Nexus 5x Battery Life Thread

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CazeW

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Hi! I have been experiencing weird battery drains recently, it can be something close to 30% overnight.
I tried detecting wakelocks with Batter Battery Stats and Wakelock Detector but had no luck. Also tried to change location modes and turn it completely - no luck (nlpwakelock dissapears but no change in battery life)
Currently after a completely clean flash (maybe a week ago) I'm using latest SAOSP with EX Kernel and glasscannon profile but the problem still remains.
Before that I tried different kernels (franco, EX, stock etc), tried lots of profiles, was on PureNexus 7.1.1 - nothing helped.
Also started to use greenify with aggressive doze - still no luck. The phone sleeps but battery is bad..

I'm pretty sure it is not supposed to lose that much battery overnight and actually a long time ago it was completely fine.

I am posting some overnight stats pictures from BBS and WD. Can anyone please give me any ideas what can cause this battery drain?
Thanks!

Tried with turning WiFi off for the night? You can also try putting the phone in flight mode for the night. If it still drains that fast, it could be a hardware problem like I had.
 

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I hear you, it sucks when you get no wakelocks and the battery drains anyway... Can you try clear the cache and dalvik? it helped sometimes. What hardware problem @CazeW?
Please let us know what you discover.
 

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Hi! I have been experiencing weird battery drains recently, it can be something close to 30% overnight.
I tried detecting wakelocks with Batter Battery Stats and Wakelock Detector but had no luck. Also tried to change location modes and turn it completely - no luck (nlpwakelock dissapears but no change in battery life)
Currently after a completely clean flash (maybe a week ago) I'm using latest SAOSP with EX Kernel and glasscannon profile but the problem still remains.
Before that I tried different kernels (franco, EX, stock etc), tried lots of profiles, was on PureNexus 7.1.1 - nothing helped.
Also started to use greenify with aggressive doze - still no luck. The phone sleeps but battery is bad..

I'm pretty sure it is not supposed to lose that much battery overnight and actually a long time ago it was completely fine.

I am posting some overnight stats pictures from BBS and WD. Can anyone please give me any ideas what can cause this battery drain?
Thanks!

When do you think the issue started and was it like that on stock as well? How high up on your battery list does Google Services tend to show?

I'm on stock 7.1.2. 30% manual brightness with only Locations and BT disabled. No root day 1 launch device.
 

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Tried with turning WiFi off for the night? You can also try putting the phone in flight mode for the night. If it still drains that fast, it could be a hardware problem like I had.

Thanks for the idea - I have just tried in flight mode for the night - lost 1% in 7 hours of sleep. It is not hardware problem it seems. But it is still really bad to experience battery drain with no proper wakelocks.

When do you think the issue started and was it like that on stock as well? How high up on your battery list does Google Services tend to show?

In normal battery stats it is not that much actually. In BBS or WD it is on top so I'm pretty sure it is connected with Google Services but I can't determine exactly which one it is.

Usually the biggest wakelock (still only 10-15min max but maybe that is the problem) is com.google.android.gms/.measurement.PackageMeasurementService. I have found somewhere that it is connected with Google Firebase Analytics but could not find an app waking the device for this.
 
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Hi guys,
After months of testing all kernels and tweaks and setting differents settings I found the perfect balance.
Configuration :
-Lspeed : configured will all set on battery
-Greenify : some are saying it is no more efficient on Android 7 but it is not true .
-Rom: Pure Nexus
-Kernel : franco kernels
-Franco kernel app or kernel audiutor or elementalX
-resolution changer app
Settings:
-cpu : 2 Big cores off and other CPU set on 960mhz and governor set on conservative
-resolution set on 720*1280 and 282 spi
-touch boost disabled
- if you use franco app set all on battery and create per app profilés
-Lspeed setted ON BATTERY
- greenify : freeze app you don't need but don't freeze app like Gmail, play store...
-use battery calibration if you get problems after flashing rom.
-in Android settings in wifi set wifi during idle to never and notification for wifi to disabled
-in Android settings in location tap on the 3 points in top right and tap on research and disable two things.

So all other tweaks and profiles are not really effecient
See the screenshots for proof . I get 5h30 with wifi,4G and playing clash royale most of time (and when I play clash royale I use a profile to run it at 1,2Ghz).
 

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amir7777

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Hi guys,
After months of testing all kernels and tweaks and setting differents settings I found the perfect balance.
Configuration :
-Lspeed : configured will all set on battery
-Greenify : some are saying it is no more efficient on Android 7 but it is not true .
-Rom: Pure Nexus
-Kernel : franco kernels
-Franco kernel app or kernel audiutor or elementalX
-resolution changer app
Settings:
-cpu : 2 Big cores off and other CPU set on 960mhz and governor set on conservative
-resolution set on 720*1280 and 282 spi
-touch boost disabled
- if you use franco app set all on battery and create per app profilés
-Lspeed setted ON BATTERY
- greenify : freeze app you don't need but don't freeze app like Gmail, play store...
-use battery calibration if you get problems after flashing rom.
-in Android settings in wifi set wifi during idle to never and notification for wifi to disabled
-in Android settings in location tap on the 3 points in top right and tap on research and disable two things.

