The Pixel 4a 5G was launched in 2020. While it still features great performance and a good camera, one thing that made it stand out from other Pixel 4a 5G models was its low battery life. The problem of poor autonomy was solved by one of the owners.
Google Pixel 4a5G 5G has a 3885 mAh lithium battery. That’s a tiny battery for today’s standards. This situation is not possible to save with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, and the relatively small 6.2 inch OLED screen. Reddit user fakesky-, dissatisfied by this situation, suggested that they create fakesky-. Telled How he was able to improve the smartphone’s autonomy.
The above photo shows a Pixel 4a 5G, which fakesky has modified with a larger 4680mAh battery from Pixel 5a. This is approximately 20% more than the native battery. The Pixel 5a’s lithium-ion battery measures 4.5mm taller, 0.4% thicker and 1.4mm wider than the Pixel 4a 5G. Because the new battery is smaller in width, it was easier to switch the power management system. The use of the same cables for both phones only made this process simpler.
This resulted in the Pixel 4a 5G being able to be closed with a standard cover. Although a slight bulge is visible visually, it can still be felt on the skin. The owner received an increase of 17% in his smartphone’s battery life. However, NFC was not able to work properly because the antenna, which is approximately a millimeter thick prevented the lid from closing properly.
The author mentioned that he is an expert in the repair and design for printed circuit boards. Therefore, unprepared users shouldn’t take chances with such modifications.