Google Pixel call end/charging sound bug after Android 10 update still persists, workaround inside

Google Pixel phones are often labeled as the best in the market because of the overall software experience and of course, the camera.

On top of the clean UI that is free of bloatware, Pixel phones are also the best when it comes to timely software updates and support. Only Pixel phones are guaranteed to get at least three major OS upgrades, although OnePlus seems to be sailing in the same boat as well.

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Android 10, the third major OS upgrade, is coming to OnePlus 5 & 5T

Sure, you do get to enjoy fast and fluid apps, a super-smooth UI, and multi-tasking that is free from any major issues, but from time to time, the Google Pixel software can be full of surprises with the kind of bugs it picks up along the way.

PiunikaWeb readers will have come across the Pixel 3a media volume and alarm issues after the update to Android 10 and the huge empty white space in the notifications area after December update.

There have also been reports of the Pixel 2 camera crashing after December update as well as a battery indicator that is stuck on Pixel 4 phones, among many other software-related issues.

In the latest developments, it seems one of the issues that popped up right after updating to Android 10 is still affecting multiple Google Pixel and Pixel 2 owners even after the latest December update.

Apparently, several Google Pixel owners have never had the same charging sound since upgrading their devices to Android 10. Even worse is that the Google Pixel call end sound disappeared after the update to 10.

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Google Pixel call end sound issue (Source)

This is an issue that has been captured in the official Google issue tracker, but probably due to the small number of complaints, Google hasn’t addressed it yet. In fact, the root cause has been identified, so its just a matter of Google fixing it.

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Google Pixel charging sound issue after Android 10 (Source)

Apparently, the Google Pixel call end sound issue is only affecting those who manually upgraded to Android 10 by flashing the factory images, which probably explains the small number of affected units.

But as usual with software-related bugs in Android, there is a workaround to temporarily address the issue as you wait for the official fix from Google.

UI sounds on factory Q image seem to trigger from /product/media/audio/ui but this directory only has boot animations, no audio as these files are actually located in /system/media/audio/ui. It’s probably why upgrading from 9 to 10 keeps the audio settings but factory flashing doesn’t.
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Now, to address the Google Pixel call end sound issue and the charging sound issue as well, download and install an app called Setting Database Editor from the Google Play Store. Open a terminal app and enter the line: pm grant by4a.setedit22 android.permission.WRITE_SECURE_SETTINGS.

With the above done, go to the global tab using the Setting Database Editor and find each of the UI audio settings and switch /product/media/audio*.* to /system/media/audio/*.* Restart your phone to apply the changes.

You can check out the full guide in this XDA thread. But still, we expect that Google will address the issue in an official capacity, although this might not be true for original Pixel units whose software support just ended.

Alternatively, you can simply downgrade to Android Pie and then install Android 10 via OTA. This will keep the sound settings from Pie intact and hence no need for any of these hassles.

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