Nexus 5x has never been known for the quality of its battery, and it has seen its fair share of problems in the past. We’ve already brought you some great tips to extend your Nexus 5x battery life
Factory Reset your Nexus 5x
The first thing that I advise to anyone who complains about battery life (or has performance issues in general) is to reset their phone. This is especially applicable if you have a phone that has had a big software update recently. Perform a factory reset (backup your data beforehand as a factory reset will delete everything), and set your phone up once again from scratch.
Identify power hoggers
Some apps consume an absurd amount of battery for no good reason at all. It is important that you identify which apps are eating up more battery and if that does not work out for you, uninstall them and report them to the developers. Download and install a free third party app called Greenify. It is a very good app that prevents other rogue apps from running in the background all the time consuming essential resources and battery.
Turn off “adaptive brightness”
It should come as no surprise that the display is the biggest source of battery drain on the Nexus 5x – a quick look in Settings > Battery should tell you this. You might think that a solution is to have your battery constantly adjust for optimal brightness, but the reality is that the Nexus 5x’s light sensor is nowhere near sophisticated enough to adapt effectively. Instead, it is far better to use the lowest brightness setting that is comfortable for you. This will often be lower than what the Nexus 5x adjusts to automatically.
Set “sleep” to the lowest number possible
As your phone display is often the biggest battery drainer, switching your screen off will certainly improve battery life. Ideally your phone display would turn off whenever you aren’t looking at it, but this is yet to be a properly functioning reality. Instead of leaving your screen on for 5 minutes after you stop playing with your handset, make sure it’s awake for the shortest amount of time possible. Try setting it to 15 seconds for maximum benefit – your battery will thank you for it later.
Turn on Battery Saver
The Nexus 5x Battery Saver function is a one-stop-shop for saving juice. Unlike the battery-saving features on Samsung’s TouchWiz or Sony’s Xperia UI — the stock Android one-tap solution provides an instant improvement to battery life. The cost of this, however, is that a number of functions are limited, such as the ability for the Nexus 5x to vibrate, or sync your accounts effectively. Having to open your email manually to check your email might be a small price to pay for a longer-lasting handset.
Keep your Nexus up to date
With the exception of the odd battery-nerfing bug, Android updates usually mean better battery life. By just having Android 5.0 Lollipop on your device, Google says that you extend your device’s battery life by an additional 10 percent, so it’s worth checking regularly for the big L update if you haven’t got it yet. Go to Settings, ‘About phone’, and finally to ‘System updates’; if there’s an update available, your Nexus 5x will let you know.
Turn off Bluetooth and Location
All of the above features can have an adverse effect on your overall battery life. Bluetooth especially should never be kept running when you’re not directly using it. Location is a little trickier because it is used for a number of apps and services. Turn it off, and if you are rarely/never asked to switch it back on, you will know you have made the right choice.