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Experiencing Issues With Your Galaxy Nexus After Updating to 4.2.2?

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Ever since Verizon approved the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Nexus and Google started pushing it out, our inbox has filled up with users who are running into all sorts of issues. The most common appears to be battery life, but others are noticing issues with Bluetooth audio, the camera, tethering, and more. While we aren’t yet aware of specific fixes for each, in most cases, Verizon is actually recommending that you perform a factory reset.

I know that sounds like the worst option, since it wipes your phone of every last setting, but it may do the trick, especially if you are experiencing horrific battery life. The Bluetooth audio fixes on the other hand were supposed to be included in 4.2.2, but there is still a running AOSP thread that suggests a different scenario.

If a factory reset doesn’t work, you can also flash the 4.2.2 factory images that were released today.

Are you experiencing issues? If so, what are they? Have you tried a factory reset yet?

  • sc4fpse

    Good thing Verizon took their time with their testing process for the update! It clearly made this update a great experience for everyone. /s

  • The bluetooth issue is horrible. I lose connection to my Pebble all the time and never know it. Anyone know if a factory reset of the phone will help that?

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      No, won’t help, Bluetooth is a known issue in the google changelog and not gnex specific.

  • Pdiddy187

    My rig runs pretty well. I don’t use bluetooth. Shiny + lean kernel + Nova

  • Charles Roberts

    I have had no problems. Battery life was already substandard. 4.2.2 has been a big improvement overall. Very pleased

  • 2 hour battery life, no SMS, stupid hot, apps like Maps showing 41% of battery usage when I had not even opened it.

    I reset the phone and it has been okay. Took this as an opportunity to rebuild my interface with Action Launcher and pare back to the Apps I am actually using (went from 107 to 48…for now)

    I still think VZW was utterly incompetent in pushing an update that breaks phones. They delay the Google updates because they need to “test” it and it appears that “testing” is usless.

    • Dr Watson

      Same issues plus wifi disconnects got worse.

      Since I rooted my phone, I found one solution that works quite well as far as battery issues and running hot goes:

      added the following line to build.prop

      #improve battery under no signal

      battery lasts much longer and the phone no longer runs hot when the signal is weak. Incidentally. I have noticed the battery drain gets worse when running with weak CDMA (non-LTE) signal.

      Hope that helps.


    Some of my apps, like groupme and facebook don’t give me notifications anymore. Pretty much just text and email.

    Performance definitely feels laggy

  • Ryan

    This is what happens when everyone complains that they want an update right now and cant wait.

  • I mean, Verizon always says to factory reset your device. For whatever the reason is, it’s annoying to hear that. “Oh your messaging app doesnt work right? We suggest wiping out your phone.” “Oh, your device won’t update? Wipe it out and talk to us after.”

    • Detonation

      Unfortunately that’s because its the cheapest, one size fits all solution for them – they’re not going to spend extra time troubleshooting a specific issue when they can just have the user reset it and accomplish the same thing. My campus tech support was the same way. “Oh, you have a problem with your email? Here we’ll re-image your laptop for you”

  • PSU_DI

    This is the last article I expected on DL, I guess VZW still can’t get things right even with there months of testing. I run Shiny’s AOSP rom which is built directly from source. It’s supposed be the equivant of the OTA minus the VZW bloat.

    I can tell you that 4.2.2 has dramatically IMPROVED my battery life, On 4.1.2, I could get through most of the day, but always needed a charger handy. Now I can leave work after a full day and still have over 50% battery life left. Battery life is always phone/user dependent but Google did fix a major GPS wake lock issue in 4.2.2 and I believe this is why my life has improved, people that don’t leave gps on probably won’t notice this improvement.

    Also Google switched to an New bluetooth Stack in 4.2.1, this caused a lot of issues with older bluetooth hardware, In 4.2.2 it’s better but still not 100% compatible Users coming from stock 4.1.2 could be seeing this new incompatibility issues.

    One last thing to note, 4.2.2 does have a little lag compared to 4.1.2. It’s usually caused because the phone is low on available ram, and isn’t killing apps fast enough or you’ll notice an app like facebook constantly restarting the service which brings everything to a halt. A weird quirk/fix is to simple run a live wallpaper. people claim it fixes the slow down. ,I’m not sure why, but it’s worked for me before.

    Also all of these issues are not exclusive to the Gnex, they affect every device running 4.2.2

  • To update I decided to restore from CM10 back to 4.1.1 … THEN do the factory update to 4.2.2.

    Did this a week ago and I swear I get better bat life. The UI is slick has no lag. And i now get 4G at my house (when I didn’t before). I do use the Nova Launcher and I am rooted.

