The Google Voice search is quite a handy feature on the phone. In fact, ever since its introduction, it has been a major helping force for people who are driving, or want to access their phones hands-free. However, the benefits of this come at a cost, and the cost is battery life. This isn’t a major problem on a lot of phones, but annoyingly the new Nexus 5X seems to suffer quite a lot from the ‘bad battery’ syndrome, and I have found that disabling the Google Voice Search helps quite a lot.
So I have prepared a little ‘how to’ on disabling it, and improving your battery life immensely.
If you would like to ENABLE it instead, please click here to read our guide on how to enable it.
Step 1: Go to your Google App
This can be done in two ways, you can either hit the ‘Google Search Bar’ on top of your home screen, or just go to the Google app via your Google Apps folder, or through the App Drawer.
Step 2: Go to Settings
This can be achieved by hitting the ‘three bars’ icon on the top left.
And then hitting Settings on the folder that appears.
Step 3: Go to ‘Voice’ Settings
Step 4: Click on ‘OK Google’ Detection
Step 5: Turn off the appropriate settings
You can turn them off for always, or just on in the Google app.
Once done, this should immensely improve your battery life.
For example, this is before I had disabled this (Google Now was active as well, then).
You can see how the OS and System are using more power than the Screen itself.
Having disabled it has immensely improved my battery life, and to be honest, I never really used it enough to actually miss it.