Any tips for extending my Google Nexus 5 battery life? Love it otherwise, but battery is a pain!
JanSt / MOD
Feb. 4, 2014 at 17:31
Screen. Big user. Reduce screen brightness to the lowest bearable percentage. Also: screen time-out.
3G - if you know you're out of 3G coverage, switch off 3G. Dito, when on WiFi - you do NOT need WiFi and 3G. You do not need 3G for voice calls, sms and emails (without attachments).
Background services and updates: Twitter, Facebook, emails... do you need push updates?
Is every hour not enough? Better yet: manual updates when it suits YOU! Why get stuff updated that you won't look at for another half hour?
PlayStore: disable automatic updates and notifications.
Widgets: do you need 2 weather widgets when you have a window to look out from to see that the sun is shining? Or: reduce weather updates to once or twice daily. Many widgets update every 15 minutes by default.
Free apps!!! Whoa... "free" apps are anything but: they constantly dial home in the background.
They update adverts etc... THEY use your data and your phones battery. If you use free apps, make sure you limit what they can do.
Content: Your phone is like a PC. It needs to constantly check and index what is stored in memory. Anything you don't need => delete! Back it up to PC and: goodbye. You do not need 5,000 songs, 10,000 photos and 20,000 sms stored for...well... whatever. Every time you open the music player to play your favourite 10 songs of the week, your phone needs to index all the hundreds of songs you haven't listened to in weeks. It then needs to generate and render album art etc... see: it all adds up.
Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:21
First thing is to use the battery app info to see what is draining your battery most...
Can't recall last time I was somewhere without 3g coverage (well other than in flight). Besides being N5 shouldn't we be thinking 4g.
Besides if they are on 3 you do need 3g (or above) for all those things.
If you do have wifi available for data tasks use it though in preference to network data far less battery use and tethering from the phone will chew it down fast.
If you aren't going to be in wifi range switch that off though as it will keep checking for ones to try to attach to.
Better to have the music on the device though even if it does use a touch of battery than to be streaming it as that will definitely drain quicker.
GPS and NFC are debated points seen some say it used lots and many that it used next to nothing.
JanSt / MOD
Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:23
Can't recall last time I was somewhere without 3g coverage
I always forget there is a world outside Ireland... my BAD
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