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How to get the best out of your Nexus 5 battery

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The Nexus 5 packs a 2300 mAh battery, but combined with a powerful processor and a large, bright display, this can get sucked dry in no time. If you’ve been wondering how you can get the best out of your battery on your Nexus 5, we’ve got a few tips for you. 

Improve the Nexus 5 battery with some of our tricks. / © AndroidPIT

Enable Android Runtime

While most of our tips will concentrate on modifying usage or turning off settings,  this will change the way of how your device creates and runs code.  By enabling the Android Runtime (ART), you will loss a little bit of storage (apps will take up about 10 to 20 percent more space), but they’ll open faster and use less processor power.

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Right now, ART isn’t sanctioned officially by Google, but it’s available as an option on the Nexus 5. In order to turn this on for yourself, you’ve got to have Developer Options enabled (Go to Settings > About Phone > Tap Build Number 7-8 times and a Developers Options will appear as a new sub-menu in System)  and then select the ART Runtime instead of the default Dalvik Runtime.

Don’t let your WiFi out of control

If you’re at home, school, work, or another location where you can connect to WiFi, it is more power friendly to be using that than your cellular service, as well as easing the load on your data plan. However, unless you’re connected to a WiFi connection or are actively looking for one to connect to, there’s no reason to always be scanning for one when you’re out and about. Make sure to turn off when you’re out and about and watch your battery life improve.

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As well, by default, your Nexus 5 will always scan for WiFi to aid in location services and you’ll have to manually shut it off to help save power. To do so, go to Settings > WiFi > Click the three dots in the top right corner > uncheck Scanning Always available.

Reduce location services battery drain

While you have a ton of sensors that can help your device find itself for use in navigational and location based apps, this can quickly take down the battery if you’re not careful. Thankfully location services has a battery saving mode that you can enable to help reduce the amount of load these services have on your battery.

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To enable this mode, go to Settings > Location > Mode > Battery Saving Mode.

Android 4.4.2? Trust us, do a factory restore.

If you received the Android 4.4.2 update OTA on your Nexus 5, you’ll most likely want to perform a factory restore on your device. Unfortunately, one of the many bugs that came with Android 4.4.2 also wreaked havoc on how efficient the battery is on the Nexus 5.

Keep in mind, a factory restore will erase absolutely everything on your device from saved images to contacts to your high score on Candy Crush. As such, make sure to do a backup before your try this out.

To do a factory restore, head to Settings > Backup & Reset > Factor data reset. This will start the process and you’ll soon have your Nexus 5 back to it was the way it left the factory.

Accessorize it or modify it.

Sure, this might not be the absolutely best way to help with battery issues, but it will definitely help with at least adding a bit of an extra boost.

Previously, we highlighted the Limefuel Extended Battery case which will basically combine a new battery and a case all in one for your Nexus 5. As well, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could go about with replacing the battery in the Nexus 5 yourself.

As well, make sure to check out some of our standard battery saving tips for Android devices as they could also be used towards the Nexus 5 as well.