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Charge & turn on your Nexus device

When you first get your Nexus device, the battery may not be fully charged. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as you get a chance.

Charging directions & information

To learn about charging and turning on your device, choose your phone or tablet below:

Phones

Nexus 5X
  1. Connect either end of the USB Type-C cable to the USB Type-C port on the bottom of the phone. Then connect the other end of the cable to the charger, and the charger to a power outlet.
  2. To turn the phone on, press and hold the power button on the right side for a few seconds.

     

Tips

  • The Nexus 5X uses a USB Type-C port to charge, so other Android cables and chargers may not work with your device. We recommend using the charger that came with your Nexus. 
  • If you want to use a USB Std-A charger that you already have, you'll need to get a new cable—USB Type-C to USB Std-A. However, your device will charge slower than it would with a Type-C charger.
  • You can buy additional chargers and cables from the Google Store.
  • The best power source is the charger that came with your phone. Other sources, such as a laptop, may not charge as quickly.
  • You can use your phone while charging, but your phone will charge faster when you’re not using it.

Note

  • The battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the phone.
  • The charger varies by country or region.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charger is AC 100V–240V, and the charger’s output voltage is DC 5V, 3A.
  • For best results, use the supplied charger and Type-C cable when charging your Nexus 5X.
Nexus 6P
  1. Connect either end of the USB Type-C cable to the USB Type-C port on the bottom of the phone. Then connect the other end of the cable to the charger, and the charger to a power outlet.
  2. To turn the phone on, press and hold the power button on the right side for a few seconds.

Tips

  • The Nexus 6P has a USB Type-C port for charging, so other Android cables and chargers may not work with your device. We recommend using the charger that came with your Nexus.
  • If you want to use a USB Std-A charger that you already have, you can use the USB Type-C to USB Std-A cable that came with your device. However, your device will charge slower than it would with a Type-C charger.
  • You can buy additional chargers and cables from the Google Store.
  • The best power source is the charger that came with your phone. Other sources, such as a laptop, may not charge as quickly.
  • You can use your phone while charging, but your phone will charge faster when you’re not using it.

Note

  • The battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the phone.
  • The charger varies by country or region.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charger is AC 100V–240V, and the charger’s output voltage is DC 5V, 3A.
  • For best results, use the supplied charger and Type-C cable when charging your Nexus 6P.
Nexus 6
  1. Connect the small end of the micro USB cable to the micro USB port on the bottom of the phone. Then connect the other end to the charging unit, and the charging unit to a power outlet.
  2. To turn the phone on, press the power button on the right side for a few seconds.

Tips

  • The best power source is the charging unit that comes with your phone. Other sources, such as a laptop, may not work as well.
  • You can use your phone while charging, but your phone will charge faster when you’re not using it.

Note

  • The battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the phone.
  • The charging unit varies by country or region.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charging unit is AC 100V–240V, and the charging unit’s output voltage is DC 5V, 2A.
  • Use only the charging unit and Micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 6. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your phone.
Nexus 5

Your battery will not be fully charged when you first unpack your Nexus 5. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as you get a chance.

If you’re using the travel adapter that comes with the phone, connect one end of the micro USB cable to the charger port at the bottom of the phone, and the other end to the travel adapter. Then connect the travel adapter to a power outlet.

  • The travel adapter varies by country or region.
  • Use only the travel adapter and micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 5. Using a different travel adapter or cable may damage your phone.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this travel adapter is AC 100V– 240V, and the travel adapter’s output voltage is DC 5V, 1.2A.
  • Charging your phone through a USB cable attached to another device, such as a laptop computer, takes longer than charging with a travel adapter.
  • Nexus 5’s battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the phone.
Nexus 4

Your battery will not be fully charged when you first unpack your Nexus 4. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as you get a chance.

If you’re using the travel adapter that comes with the phone, connect one end of the micro USB cable to the charger port at the bottom of the phone, and the other end to the travel adapter. Then connect the travel adapter to a power outlet.