    • I also blu tooth connect to My Ford Sync and have no issue (stream audio and phone calls)

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        I use the dodge equivalent unconnect…….not willing to go to 4.2 to find out and not be able to make it work again, love that streaming google play and audible.

        • PSU_DI

          Yeah, uconnect, is interesting… How old is the vehicle? More than likely you’ll need to take it to the dealer and have a firmware upgrade done for uconnect, it’ll make it compatible with more devices. I have a Jeep and my uconnect is fine, but I’ve read other chryslers mainly pre-2010 models have some issues with 4.2.2

          • thegreatcorntrollio

            2012 works great now with phone 4.1.1
            The genius of great developers is NOT to break things that work

          • thegreatcorntrollio

            They need to put blueZ back and use Broadcom too? You can’t just break a whole standard and expect all the vendors to have fixed it retroactively? What year is your jeep? My hemi challenger is 2012, I’m assuming when I move to 4.2 it will work fine?

  • Mine was running hot and training the battery. After putting up with it for a day, I did a factory reset. It works beautifully now.

  • I traded mine for a toaster.

  • Chris King

    make sure you disable tilt in Chrome because it uses battery even when you’re not using Chrome

  • SamNumer

    My battery life got horrible and the phone was always hot for a bit, but I noticed that my “corporate email” was using a huge amount of battery. I closed my account and recreated it, and all has been normal since.

  • Jim McClain

    4.2.2 by way or BAMF 3.1……No problems at all. 🙂

  • SD_Scott

    I’ve definitely noticed a weaker signal… Every since I updated the radios I get crap 4G service and only 2-3 bars on 3G.

  • Bauce40

    Verizon pushed out this update way too early. Didn’t do enough testing on it apparently. LOL

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I really need to factory reset to fix my battery life 🙁

  • Elliot Gardner

    Why would you not just factory reset? Installing apps and logging in again is not that big of a deal. If you have owned the phone since it came out and haven’t factory reset yet, it’s about time!

    I use custom roms so I’m used to this, it’s pain less and you’ll end up getting rid of apps you never use.

    • NexusMan

      I ended up doing just that, but it’s a pain for someone like me because I have soooo many apps and sooo many customizations, that it’s just time consuming to set everything back up the way I want it…especially when I know I’m gonna have to do it all over again in a few months when I buy a brand new phone.

  • joejoe5709

    Battery life will suck one day and then not so bad the next. Idling, it’s fantastic 1% or less and hour. But talking on the web or talking on the phone can take 1% or more every couple minutes. It’s ridiculous.

  • Shaggy723

    After having both the Verizon gnex and the gsm version, I can honestly say that Verizon version is a turd. I never have of these issues with my gsm gnex, sorry guys.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Not according to the changelog. Bluetooth is a known cross platform issue

      • Shaggy723

        Hmm, haven’t used the Bluetooth yet on my gsm gnex since upgrading to 4.2.2 whenever Goggle originally sent out the update. Oh well. My phone runs flawlessly and I get almost 2 days worth of battery life. Again, sorry to hear about all of the trouble guys.

    • NexusMan

      My friends on GSM tell me the same thing.

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    Question: Does factory reset zap all pictures and apps and everything? Or does it just put settings to stock?
    Sounds like Bluetooth bugs, which are critically for me in the car, are in all versions.

    • JoshGroff

      You would lose app data and what not, but music/pictures/etc stay.

    • thefullritz

      reset wipes everything……

    • Elliot Gardner

      No, it does not zap pictures or anything on “external storage”. Apps, contacts, etc. yes.

      • thegreatcorntrollio

        On iOS all that stuff is stored on iTunes…….do we have an analogue to restore all the apps and files after the reset?

        • Jwhap

          Upload pics to Google+

  • Hazadriel

    Battery life is worse, hesitation between launching any app or pressing a button, random reboots(did not happen before) to name a few.

  • Allan Marshall

    The battery was horrible to begin with. I can’t even imagine how how bad it is after the update… I liked the phone, but 7 hour battery life wasn’t my thing. I sold it several weeks ago.

  • Rigoberto

    Well if you’re on stock, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. -credit goes to DDevito, KingRodeoJones, and Tim242

  • jwthrush

    I didn’t want to wait for Verizon to push the update so I had to unlock my bootloader to flash it. My battery life actually appears to have improved and I’ve had 0 issues so far.

