Nexus 6 Camera Lag

After the Android Marshmallow update, I was facing this weird Nexus 6 camera lag. Also when I was scrolling the comments on youtube my nexus 6 used to lag. I was looking for it’s when I figured out that many users are also facing similar problems. Some people have reported that orange lines appear on the screen while taking pictures in sun. And when they try to take number of pictures at a time the capture button is grayed out and it does not allows to take more pictures.

Nexus 6 is one of the most loved Android smartphone in the market. This camera lag is common issue for most of the users. While looking into the issue, I figured out that the camera lag usually arises while taking HDR pictures. and the capture button grays out when the system has to process the already taken pictures. I also noticed that if I am using camera on my nexus 6 and I switch to another app without closing it then the phone lags.

Note: This guide also works for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

How to Fix Nexus 6 Camera Lag:

This issue was not present in the Android Lollipop. So it is prominent that the issue is in Marshmallow. I have compiled some tips that will help you out to fix Nexus 6 camera lag. Try them out and let me know if it works out for you guys. Worked fine for me.

  1. First of all Turn off the GeoTagging. Go to Settings and turn off the Save Location.
  2. Clear App Cache. Goto Setting > App Manager > Select Camera App > Clear Cache.
  3. Remove the Camera App from Battery Optimisation.
    • Goto Settings -> Battery ->Battery optimization (It’s present at the top right corner of screen.)
    • Select Camera and tap on don’t optimise.

Note:If you take a picture on your Nexus 6 and it shuts down the phone then see this guide for its solution.

Now if nothing works out from all the above solutions. Clear Cache Partition. If you don’t know how to clear cache partition of Nexus 6 follow the below steps. Also know that clearing cache doesn’t deletes data present in your phone.

Steps to clear cache of Nexus 6:

  • First of all turn off your Nexus 6.
  • Now press and hold Volume down and Power button. Release the buttons when you see Android laying on its back and large box on the top.
  • Now use volume button to navigate to Recovery menu. (Press volume down button twice and you will see recovery menu written in that box.)
  • Press Power button to select.
  • Now your phone will reboot. Hold on till you see an android figure in the background.
  • Now press and hold power button and tap volume up button.
  • Now you will see number of options on the screen. Use Volume button to navigate to Wipe Cache Partition.
  • Use power button to select it. Now Cache partition will be wiped. It will take some time. Don’t freak out and don’t forcefully restart your phone it will cause your phone to get into boot loop. Wait for like 10-15 minutes you will get a message on the screen that cache partition successfully formatted.

Nexus 6 Camera Lag

That’s all on how to fix Nexus 6 Camera Lag. If your nexus 6 is still lagging then, go for factory reset. It is proven solution for every software related problem. Factory reset will delete all data present in your phone. So before proceeding further make a backup of your data using this guide . One benefit of factory reset is that it will make your phone fresh as new and it will eliminate all the problems and glitches from your phone.

If you have any issues of queries regarding the above guide. Let me know in the comments. Your feedback is appreciated, so let us know in the comments about the above guide and did it worked out for you as well or no? If you have some other solution to fix Nexus 6 camera lag issue. Do share with us.

  • Evgeniy

    Thanks a lot! This really helped me with my Nexus 6 (geo location off, battery optimisation off, case cleaning)
    Now camera works without any lags.

    • I am happy this worked out for you. If you need any further assistance. Feel free to contact.

  • Anonymous

    You know what? It’s still lagging despite everything mentioned here I’ve tried 🙁

  • Ram

    You know what? It’s still lagging despite everything mentioned here I’ve tried

    • I dont know man. Try factory resetting your phone. for me it worked. Thats why I put it up for public. so everyone can make use of this trick.

    • Chris H

      Alright, let’s stop with all the “reset your phone” nonsense. That’s not going to fix it and if you think it did you’re sadly mistaken. If you want a true solution, look for Camera NX v 5.4.1 ARM NOZSL. It is considerable faster with next to no lag. It’s still the Google Camera app but optimized and tweaked to stop the lag.

  • Anonymous

    Close Facebook Messenger. That kills my camera until closed.

  • Goran

    I did all this and I see a moderate improvement.

    My problem is the speed of taking photos in whatsapp or fb messenger (from the time you press “take photo” until it appears in a whatsapp chat)… my Nexus 6 lags my Nexus 5 – approximately: 4 seconds vs 1.5 seconds.

    Checked on Nexus 5 and, battery optimization is ON, so is photo location… and still it is faster (whatsapp photos)

    • sc77

      I have exactly the same problem, have you found a fix ?

  • Anonymous

    Nothing, no difference for me. 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the help.

  • Dave

    I think a huge issue is the updates the Nexus 6 received. It’s not the camera app per-say, but the operating system is getting bigger and more bloated than the nexus 6 can digest and run perfectly smooth. Im almost considering rolling the OS back a generation.

    The HDR quality is fantastic in the default camera app but there are alternatives to consider. Seriously give ‘CAMERA FV-5’ (app) a try. It’s as professional as a camera app can get, it runs pretty fast too. Currently Im using Android 7 on the Nexus 6, and FV-5 runs fast BUT there’s no apparent way to capture HDR with this app unless you do it manually.

  • Raju Ponnada

    I’m using nexus 6 mobile. Mobile problem is I take a video OIS not working it’s my phone problem or not…..?

  • Liron Kagan

    factory reset don’t Do the trick
    I try it. Its happen when I try to take pictures
    The camera work so Damm slow
    Nexus 6 nuget

  • Dave

    Wiping the cache partition did the trick for me. Thanks for posting!