Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Battery Issues on Nexus Series of Devices and Their Solutions

Android 5.1.1 Lollipop was rolled out recently and among the first devices to get the update, as usual, were the Nexus series of devices.

These devices include Nexus 10, 9, and 7 and the main aim of rolling out this Android 5.1.1 update is to take care of the many issues that are affecting the effective functionality of the previous OS on these devices. Among the dire issues that Google looks to address with the release of this OS are the battery drains and wireless connectivity issues. While it seems the wireless issues have been taken care of in a perfect way, there are some users who are still having some issues with battery life of their Android 5.1.1 devices.

Google is rolling out Android 5.1.1 in phases and as you may have noticed, only a handful of Nexus devices will be getting it first. Users of Nexus 6 were actually the most affected by this issue of battery drains and now that this update is rolling out, it is a chance for them to enjoy the services of this amazing device for longer periods of the day.

Since the Android 5.1.1 update is still very young, it is too early to tell whether all Nexus users have received some changes in the battery lives of their devices. However, if you have updated your device to the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and if you are still enjoying poor sessions of battery life with your Nexus smartphone, then you much check out the following tips and tricks. These tricks also work on devices running on all versions of the Android Lollipop OS.

Find out which apps are draining your Nexus battery

In case you feel that your Nexus device is losing it when it comes to battery life, there are chances that your phone is running lots of apps in the background. These apps do not just eat up your battery life, but they also take up a lot of your RAM, making the device slower than usual.

To get a clear view of how all apps installed on your phone are using up battery power, you can visit the battery section of your Nexus device’s settings. On this list you’ll be able to see how each app uses up battery power. You can simply get rid of the battery hogs and keep those that are mindful of your battery life.

Clear the cache

Another way of dealing with this battery life issue on your Nexus device is to clear the cache partition. To do this, press and hold the power and volume down buttons simultaneously. You’ll see Google on your screen after some time and once you notice an arrow on the screen, press the volume down button until the Recovery option appears.

Proceed by tapping on the power button and you should see Android appear. Tap the volume up button once while holding the power button and then release the latter. A list of items will be generated on top of your screen and using the volume down button, scroll to the option of where you can wipe the cache. Tap on the power button to select this option and wait for a few minutes for the process to complete and then reboot your phone normally.

Disabling services not useful

There are lots of apps and services that run on your Android device. Some of them are even enabled when not in use, for instance, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi or even NFC. Turning these services off when not in use and on when you want to use them will save you a lot of battery life. You can access them via the Nexus quick settings option or simply disable them from the settings. Also, make sure you take care of your display brightness and standby time as these also contribute to reduced battery life.

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