LG Nexus 5 is Slow? How to Speed up for Better Performance in 6 Minutes

by Ramesh Adapa 5

Ever since Nexus devices has launched there was a huge response from the Android users as they love to use them. LG released Nexus 4 which was said to be the first Android device which got equipped with 4.2 Android Jellybean updated version. Then we have seen Nexus 5 which is known to be the successor of Nexus 4 and is the first device to get Android 4.4 Kitkat.

The same manufacturer then released Nexus 5X, which runs with Android Marshmallow 6.0. All of the LG Nexus devices have seen success in the Smartphone market, and now we are going to share few tips for boosting up the performance of the LG Nexus 5 device. In fact, all the Nexus devices work effectively, but as the usage increases, the performance gets lagged. Same is the case with this device and so by following few precautions and making some changes in settings, you can easily speed up the device for better performance, and that can be done just in 6 minutes.

Check for Software Update

The known fact is that Nexus 5 comes with the Android 4.4 Kitkat version and later Android 5.0 Lollipop started rolling out for this device. As of now, every device got this latest Lollipop update and was running successfully. So, first of all, you need to do is to check for the latest update on your device. Few OTA’s will be released by the manufacturer to fix the minor bugs on your device so as to enhance the functionality of the phone.

So, check for the available updates under the ‘About Phone’ section in settings and if you find any latest updates, then download and install the same. As it can be upgradable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the user needs to check and get it so as to improve the device performance.

Use Developer Options

‘Developer Options’ is the most prominent feature in the latest Android devices as with this extra feature; the users can optimize the performance of the phone. But, by default you cannot see these options and so all you need to do is, tap seven times on the ‘Build Number’ under ‘Settings>About Phone.’ Once enabled, you can able to see the ‘Developer Options’ under ‘Settings.’

Tap on these options to access the extra features and scroll down to find the Window Animation Scale, Transition Animation Scale, and Animator duration scale. By default, all these will be pointing to 1X, so turn them off or reduce the point to 0.5X. By doing this, you can see the immediate change in performance of the device. You can revert to the old settings by reversing the process at anytime.

Uninstall Apps and Clear Cache

Most of the Android devices come with the pre-installed apps and few among them will be bloatware which causes the over-heating and battery-draining issues. So, first of all, find out such apps from your device and uninstall them. Also, you may have downloaded few other apps from the play store which can be unnecessary. We advise you to recheck the downloaded list of your apps and remove the useless apps from the device so as to improve the functionality of the phone.

Another thing that should be done by the users is to clear the app cache. Open each app from the ‘App Manager’ and tap on ‘Clear Cache’ option to remove the cache which gets stored in the apps. Once the cache is cleared, you will have some free storage space which helps in smooth performance of the phone.

Don’t use Widgets and Live Wallpapers

Widgets and Live Wallpapers may help you to perform certain tasks and may enhance the beauty of the screen. But the deal is that, if you use more widgets, then they may eat away the processor and cause the performance issue. So, we advise you not to use the widgets and if at all you need them then limit the number to just one or two.

Also, try to use normal wallpapers and screensavers which give beauty to your screen instead of using Live Wallpapers. This will save the processor time and, in turn, helps to boost up the performance of the device.

Wipe Cache Partition

To speed up your device functionality, you may need to perform wipe cache partition, and this can be done through recovery mode. To enter the recovery mode, just follow up your device manual. Usually, it is done by holding Volume Down and Up buttons along with the power buttons at the same time until the phone turns ON. Now, you need to highlight he ‘Recovery’ by pressing the Volume Down button twice. Using power button, you have to start the ‘Recovery Mode’ where you can see the Android robot image with red exclamation mark. Now, by holding the power button, press and release the volume up button.

In here, use the volume buttons for scrolling up and down and power button for confirming the selection. Now, select and confirm ‘Wipe Cache Partition’ and when the process is done, go with ‘Reboot system Now.’ The device gets rebooted, and now all the cache gets cleaned away from your device.

Factory Reset

If you fail to optimize the performance of the phone using above methods or if your Nexus 5 is still functioning slow, then you can perform the factory reset. It will erase entire data from the phone and so it is advised to take the backup of data before proceeding any further. Now, you can perform the factory reset by opening, ‘Settings>Backup & Reset> Factory Data Reset>Reset Phone>Erase Everything’, once done, go for the option of ‘reboot’. That’s all; now you will have a brand new device in your hand.

Another way to perform factory reset is by recovery mode. Follow the steps mentioned above to get into the recovery mode and then select and confirm, ‘Wipe data/Factory Reset’ and then ‘Yes- erase all user data.’ Now everything gets erased from the device and after the completion of the process, select and confirm, ‘Reboot System Now.’

Few More Tips

Other than the above, if you follow few simple precautions, you can speed up the device performance. Always make it a habit of turning off the WiFi and Bluetooth connections when not in use. Try to adjust the brightness and rotation of the screen manually. Also, do not try to perform multi-tasking on the phone (opening various apps at a time), as it may hang the phone. Always use the original charger for charging the device as duplicate charger may drain the battery sooner.

If you are facing any other performance issue with your LG Nexus 5 device, then feel free to write us down under the comments section below, as we try to resolve the issue for you.

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  • Bob

    I have Nexus 5 (2013), upgraded to Marshmallow with the latest security patch. There are no performance problems. It’s still a great phone. The version of Marshmallow for Nexus 5 includes data encryption as an option, but I believe it would be criminally insane to use it, because the hardware wasn’t designed for it. I’ve read that there is a 25 percent performance loss if you encrypt a Nexus 5, and that may be an understatement. The phone doesn’t have great audio hardware, but a Google Chromecast Audio device (US$35, 2 for US$55) will let you play Google Music and other streaming audio through a srereo using your phone as the remote control but not playing the music through the phone. The Chromecast Audio makes its own wifi connection.

    By contrast, I have a 2012 Nexus 7 tablet, and the upgrade from Jellybean to KitKat ruined it.

    • Bob

      Correction. It was the upgrade from Kitkat to Lollipop that ruined the Nexus 7 (2012).

  • hadtojointopost

    Is this article from 2013? I am running 6.0.1on my Nexus 5 as well. I have no problems. Phone is just as fast as when I got it on release day. I have not upgraded yet as I cannot find anything I like to replace it. If you own a Nexus 5 you be laughing like I am at this article.

  • Woodnote(hulone_)

    A very helpful article for those own nexus 5

  • Jeremy Wong

    Fix my nexus 5 performance issue, using above solutions but not factory restore. 🙂