    • Havoc70

      Same here, although not using the Nexus as my primary anymore since i got the Note II

  • Had the OTA on Tuesday and got 90 minutes on a fully charged battery and the screen got extremely hot. My GNEX already has the charge bolt of death(charge blot stays on and won’t charge the battery) so I have three batteries and an external charger. When I check the battery usage my screen is in 30% or more and the phone is in standby mode most of the time. I don’t have my work email hooked up so that wasn’t the problem(disabled exchange anyways). Somehow I managed to get 12 hours on my extended battery last night and the fresh standard battery I put in 3 hours ago is almost dead.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Force quit the exchange app.

      • I disabled it the other day and it didn’t help. It wasn’t even active according to the battery logs.

        • thegreatcorntrollio

          There is another app called widgets hd? That one is supposed to be trouble too, do you have that?

          • Not anymore. I deleted it last night I think.

  • diamonddave242

    all the above….and it’s seems there is some laging…like it moves slower when in the menu.

  • Scott

    My power button didn’t respond all the time and battery life was awful. Last I checked, it was 45 minutes of on-screen time. I needed charge it at the end of a 30 minute train commute. Just did a factory reset a few hours ago, hopefully that’ll fix some of the issues. Is it me or is Google getting buggier?

    • FWIW – I have this issue on 4.1

      • RatGirl

        I had the same issues on 4.1 and with the update. After wiping the phone and reinstalling, I still had the issue. I spoke with Verizon and they sent me out a replacement phone. Battery life is awesome now!

    • Michael

      So did that reset help?

  • Jason Kahn

    My Battery has been even worse than usual I’M talking fully charged to dead in under an hour, thats with a brand new extended battery, the camera spends more time crashing than actually taking pictures. Watching any kind of video causes the home screen to have to redraw. The bluetooth actually works great, and 4G reception has been absolutely Horrendous, I can’t hold a signal outdoors in Manhattan, and indoors I can barely hold onto 3G. I have done the full factory reset twice. I thought Verizon had a strict approval process, obviously they have absolutely no idea what they are doing.

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Exchange app. Force quit that. Apparently 4.2 is bad on all carriers, stuff re-broken. Verizon was waiting to protect us I think…….didn’t wait long enough…..

      • Jason Kahn

        Yeah i forgot that as a bug exchange is a no go, but I think that’s a general issue across all android phones

  • thegreatcorntrollio

    I’m sticking with 4.1.1
    Works very well, nothing I need with the 4.2.2, except that sexy new clock, omg, how ugly.
    My gf and I bought a pair on the day they came out with ics, they sucked, somewhere along the line the phones started to work nicely, 4.0.4?
    She upgraded, I didn’t . Hers is clunky and funky, less bars too in same places, not getting on wifi and other glitches.
    I disabled notifications in google framework but the thing periodically alerts me until I clear it again……..
    Plus I think it hits me 89 mb every time so after a month of not upgrading I might reach data limits just on that junk……what to do? I use bt streaming a lot, hear that’s a big issue too, not willing to ruin a working phone to find out.

  • Zach Armstrong

    I have yet to do a factory reset but the main thing I’m experiencing is keyboard and camera lag.

  • MichaelFranz

    i heard a lot of bluetooth audio fixes are with the 3.4 kernel version but you need a 3.4 rom to work with a 3.4 kernel, and 3.0 roms will not work with it. Not sure if the BT audio is just crap or it doesn’t work at all

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      It works perfectly on 4.1.1
      I listen to audible and google play , pandora etc in the car and its awesome how it answers calls, pauses, and plays after and is controlled on my steering wheel, not willing to lose that for camera gimmick and ugly clock…..

      • MichaelFranz

        thats the only thign that sucks is i never back up system data on my phone even if it is just bluetooth, so i have to set my car up all the time. havent odne it yet with 4.2.2 on my GS3. I know the nexus is entirely different but i know 4.2.2 still has some bluetooth audio issues. hearing great things about the 3.4 kernel that should bring vats improvements just needs some stability.

  • BTLS

    Camera is painfully slow at rotating, and often crashes…

    side note, is there no longer a zoom control? I rarely use it as I know it’s crap digital zoom, but I did need it the other day, go figure…

    • Pinch to zoom

    • Jonathan Berry

      Zoom is still there, but you have to use pinch-to-zoom.

  • Yes, the battery life is indeed an issue, the prior update of 4.1.x also had it and boot up issues also. I was planning on doing a factory reset since that seem to fix the battery issue with the 4.1.x update. I’ll be doing factory reset on my phone this weekend.

  • mgamerz

    Bluetooth is still partially broken in 4.2.2 even on the GSM version, it’ll drop and reconnect for no apparent reason.

