. If that doesn't help, see if the problem persists in Safe Mode: https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/2852139?hl=en

    If problems persist in Safe Mode, the firmware might be corrupt. You could try reinstalling the firmware manually: How to manually update your Nexus or Pixel | Android Central

    Your phone is almost 4 years old, and the Nexus 5's battery was never very good to begin with, so it's not surprising that it only lasts a few hours by now.

    In my opinion, if the above suggestions don't work, your best solution is to get a new phone, period. This isn't an Android vs iPhone issue. A 4 year old iPhone may also develop problems, and its battery will certainly not last as long after that duration of usage, either. The choice of platform is completely up to you.
    04-19-2017 07:49 PM
  3. nelhop's Avatar
    Thanks for the suggestions. With some difficulty I got the phone to shut down. Then I cleared the cache partition as you suggested. I was starting to worry when it didn't finish for a half hour but eventually it allowed me to reboot. On rebooting the phone seemed to work. I took a deep breath and crossed my fingers. So far it hasn't rebooted itself.

    It does not connect to wifi but I'm not going to fuss with that as long as the phone works. I'll just use LTE. And I can live with the poor battery.

    You are right, I should look into a new phone. It's so hard to pick one. The Nexus 5 is the first smart phone I have owned so I have little experience in picking a phone. I sure wish the Pixel were cheaper.
    04-20-2017 11:11 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Hope the reboots don't come back! Sorry, I had forgotten to mention that the cache wipe on a Nexus 5 usually takes a lot longer than on other phones -- typically about 10 minutes for me.

    Regarding the wi-fi issue -- does it connect to other wi-fi networks successfully? If so, try rebooting your router by unplugging its power for 10 seconds. If that doesn't help, review this guide: http://forums.androidcentral.com/amb...-problems.html

    If you're looking for a phone that has a relatively basic Android interface and that isn't too expensive, Moto is worth looking at (like the G5 Plus, Z Play, or Z Force).
    04-20-2017 05:15 PM
  5. nelhop's Avatar
    The reboots came back. Once at an unfortunate time. I was attempting to board Amtrak and wanted to show my e-ticket on my cellphone. At that point it restarted and restarted. The conductor was growing impatient, of course. Fortunately, I had a paper copy I could find in my bag.

    Each reboot takes longer and longer. Boy, am I tired of those swirling circles. I tried safe mode, but on attempting to get wifi it rebooted. And I do have trouble getting wifi anywhere.

    I noticed that while rebooting the phone gets quite warm. That would be a battery problem? Before I throw the phone away should I try a new battery. I can buy one online, ship the phone to my son who is clever with electronics and have him install it. Is that a good idea? Or is it not likely to fix the problem?
    04-25-2017 11:08 AM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    After the random reboots, once it gets started again, is the battery almost depleted? If so, then the battery could be the issue.

    But if the battery is still >50% after the reboot, then my guess is that it's a hardware issue. From what I understand, replacing the battery isn't too difficult, so it's worth a shot, but I'm betting it won't help.
    04-26-2017 10:05 AM
  7. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    If you haven't already ditched the N5, the battery is very easy to replace. There are a number of videos on YouTube showing how. The whole process takes maybe 10-20 minutes, and the batteries are cheap on eBay. Though look at reviews to increase your odds of getting a good one.
    05-16-2017 04:14 PM

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