I plug in my Nexus 4 to a charger cable plugged into a wall outlet each night, and each morning I disconnect it.

But sometimes during the day when it's not plugged in, like today, it says "Charging - 95%", and later, it says, "Charging - 92%", and continues to discharge normally. The battery icon also shows the little lightning bolt symbol to indicate charging.

I've seen the related/similar questions but they don't match my device or situation, as far as I can tell. Since other devices have similar issues, is it a software problem?

  • What happens if you restart your phone?
    – TronicZomB
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 17:12
  • @TronicZomB That seems to work. Also, a few hours later, it seemed to have changed to the normal "discharging" status.
    – Matt
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 19:03
  • Next time this happens, go to Settings => Battery and check what app is consuming your power. Normally it should be screen 70%.
    – ott--
    Commented May 23, 2013 at 20:34
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    i am experiencing the same problem, the phone is running Android 4.3 and the charger is the MC-02A
    – xenoky
    Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 8:50
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    I have the same problem. Rebooting the phone clears the condition but the same thing happens the next day. Factory resetting the phone (any phone) is always a pain. I will consider it for the sake of seeing what happens but now that the Moto X is available and a Nexus 5 is around the corner I'll probably just upgrade my phone. I do not have time for this kind of operation. This phone is only six months old and is my second Nexus 4!
    – user41468
    Commented Sep 15, 2013 at 12:26

3 Answers 3


Either the battery is damaged or it's a software issue. You should first try to reboot the phone. If it doesn't fix it, try a factory reset.


This happens to me too. But only when leaving the screen on with full brightness, having a wifi hotspot, using location services, and playing a game at the same time. Basically, you are using more power than your charger can provide.


It wasn't really a new question. It's the same as this one but with all the mentioned precautions already in place. Plus a full power off would preclude apps from preventing a battery charge since it's not idle but off. So my contention is that these temp fixes seem t circumvent a major flaw in the system but nothing actually seems to permanently fix it. The comment is on topic it just expands the parameters a bit since we're not all experiencing the same results from many different fixes. From what I am seeing most of these fixes are temporary and don't actually fix anything they are workarounds that must be repeated often.

  • To me, this content looks like a mix of commentary and a possible answer (needs sources to back it up).
    – Firelord
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:20

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