    • Mike_Cook7

      I also noticed this and was able to reproduce it. If I connect my BT headset then hit the power button on the phone to shut off the screen *Poof* Connection lost. If you don’t hit the power button within a minute of the screen going off I would get the disconnect. Seems like a power saving issue to me. (he maybe that is why my battery drain isn’t that bad lol)

      using: Plantronics Discovery 975

      • mgamerz

        Mine works with the screen off. But when switching between 4G/3G is when it seems to disconnect most often, which is sadly quite often (the radio seems to suck)

  • Only issue I’ve seen so far was location services not working even though they were all enabled maps said they were off. Uninstall and reinstall of maps fixed it.

  • Brandon Golway

    I’ve been running an AOSP ROM with the newest radios for a few weeks now and the only problems that I see are slow network speeds but that could be due to my area. Battery life is average.

    • Adam Metzner

      I don’t think you apply here. They are talking about the Verizon OTA.

  • Liderc

    Mine seems to be having a little bit of lag, and I hate to even say lag, it’s more like i do something and there’s a short delay but not a stuttering type of lag, just like I tough the power button and it’s like 1 second then turns off.

    • Too much butter in 4.2.2

      Now it’s project lethargic.

    • JasonIvers

      I’m seeing that when I hit the home button.

    • joejoe5709

      I occasionally have lag after installing a month or two of nightlies. A fresh install usually does the trick for me.

    • richard melcher

      Lag is my biggest problem. Battery life is horrendous also but I figured that was just my old phone. I’m experiencing all of these problems and am having a terrible user experience but never though it was due to 4.2.2

    • ceejw

      I think the lag is coming largely from increased ram usage. On 4.1 my phone would have around 350MB of ram free if it was just sitting idle. One 4.2 it never seems to have more than around 90MB. The easiest way to tell when you ram is being maxed out is when theres a long delay for it to respond when you press the home button or your homescreen completely redraws.

  • nick s

    been running roms with latest android for awhile now and battery life has seen better days and getting sleep of deaths when using blue tooth audio with data on.

  • For those who use HD Widgets, make sure you get the most recent update– I had an issue with my GNex on 4.2.2 with the prior version where it was apparently constantly crashing and restarting in the background, causing CPU usage to be constantly at 100%, meaning it only lasted ~1 hr on battery.

    • kaufkin

      Ditto! and on CM (Nightly and most recent montly) HD Widgets still causes issues. I removed it, and had a noticeable improvement. (tracked w/ System Monitor Lite). in a day or 2, I’ll re-install. very responsive dev however, so I’d expect a fix may already be out that I’m not aware of….

    • Cory Larson

      Yes. This. I uninstalled it completely yesterday and today I’ve had at least double the battery life. 9.5 hours on battery (extended) and still sitting at a happy 69% remaining.

      • SOMFW

        9.5? Why do you people report standby time?? It’s meaningless. the only thing that matters is actual Screen on time or to a lesser extent, Talk time. My phone lasts 133 hours, but it was in a drawer with all radios turned off and in airplane mode. See the point?

        • Cory Larson

          In my case my phone is usually sitting around with the screen off all day, so in hindsight I could have better explained that I was comparing standby time to standby time with and without HD widgets installed. I don’t know what it does while the screen’s off but it certainly wasn’t nothing — hopefully just a bug. Point taken, though.

  • Ben McDonald

    Actually, mine seems to be working better than ever. I did do a factory reset (It was time, things were getting a little cluttered in there after so many custom rom installs…)

    Signal seems to be stronger, battery life is WAY better so far… I was only getting 6hrs or so w/ extended battery, not im going on 5 with around 70% left.

  • MikeD675

    No problems for me.

  • techie_1

    I did a factory reset when I first upgraded to 4.2.2. Haven’t had a single issue. Battery life has been about as good as it can be for a galaxy nexus.

  • Jdksmnc

    Yeah, my battery is horrible! Oh wait

    • The only good thing about this phone is that its performance is consistent; consistently bad. Mind boggling what you guys deal with to have the “pure Android” experience.

      • PhillipCun

        LOL. What is better? Touchwiz? ROFL

        • So you’re saying the GNex > Galaxy Sx? Please.

          • Capt. Crunch

            That’s an unfair comparison. If yu want to compare similar handsets it should be Galaxy Nexus> Galaxy S II

          • I believe that’s exactly what he’s saying. =)

      • I have zero issues with my gnex. my wife’s experience is the same.

        • NexusMan

          I’m guesing you don’t have the Verizon one? I must say, that my friends who have the T Mobile version have zero problems aso, and my friend who has the Verizon one like me, had the problems I have.

          • kstrickland05

            I have zero issues with my Verizon one. My dad as well.

