The Android Nougat update has already arrived on many devices, and whether it's Android 7.0 or 7.1, a number of users are having issues. If the Nougat update has caused problems on your device, we've got the solutions for the most common ones here.
Nougat battery drain
If your battery life has been suffering since you updated to Android Nougat, you're not alone. It may seem counter-intuitive for an update which is meant to optimize battery usage to actually cause it to drain faster, but it can sometimes be the case. Don't worry: There's a solution!
Once you've updated to Nougat, go to the Google Play Store and update all the apps on your phone so they are compatible with the new version of Android you've just installed. Then, clear the app caches and the system cache to get rid of old data. This little spring cleaning should do the trick to fixing Nougat battery life issues.
Here's the fastest way to clear the caches of all your apps at once: Go to Settings Storage Cached data, then tap OK to clear the cache of all your apps. If the problem persists, factory reset your phone (after you've backed up your data of course).
Nougat Wi-Fi connectivity problems
If your Wi-Fi connectivity has gotten noticeably spottier since installing Android Nougat, you can try turning Wi-Fi off and back on again. If that doesn't work, turn off Wi-Fi, then reboot your phone and try to check it again. If that still doesn't work, 'forget' the Wi-Fi network in question, then try reconnecting.
Nougat Bluetooth connectivity problems
Bluetooth problems are pesky, and sometimes it's hard to pin down the cause. The first thing you should try is turning Bluetooth off then on again. If that doesn't work, 'forget' the connection that's causing you trouble and try to connect it again.
Nougat cellular data issues
If you're having Nougat mobile data connectivity problems, try to switch your cellular data off then on again. If that doesn't work, restart your phone and re-enter your SIM pin code (if you have one). If your phone comes with a SIM card, you can also try removing it from the tray and re-inserting it. If all else fails, contact your carrier to see if it's a widespread issue with the Nougat update on devices sharing the same network.
Nougat random rebooting problem
If you're experiencing random reboots after the Nougat update. A number of users have experienced boot loop and random rebooting issues with Nougat. It's purely a software issue which can be fixed without having to send it out for repair. Restarting your device may fix the random restarting problem. If the issue persists after that, try clearing your app caches and data.
Nougat GPS issues
Nougat users have been complaining about GPS issues since the updates began to roll out. To fix the problem, turn off GPS, then turn it back on to get a fresh connection. If that doesn't work, try restarting your phone. Also, you can also try recallibrating your GPS, or clearing the cache of Google Maps (or whichever mapping app you use).
Calibrating your phone's compass is actually easy. Assuming you have Google Maps (who doesn't?), open the app and follow these simple steps:
If that method isn't effective, you can get the same result by moving your smartphone around in a figure 8 pattern in the air. Just open Google Maps and follow the motions in the image below - it's easy, though you may look really foolish doing it in public.
Nougat not connecting to PC
If you're having USB connectivity issues after the Nougat update, it's most likely because you haven't chosen the correct option in the settings. The default setting is USB charging mode, which means you can't see files when you plug into your PC.
When you connect your phone to your PC via USB, a notification will pop up which says "USB charging this device." Tap this and you'll see a number of options, of which you'll want to select Transfer files for transferring media files. This will allow you to copy files back and forth from your PC to your phone via USB.
Nougat app crashing and instability
If apps are misbehaving, unstable or crashing since you update to Nougat, you likely just need to go the the Play Store and update your apps to the newest versions which are compatible with Nougat. If that doesn't solve the problem, clear the app cache and data to get rid of leftover data. If that still doesn't work, try uninstalling the problematic app and reinstalling it to really get a clean slate.
That's all for now.