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Replacing the Battery in a Nexus 5

A few years since purchase, the battery in my daughter’s Nexus 5 was, shall we say, ready for replacement (it was fully draining within a couple of hours). Although without an officially replaceable battery, replacing it isn’t too difficult.

In preparation, I purchased 2 things – a new battery and a phone repair kit, the total costing less than £14.

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Using Google’s Wi-Fi Assistant

Available for sometime in the USA, Google’s Wi-Fi Assistant has made its way to the UK for those people with Nexus devices.

In a nutshell, Wi-Fi Assistant, when switched on, will automatically connect you to approved public Wi-Fi hotspots whenever you’re in range. For security they have to be Google approved but, also, it runs everything through a VPN.

Chances are, even if you’ve not realised it, you have the option available to you. When 3 other people in the office (2 with a Nexus 6P and 1 with a Nexus 5X) all had it, a quick reboot of my phone added it to my own. After a while, if you don’t switch it on, you may get a pop-up about it but it’s easy to miss.

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The quickest way to get Android 7.0 Nougat on your Nexus

If you have a recent Nexus device (Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or Pixel C) and you can’t wait for the OTA of Android 7.0 Nougat, then there are lots of ways to do involving rooting your phone, sideloading, etc, but there is a very quick and easy way to do it without resorting to that.