Android 7.0 Nougat has not reached all devices yet. Still, if you have recently purchased a Nexus or Google Pixel device, you must be enjoying the new Android OS.
It has several exciting and useful features to help you get the best out of your smartphone. This update has been available since August, and already the updated version of Android 7.1 Nougat has been released to fix the bugs and glitches faced in Nougat 7.0.
However, Pixel and Nexus users have reported some common Android 7.0 Nougat problems experienced so far. The problems are listed below, along with potential fixes.
Android 7.0 Nougat Problems and Their Potential Fixes
Problem #1: Fast battery drain
This is probably the most common issue many Android 7.0 Nougat users face. Here are the solutions.
- The primary things to do are: reduce the display brightness and screen lock time, turn off the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection while not in use, and close all the unwanted apps running in the background.
- The next step is to check if you have enabled the battery saver feature on your Pixel or Nexus device. If not, go to the battery settings menu and ensure the battery saver feature is enabled.
- Finally, look for the battery optimization option by going to Settings > Battery and tapping on the three vertical dots. It will bring the Battery optimization option. Check if any app has opted out of the battery saver feature unknowingly. Now tap on the three dots and select Reset app preferences which might fix the issue for you.
Problem #2: Ambient display issue
Another issue most Pixel Smartphone users face is the display not turning on when a notification pops up. Usually, the Pixel device does not have a wake function to show the Ambient display notification. Instead, it gets turned on only when a notification is received. Unfortunately for many users, the display does not turn on after receiving notifications.
- You can perform a factory reset by going to Settings > Back up & reset > Factory data reset and then set up the device from scratch to see if it can fix the issue. But first, backup your data.
- Another thing you can try is to get in touch with the support team and get a replacement unit. To do this, select settings and swipe left to get to the support tab.
- Finally, you can download the Ambi-turner, which will make the display light up as soon as it is lifted on hand or taken out of the pocket.
Problem #3: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth issue
Many Pixel and Nexus users are experiencing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity issues on Android 7.0 Nougat. The solutions for this problem are pretty straightforward and are listed below. However, before trying the fixes, ensure that the problem is only with your Android 7.0 Nougat. Using another device, check if you're experiencing the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth problem. If not, then the problem is with your device or OS.
- First, turn off your device, wait for a few seconds and turn it back on.
- Next, disable the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection, then enable it again.
- If those workarounds cannot fix the issue, try to forget the network and reconnect it. To do so, head towards Settings > More > Network settings reset > Reset settings.
- Finally, perform a factory reset by going to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset and choosing to erase all data. This process will erase everything on the device, so backup is necessary before performing the process.
Problem #4: Camera issue
This is an annoying issue faced by Pixel users, where the camera app starts freezing and shows purple and pink vertical lines on the screen, thus preventing the user from taking pictures. While you might choose to get a replacement screen, some workarounds are available to help you fix this problem.
- Reboot the device. This might fix the issue temporarily.
- Sometimes this happens due to a connectivity issue; you can try turning on the airplane mode or turning off the location, then check if the camera app starts working normally.
- "Open Camera" is a useful third-party camera app that has resolved the issue for many so far.
- Another useful trick is turning off the camera app's battery optimization feature and Google Photos. You can do this by going to Settings > Battery and selecting the three vertical dots.
Problem #5: Unstable app
Another common Android 7.0 Nougat issue is that some apps keep crashing. However, this is a small glitch that can be easily fixed by following the steps below.
- Uninstall the app that is causing the issue and then reinstall it.
- Also, try to clear the app cache. This will bring the app to a clean state and thus help it return to normal operating conditions.
- Lastly, perform a factory reset if none of the above options can fix the app crashing issue.
Problem #6: Random reboots
Random rebooting is another major issue faced mostly by Nexus device users; they stated that the device reboots randomly. Other Nexus 5X users have reported that their device boots up in recovery mode rather than standard mode. Some basic workarounds are listed here.
- The first thing to do is turn off the device completely, pull out the battery, wait for a few seconds and then turn it back on. This is usually a temporary fix.
- Apart from this, no other workaround has been created. You are advised to return the device to the store where you purchased it. If the device is still under warranty, replace it with another.
Problem 7: Nougat 7.0 installation issue
Users are facing issues installing Android 7.0 Nougat on their Nexus devices. This problem is specific to Nexus users as only Nexus device users have complained about it thus far; if the installation procedure gets stuck while in the process, follow the solutions below.
- First, try to restart your device.
- Another trick is to allow your battery to drain completely and then charge it 100%. Now try to install the OS on your new Nexus device.
- If that too does not work, then wipe the cache partition. Here's how to wipe the cache partition on the nexus device: Press down the Power and Volume down buttons and keep holding them until the logo appears on the screen. When a large arrow is visible on the screen, press the volume down button repeatedly until Recovery is seen in the arrow. Next, press the power button; an android with a chest open showing a red triangle with an exclamation mark should appear.
- Do not release the power button. Simultaneously, press the Volume up button. Now release the power button.
- A list of items will appear on the screen. Go to wipe cache partition and select that using the power button.
- Please wait for a few minutes and let your phone complete the process.
- Once completed, restart the device.
Problem #8: Android 7.0 Nougat charging issue
The charging issue is also a common one. Even though it is an Android 7.0 Nougat issue, users have complained about it after updating the device to the 7.1.1 version. According to some users, the charging mechanism suddenly stops working. Here are all the possible fixes for that issue.
- If you are using a third-party charger, you first need to charge your Nexus device with the original charger that came with the device. Also, if you use a stock charger, you should switch to a charger of the same voltage.
- Also, if you use a wall charger to charge your device, switch it to a USB. Charge the device from a laptop or computer.
Problem #9: Data issues
Many users have stated that they cannot use the cellular data service on their devices. While you can use Wi-Fi instead of cellular data, situations may arise where Wi-Fi is unavailable. It is therefore crucial that this issue be fixed as soon as possible. Before you contact your carrier, here are some easy workarounds you can try.
- Reboot your device. Turn off the device, wait for a few seconds and turn it back on.
- Next, put the device in airplane mode. This will turn off all connections. Afterwards, switch off the airplane mode.
- The next step is to disable your cellular data or LTE option once by going to the settings and then turning them on.
- Finally, if nothing works out for you, then perform a factory reset.
Problem #10: Android 7.0 Nougat lagging/performance issue
Developers have ensured the recent OS offers the fastest performance with various exciting features. However, if you notice the device lagging, you should perform the following steps to prevent a performance issue.
- Android 7.0 Nougat has a RAM Manager tool that lets users check what slows down the device's performance. This tool is available under Settings > Memory.
- Also, you can use another app called Qualcomm’s Trepn Profiler that keeps an eye on the device’s CPU activity.
- You can also clear the cache partition. The process is explained above; you can follow the mentioned instructions.
- If your device contains unnecessary files, photos, videos, etc., try to delete them. This will free up some memory as this generally tends to slow down the device's performance.
- Lastly, you can perform a factory reset.
So, the most common Android 7.0 Nougat problems with their solutions are listed here. If you are facing any of the above issues, follow the steps mentioned above, and your phone will return to its original condition in no time. Please note that you can also get a replacement if it is still under warranty.
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