Common Nexus 5 Problems and How To Fix Them

ne5The Google Nexus 5 remains one of the hottest smartphones on the market, and with a starting price of just $349, it’s practically unbeatable. However, it doesn’t come without its own vices, some of which are deal-breakers for consumers. These problems range from a short battery charge (which is reported in nearly every smartphone) to connectivity loss. To learn more about the common problems that plague the Google Nexus 5 and how to fix them, keep reading.

Inaccurate GPS

One all-too-common problem reported by Nexus 5 users is an inaccurate GPS. The GPS typically begins accurate, but after a while it gradually veers off course — sometimes several miles off course. To fix an inaccurate GPS on the Nexus 5, access Settings > Location > and check High Accuracy next to Mode. Basically, this creates a stronger GPS signal at the cost of battery power that should prevent this problem from occurring.


Does your Nexus 5 feel hot to the touch? Allowing your device to overheat on a regular basis could result in permanent damage, which is why it’s important to regulate the temperature.  Avoid storing your Nexus 5 in direct sunlight, and close any unnecessary apps that could be drawing power in the background. If the problem persist, perform a hard reset by holding the power button down until it reboots.

WiFi Not Sending Data

Some Nexus 5 users have reported not being able to send or receive data while connected to the WiFi. There are a couple of different solutions to this problem, one of which is to simply disconnect and reconnect to the network. Access Settings > Wireless and Networks > WiFi. Disconnect from your current network, wait a couple of minutes, and reconnect. Hopefully, this will the issue and you’ll once again be able to send data over the wireless network.  If it doesn’t work, try resetting your router (assuming you have a router).

Short Battery Charge

The Nexus 5 touts itself for having a powerful battery that’s capable of 17 hours plus “talk time,” but unfortunately most users will come short of seeing this number on a single charge. If you’re struggling with a short battery life, try disabling WiFi and GPS when these services aren’t necessary. And if you really want to improve your Nexus 5’s battery, use a case with a built-in extended battery.

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