Friday, January 8, 2016

Nexus 5 Battery Capacity Upgrade

Google's Nexus 5 is a great phone running vanilla Android, but it could never really hold its own in the battery department. I "upgraded" to Samsung's Galaxy S6 a few months back, but I have found myself missing the stock Android experience, so when I found my old Nexus sitting unused in my desk I got to thinking. After reading a post on Reddit about fitting the battery from LG's G2 into the Nexus 5, I couldn't resist a little side project that could breathe new life into my old phone.


  • Google Nexus 5 phone
  • LG G2 3000 battery
  • Screwdriver
  • Soldering equipment
  • Dremel and grinding bit
  • Masking tape
The stock Nexus 5 battery is 2300 mAh, whereas the G2's is 3000 mAh for about a 30% increase of capacity. Not bad, as long as we can make it fit!

The disassembly of the phone was pretty straightforward, just pop off the back plate and remove all visible screws.