So all other tweaks and profiles are not really effecient
See the screenshots for proof . I get 5h30 with wifi,4G and playing clash royale most of time (and when I play clash royale I use a profile to run it at 1,2Ghz).
Nice settings man. What's the theme called tho?

Sent from my Nexus 5X using XDA-Developers Legacy app
 
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GuestK00141

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Why didn't you just a buy a low end device then? you basically halved the features and performance
What you said is not useful Guy...
You are not on the good thread .
I gave tips to help other users to maximize their battery life and on a low end device you can't lowering you CPU without bugs and lowering resolution is your choice.
 
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I helped my parents each get their first smart phone (Nexus 5X). They have been reporting very poor battery life. My father said he will start with a full charge and go out and take lots of photos. 3hrs later, he will get a warning that he is down to 10%. I installed Gsam on his phone at one point. He says it tells him 53% is used by screen, 45% app (44% "app combined cpu"). He tells me he has lowered the screen brightness. He typically has cell data and bluetooth off but wifi on. 1.5hrs of screen on draining 50% of his battery??? is that even possible? He tells me that my mom's phone doesnt do much better and will maybe last 5hrs. Their phones are completely stock from project fi. I'm trying to explain to them how to take a screen shot of the battery settings screen.
 

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Really? I see reviews where they are able to play a video for 6 hours. I figure this would be far worse than taking photos for 1.5hrs. I'll try to get more info (ie. number of photos) and the actual battery graph
Taking pics would do a decent amount of drain especially if you do HDR+ on all the time like I do.

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Really? I see reviews where they are able to play a video for 6 hours. I figure this would be far worse than taking photos for 1.5hrs. I'll try to get more info (ie. number of photos) and the actual battery graph
Playing a video is the least cpu intensive task, taking pics requires power for the camera. I'm just saying but I guess if the only did that it could make sense...
 

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    I think the best test without actually having the phone yet is to compare the battery life of the Nexus 5X to the original Nexus 5 of 2013 under the same test conditions.

    The Ars Technica test showed the Nexus 5 getting 400 minutes and the Nexus 5X getting 548 minutes using the same test. That is a 37% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

    The Phone Arena test showed the Nexus 5 getting 4 hr 50 min and the Nexus 5X getting 6 hr 25 min using the same test. That is a 33% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

    Nexus 5 battery life (Ars Technica):
    http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Nexus-5-review.012.png

    Nexus 5X battery life (Ars Technica):
    http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conte...view-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg

    Nexus 5 battery life (Phone Arena):
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Golden-middle-our-Nexus-5-battery-life-test-is-here_id49127

    Nexus 5X battery life (Phone Arena):
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Nexus-5X-battery-life-test-results-are-out_id74852


    Based on those comparisons I'd expect the Nexus 5X to get about 35% better battery life compared to the Nexus 5 during actual usage. When I first got my Nexus 5 I was getting just barely 4 hours screen on time. At a 35% increase the Nexus 5X should get like 5.5 hours screen on time.

    I can live with that. Plus, stand by time should be improved with Doze.

    My Nexus 5X is coming late next week. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
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    No need to do a complete drain and full charge cycle on modern batteries. That's a relic from old times. Actually it's best not to let the battery drain completely.

    Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk
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    Hi

    Do any of you feel that having ambient display on will hurt the battery. I've held my phone upside down (like it would be in my pocket) and I can shake the phone and get the screen on. So, I'm wondering how often it's turning on in my pocket.

    From what I can tell when the phone is covered ambient display doesn't come on as the proximity sensor knows it is covered up, try it with your hand over the sensor and pick up the phone, no ambient display, so no it will not turn on in your pocket, happy days. :D

    Regards

    Phil

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    Hi

    I'm not understanding how ambient display works anyway given the display is lcd. Highly inefficient no?

    Sent from my D5803 using Tapatalk

    Ambient display is nothing new, you used to be able to set Android phones to turn the display on when a notification came through yonks ago, the only difference today is they can optimise the power draw on AMOLED displays by making it all black with white text, add features like pick up to wake etc.

    For an LCD display you are correct in that ambient display uses the same power as if the screen was full on, but it is only on for a few seconds so overall isn't going to make very much difference, and if it is on a desk or table and we can see the notification isn't important, we've saved some power anyway from not going into the phone and reading it. I'm pretty sure as well doze mode will turn off ambient display, so it's not lighting up at night when the phone has been idle for a while and we are unlikely to be with it, plus it doesn't operate when it's in a pocket or covered case.

    If we say ambient display is on for 4 seconds and it gets triggered 100 times a day (unlikely for most), that's around 7 minutes taken from our screen on time, so probably not noticeable overall, but if that has saved us turning on the phone and reading irrelevant messages some of the time, we've probably broken even or gained some.

    Just enjoy the feature I say and not worry about battery power.

    Regards

    Phil
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    I find it pretty disappointing. Mine is coming next week but if that's the kind of battery life if get I'll likely send it back. Can't even managed a full 4 hours of real usage?

    Wow. I'd suggest cancelling the order now. Ended up with almost 4.5 hours of SOT, and it far exceeds my expectation.

    Really not sure what I would be doing to need more SOT. It's a phone.
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    150 nits is how much on the brightness scale? 50%?

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    PA showed the display on the 5X to have 487nits. So maybe 150 is about 31%?