Nexus 5X runs slow after installing Android Oreo [Fix]

UPDATE: As it appears, there’s an issue with OpenGL rendering in Android O on Nexus devices. So, in order to make your device working better, it’s a good idea to switch to set rendering to OpenGL(Skia). This workaround slightly improved my device’s performance, and hopefully, it’ll do the same thing for you.

Here’s how to change GPU renderer on your Nexus 5X:

  1. Go to Settings > System
  2. Go to Developer options, and switch OpenGL Renderer to from OpenGL(Default) to OpenGL(Skia)

Hopefully, Google will fix this in some future updates.

Thanks Georgi for the tip!

Original article:

Some Nexus devices, including my own Nexus 5X, have just received Android Oreo update. People are still confused about the Oreo rollup, as nobody knows for sure when their phone will get the update. But those who already received it, might not be totally happy with the new Android version.

I’ll get straight to the point. After installing Android Oreo, my Nexus 5X started running slow and laggy. Which is the complete opposite of ‘better performance’, promised by Google. Every action on the phone seems to perform slower now.

It even takes a couple of extra seconds for the keyboard to show up?! The revamped notification bar is laggy, it takes longer than usual for the phone to unlock. Apps are slower, and so on and so forth. Of course, the phone hasn’t been rendered unusable, but the fact that it’s slower than it used to be a couple of hours ago (when everything worked seamlessly), is just annoying.So far, I haven’t found any helpful info about this problem online. But that’s probably because the majority of users hasn’t even got the update yet. And I was ‘lucky’ enough to receive it earlier.

Since Android Oreo is probably the last major update for Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the only thing that crosses my mind is that Google hasn’t optimized the new system for older phones yet. Which is totally unacceptable!

I’ll keep an eye on the situation in the coming days. Things will probably get clearer once more people receive the Oreo update. Hopefully not too many people will suffer from this issue, because that could be a huge problem for Google.

As soon as I find more info or any solution for this issue, I’m going to update this article accordingly.

Have you already installed Android Oreo on your device? Are there any issues? Let me know in the comments below. 

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  1. Its unbelievably slow. Glad I’m not the only one I was going crazy. Funny thing is, right after a fresh install it was fine, but now it’s almost unusable … As I’m typing my words are showing up 3-4 seconds after ive keyed them in….

  2. Same for me. I wish I didn’t install it. I got a Nexus because I wanted a pure Android experience but if they don’t fix it soon I’ll have to go for a custom rom

  3. Go to Developer Options

    Switch the GPU Renderer from ‘OpenGL’ to skia (the old one).
    There is apparently some issue with the OpenGL renderer on Oreo on 5x.
    Using the old one would make your device quick and sharp again.

    • Hey great shout. I just did this and it has improved the performance substantially. Still not perfect but much more usable now. Thank you very much!

  4. Same things here. Phone is laggy, keyboard disappearing every time when using it. While playing movies, they just freeze for seconds. Changing to skia from opengl didn’t solve my problems. Just annoying. :'(

  5. I agree with everything you’ve written here. My experience so far is not a good one, and I hope things get fixed quickly. I’ve not been so unhappy since I had to root my Nexus 5 so I could roll back to get rid of Lollipoop.

  6. I updated my 5x to Oreo a couple of days ago and I’m experiencing exactly the same lagging and slowness issues that you’re describing (slow keyboard, notification bar etc.) Very frustrating.

  7. Same problem here. My nexus 5x performance after Oreo update was really affected, mainly in terms of fluidity and battery getting drained so fast that I have to charge my phone at least 2 times a day and before a full charge was enough.

  8. Since Oreo update the phone is absolutely unusable.
    – Ultra laggy
    – Apps randomly crash or get killed (who knows)
    – Voice calls get stopped randomly
    – Music gets stopped randomly
    – Keyboard takes 7+ seconds to show up
    – launching apps from launcher 5+ seconds

  9. The phone become unreliable, the keyboard suddenly dissaperar and show up again. The phone is slow using too much energy . I would rather switch back to previous version

  10. My Nexus 5X worked great for 2 days after Oreo update but since last few hours it has stopped working completely. It crashed twice and restarted after rescue party. Now except Goggle flashing on the screen, I can’t restart or even shutdown the phone. I am not a techhy so I am confused what to do.

  11. My friend updated his 5x, and now his phone doesn’t boot up. He gets an error message telling him to do a factory reset. He didn’t have his phone rooted, so that was weird to me.

  12. same issue I have been facing!!the battery drain is very quick!!like 10% charge is gone in 10mins!!wtf is that Google?Nd screen control is also hampered! there’s also connectivity problem which wasn’t there before update!!!!!I need solution that’s all!!

  13. Yes, slow and laggy, and some functions (i.e. adding words to dictionary) don’t work at all. And while I understand that phones apparently evolve at the speed of light (or rather, at the speed of cornering market share and maximizing profits) calling my 2016 Nexus 5x an “older phone” is completely ridiculous. There’s no way that a phone I’ve owned for about a year should be rendered obsolete with one update.

  14. My Nexus 5X is not slower but since it was updated to Oreo 5 days ago it is practically unusable – it restarts on it’s own every few minutes (sometimes every 5 minutes, sometimes after 1.5 hours, one never knows), the keyboard keeps disappearing while I type (extremely annoying!), the battery drains super fast (with the screen off and no use – from 100% to 5% in 4 hours!) and the top third of the machine really heats up.

  15. HOTTTT MESSS I have the Nexus 5X and since I upgraded to the Oreo 8.0 my phone has been randomly rebooting and now I can neither turn it off or on. All I have is a black screen and the words Google flashing. I found out that the upgrade never uploaded properly and that it is in an infinity loop? I was told to put it in Safe Mode but as soon as I did that and went to charge the phone it reboot itself out of safe mode…..My phone was getting hot possibly from Overheating I finally after 30 go it to turn off…. REALLY Google. I am going to my phone service provider and see about a factory reboot see if this helps if anyone has any better ideas please share. I would rather not do the factory reboot and loose stuff.