How To Fix Bad Nexus Android 6.0 Battery Life

If you’re experiencing Nexus Android Marshmallow battery life issues, you’re in the right place. Here we will show you how to fix broken Android 6.0 or Android 6.0.1 battery life on Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and more.

On September 29, Google confirmed that it plans to roll out the Nexus Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to Nexus users on October 5. On October 5, Google kept its word and launched Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player.

In December, Google rolled out Android 6.0.1, which brings new features and fixes to Nexus devices. More recently, Google released a February security update. This update is still rolling out, which means we can expect complaints about the issues to pop up in the coming days and weeks.

Nexus Android 6.0 issues keep popping up and include complaints about bad Nexus Android 6.0.1 battery life. This is not surprising.

Abnormal battery drain is a common software issue and always occurs after the release date of an Android update for Nexus users.

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow battery issues are currently isolated, but we expect these issues to increase as more people download the Android 6.0 or Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update to their Nexus smartphones or tablets.

How to Fix Bad Nexus Marshmallow Battery Life

We want to help you fix your bad Nexus Android 6.0 or Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow battery life issues.

This guide provides help to get better battery life for Google’s Nexus 6, Nexus 6x, Nexus 5x, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 9.

Find Apps That Kill Your Battery

If you’re starting to notice that your Nexus phone or tablet is strangely draining the battery, the first thing you’ll want to do is start shouting at google to control your applications. While it’s easy to blame Google and Android 6.0 for your problems, chances are there’s a rogue app draining your Nexus’ resources.

The first place you’ll want to look is the Battery section of your device’s Settings. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with a powerful battery usage tool to keep track of your apps and services.

The operating system breaks down how much battery an app or service uses. Marshmallow’s battery usage tool breaks it down even more than Lollipop and lets you monitor features like camera and flashlight.

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This will allow you to monitor apps that may be using the camera too much. Snapchat is a potential culprit. Take a look at what’s draining your battery and how it’s draining your battery, then make adjustments. Disabling permissions inside an app (camera, location) can help prevent dumping.


If you can’t fix it, you’ll want to try reinstalling the app that’s causing the issues. This has worked for us and many other Android users in the past, and it’s worth a try if you’ve been able to identify the app is causing the problem.

If after reinstalling the app still works, you may need to find an alternative or better, alert the developer about the problem.

If you’re sure it’s an app that’s killing your power but can’t find which one, try starting it in Safe Mode. Safe Mode disables third-party apps and this allows you to narrow your search. Here is how to start your Nexus in Safe Mode:

  1. Make sure your device’s screen is on, then press and hold the button.
  2. Tap and hold the option in the dialog box.
  3. Tap in the dialog below to start safe mode.

(Use apps like Google Maps and Waze with caution. They tend to kill your battery life.)

Restart Your Nexus and Do It Regularly

If you haven’t restarted your Nexus smartphone or tablet in a while, try restarting it to see if it works. Press and hold the power button and then press it again to turn it back on.

You should not allow your device to turn itself off more than a few times a month. Keep it charged, reboot occasionally and your battery life can benefit from it.

Disable Unnecessary Services

If your apps are working fine and a simple restart doesn’t work, try disabling unnecessary services on your Nexus phone or tablet. Disabling connections and other services when you are not using them can save some battery life.

We highly recommend turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and cellular data when you don’t need to turn them on. You can turn them off from the Nexus’ quick settings menu, or turn them off from the regular Settings menu.


If you’re in a bad service area, try turning on Airplane Mode. Airplane Mode kills all settings of your device but can prevent draining.

When your phone or tablet is searching for a lot of connections, it can consume a lot of battery life. This is something to keep in mind if you find that your device is having trouble connecting.

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Manage Your Screen

Start managing your screen.

Your Nexus has sensors that help it determine the appropriate brightness level. Sometimes the sensors work perfectly, sometimes they don’t.

Try turning off auto brightness. To do this, go to Settings > Display and turn off Adaptive Brightness. You’ll have to manually adjust your screen’s brightness, but it’s easy to do with the toggle switch in the Quick Settings drop-down menu.

If you don’t want to deal with manually adjusting the screen brightness, you can always turn Adaptive Brightness back on.

Try Using Another Launcher

You can also try using another initialization. Although the Google Play Store is full of options Nova Launcher probably our favourite. Give it or any other launcher a try. You may notice some improvements. If you don’t think it has a big impact on your battery life, you can always go back.

Clear Your Cache Partition

If none of this works, you can take more drastic steps to fix your bad Nexus Android 6.0 or Android 6.0.1 battery life. One of these steps is to clear the cache partition.

This has had a positive impact on many Nexus users in the past and is worth a try if a quick fix doesn’t work. Here is how to clear your cache partition:

This is a involved process, so you should take some time to complete it.

Switch to Another Version of Android

If that doesn’t work, you can try to upgrade to another Android version. We’ve recently put together some instructions on how to do this, and Android Marshmallow might help you out if your battery life leaves something to be desired.

Factory Reset Your Nexus

If nothing works, you can try to factory reset your Nexus. This will delete everything on your phone or tablet, so it should only be used in dire situations after a backup of your precious files and data has been made.


put by google A comprehensive guide outlining the right way to factor reset Nexus smartphones and tablets. We recommend going there to browse the information before you take the plunge and factory reset your Nexus.

Other resources

If nothing works, you can Contact Google about a potential replacement. If you’re under warranty, you can have the company send you a new device.

Before doing that, try following another fix. Google’s Nexus Help Forums great place to start and has tons of helpful users on it XDA-Developers. If none of these tips and fixes work, have a look at them.