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Google Pixel: “Hidden” function blocks 80% charging to preserve battery


Google limits the cost of its Pixel smartphones to 80% to protect their battery well being. The “Optimizing for battery well being” function noticed this Thursday would have been deployed discreetly a number of months in the past.

  • This function solely issues the Pixel 3 and later.
  • Its activation is computerized and it doesn’t seem within the settings.
  • It prevents you from charging your Pixel smartphone to 100% in sure instances solely.

The “Optimizing for battery well being” function was noticed by our colleagues at XDA Builders. Properlymy NextPit colleague Rahul additionally assured me that he seen the function months in the past on his Pixel 3, however he does not have a screenshot to show it, so it does not depend.

Particularly, this function mechanically limits the utmost battery life you may obtain by charging your Pixel smartphone to 80%. The choice shouldn’t be seen within the settings or the battery utility and is simply activated in particular eventualities:

  • Steady cost below excessive battery drain circumstances, like recreation play.
  • Steady cost for 4 days or extra.

The cost of your Pixel smartphone restricted to 80% whether or not you need it or not

This Google support page explains intimately how this function works. However principally, when the above circumstances are met, the cost is mechanically restricted to 80%, and a notification saying “optimizing battery well being” seems on the At all times on show of your smartphone in addition to within the battery utility.

So this function has nothing to do with Google’s adaptive charging, which depends in your clock to completely cost your smartphone simply earlier than you get up (solely on the Pixel 4 and later). The “Optimize for battery well being” function is offered on the Pixel 3 and later.

One other element that issues is that there isn’t a “button” to disable this function. If the circumstances are met, it would mechanically activate whether or not you need it to or not. The one technique to “disable” it’s to unplug your smartphone or reboot it.

Not like the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro’s battery optimization, this function from Google does not have an effect on the efficiency of your Pixel smartphone (I do know, I am teasing).

What do you consider this selection? Have you ever seen it in your Pixel but? Ought to Google give customers the selection to allow it or not?

We will be happy to hear your thoughts

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