  • The travel adapter varies by country or region.
  • Use only the travel adapter and micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 4. Using a different travel adapter or cable may damage your phone.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this travel adapter is AC 100V– 240V, and the travel adapter’s output voltage is DC 5V, 1.2A.
  • Charging your phone through a USB cable attached to another device, such as a laptop computer, takes longer than charging with a travel adapter.
  • Nexus 4’s battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the phone.
Important: If you use a wireless charger, you must use an approved model and only as directed. The Nexus 4 travel adapter may not generate enough current to power a wireless charger.

 

Tablets

Nexus 9

The battery may not be fully charged at first. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as you get a chance. To charge and turn on your device, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the small end of the micro USB cable to the micro USB port on the bottom of the tablet, when viewed from the front. Then connect the other end to the charging unit, and the charging unit to a power outlet.

  2. To turn the tablet on, press the power button on the right side for a few seconds.

  • The charging unit varies by country or region.
  • Use only the charging unit and micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 9. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your tablet.
  • The best power source is the charging unit that comes with your tablet. Other sources, such as a laptop, may not work as well.
  • The tablet charges faster when you’re not using it.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charging unit is AC 100V–240V, and the charging unit’s output voltage is DC 5V, 1.5A.
  • The battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the tablet.
Nexus 7 2013

The battery may not be fully charged at first. It’s a good idea to fully charge it as soon as you can.

Connect the micro USB cable to Nexus 7 and to the charging unit, and the charging unit to a power outlet:

  • The charging unit varies by country or region.
  • Use only the USB charging unit and micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 7. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your tablet.
  • To avoid risk of injury or damaging your device, peel the protective film from the USB charging unit and USB cable before charging the battery.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charging unit is AC 100V–240V, and the charging unit’s output voltage is DC 5.2V, 1.35A.
  • Your Nexus 7 can be charged via the USB port on a computer only when Nexus 7 is in sleep mode (screen off) or turned off. Charging through the USB port will take longer than charging with the USB charging unit.
Nexus 7 2012

The battery may not be fully charged at first. It’s a good idea to fully charge it as soon as you can.

Connect the micro USB cable to Nexus 7 and to the charging unit, and the charging unit to a power outlet:

  • The charging unit varies by country or region.
  • Use only the USB charging unit and micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 7. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your tablet.
  • To avoid risk of injury or damaging your device, peel the protective film from the USB charging unit and USB cable before charging the battery.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charging unit is AC 100V–240V, and the charging unit’s output voltage is DC 5V, 2A.
  • Your Nexus 7 can be charged via the USB port on a computer only when Nexus 7 is in sleep mode (screen off) or turned off. Charging through the USB port will take longer than charging with the USB charging unit.
Nexus 10

The battery may not be fully charged at first. It’s a good idea to fully charge the battery as soon as you get a chance.

Connect the small end of the Micro USB cable to the Micro USB port on the top left edge of the tablet, when viewed from the front. Then connect the other end to the charging unit, and the charging unit to a power outlet.

  • The charging unit varies by country or region.
  • Use only the charging unit and Micro USB cable that come with your Nexus 10. Using a different charging unit or cable may damage your tablet.
  • The best power source is the charging unit that comes with your tablet. Other sources, such as a laptop, may not work as well.
  • The tablet charges faster when you’re not using it.
  • The input voltage range between the wall outlet and this charging unit is AC 100V–240V, and the charging unit’s output voltage is DC 5V, 2A.
  • The Nexus 10’s battery can’t be removed. Don’t attempt to open the tablet.

Check how long until full charge

Learn how to check your battery level and charging status.

Troubleshooting

Other Android cables and chargers don't work

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P use USB Type-C for charging, so not all cables and chargers will work with these phones. We recommend using the charger that came with your Nexus. 

If you want to use a USB Std-A charger that you already have, you'll need a USB Type-C to USB Std-A cable. However, your device will charge slower than it would with a Type-C charger.

You can buy additional chargers and cables from the Google Store.

Other Nexus devices are compatible with standard Micro USB cables.

My device won't charge or turn on

Follow these troubleshooting steps.

My battery doesn't last long enough

To improve battery life, you can change your settings, see tips to improve battery life, or troubleshoot battery drain.

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