          • nope. Both are Verizon. Mine is from launch and wife’s is a later variant that I forgot did have a reception issue for a week before the update came out that fixed it with a new radio. Other than that, no issues here.

            I guess batter life could be longer, but for an early LTE device its fine and I almost get a day out of it. Usually plug in late in day well after getting home. But reception, speed, camera, gps, bluetooth (I use often), and so on all work perfectly as far as I can tell.

      • NexusMan

        I’m dealing with it until something worthy comes out…and my contract expires.

      • kstrickland05

        I’ve never had any issues with mine. Extremely happy with it since the day it was released.

    • Sirx

      Yep! If the battery is any worse after the 4.2.2, I certainly can’t see it through all of the shameful performance my battery has always put out :-/

      • Lee Woods

        Yeah that’s the one thing I didn’t notice was worse battery performace. It’s always been just terrible.

      • NexusMan

        Mine WAS in fact worse after the update.

      • cleetose

        Battery life was already pretty bad for me, about four hours of use, but has become extremely bad since the update. Now I’m getting about two hours even on standby, and it gets quite warm.

    • 4n1m4L

      I must be a minority. All the issues I was having are fixed on 4.2.2

      • Mitchman

        All of my issues have been fixed with 4.2.2 as well. My mic used to cut out on my phone calls after talking on the phone for 30 minutes, and I would have to call back so they could hear me again – works fine now.

      • michael arazan

        All my issues are fixed with 4.2 also, my settings froze every time I went to close apps for 1 and a half minutes every time I click an app, was so annoying. But I just got a Refurb from my insurance so it came with 4.1 installed so I didnt have the clutter of other os updates in the background.

  • Graham Wilson

    I had horrible battery life the first couple days along with keeping a good signal. so that wold kill my battery. Bluetooth would good in and out sometimes. But as of yesterday signal seems to be great now along with battery also. Maybe it needed sometime to sent in before everything worked like normal. foxfi force closing for some reason now also

  • 4n1m4L

    My battery life is finally decent. Rev 10 hardware.

  • Johny Merg

    I did the update, battery life seemed like it got worse, and the camera is really laggy, but photo sphere is awesome

    • camera lags when you tilt the phone from portrait to landscape and vice versa. terrible.

    • SOMFW

      Yeah it was fun for the first 5 mins, exactly how long it took to take the sphere and process it. Then when trying to view on phone, discovered it was all but worthless since you cant scroll left or right (without being extremely careful=l) or it will switch to the next pic in your gallery. Ask yourself this, would you pay that gimmick feature?

  • evcon

    I don’t seem to be having those issues (on my GSM GNex) but I’m noticing I’m not getting any Google Now cards every now and then…not even the weather card, which I never swipe away.

    • NorCalGuy

      I am not having that issue but my girlfriends GNex running AOKP nightlies is experiencing the same issue even though all the cards are turned on nothing ever appears.

      • evcon

        I’m also running AOKP (build 5) and I started noticing it yesterday. Sometimes I do get cards, though.

        • Jwhap

          I am running shiny and I noticed this too. Obviously this is a Google issue not a 4.2.2 issue

  • BulletTooth_Tony

    Factory reset? I’d rather just push the carrier reset button and leave. Some “testing” they did before they released this.

    • People complain when Verizon waits to release an update and then complains when they release it too fast. It’s a cant win for Verizon.

      • EC8CH

        how ’bout Verizon stop releasing updates altogether and leave that between the device manufactures and their customers…. WINNAR!

      • SOMFW

        You are confused. They have never released one fast. They took several months to release 4.2 – They claimed they were testing it – Which everyone with an IQ that isn’t single digit, knows they weren’t doing.The Testing verizon refers to is the end users being Guinea Pigs. Google could have pushed the original 4.2 to us the day it was released, as well as the subsequent patches to it. Verizon wont allow it and it’s not because of testing! It’s pure greed. With that said neither Google or Samsung test them either

    • thegreatcorntrollio

      Google AT&T android 4.2

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        Why? So I can see that the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 that have had 4.2.2 for several months and have further confirmation that Verizon’s testing process is garbage and just a control mechanism to keep people upgrading their phones every 20 months?

        • thegreatcorntrollio

          The testing seems to have been a failure. I’m an end user. I want products that work. I don’t care what brand they are. The AT&T version has had the same issues since 4.2
          I hope this dialogue to upgrade goes away, popping on top every five minutes is annoying

        • thegreatcorntrollio

          This phone sucked from day one, it was terrible for 5 months…….pretty good since, now would suck again if I upgraded.