Tip: Location access may be another cause of Nexus 7 lag

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Ever since the Android 4.2.1 update landed on the ASUS Nexus 7, there have been wide and varied reports of major lag all across the internet. In response, there have also been numerous different suggestions for fixing the problem induced by the update, including disabling Google Currents sync, clearing caches, and deleting multiple user accounts. However, even these methods didn’t eliminate lag for everyone, and many users were left still suffering with a slow tablet.

Fix Your WiFi

A new suggestion that has emerged for users still having trouble is to disable Location access in the Settings menu, especially on WiFi-only devices. Based on the past fixes, this probably won’t work for everyone, but there are a few users reporting success on Reddit, and some posts on XDA to the same effect. Since I don’t use location services on my Nexus 7 anyway, I went ahead and disabled the setting. I wasn’t experiencing lag to begin with, but so far turning off the setting hasn’t negatively affected the user experience.

Fortunately, I haven’t yet had any trouble with my Nexus 7 lagging, but if it ever starts to have a problem, I’ll already know what settings might help. In addition to turning off location settings, some threads also mention clearing up extra files to leave space on the flash memory. Whatever the cause of the problem, there are at least some ways to try to fix it. It seems odd that a singular problem could have so many different potential causes, but hopefully it is something that will be cleared up soon.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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3 thoughts on “Tip: Location access may be another cause of Nexus 7 lag

  • Avatar of gticlay
    December 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I hate the “updates” they have pushed to the N7. Is there a way to roll back to the original setup which f-ing rocked like “butta”? I’d like to see a post on that.

  • Avatar of John Freml
    December 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’ll have to try this. Even though lag usually isn’t a problem, it’s been starting to creep back on mine. Thanks for the tip!

  • Avatar of Rick
    December 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Google just needs to get on the ball and push out an update to fix this.


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