Android 12 ditched battery usage stats for last full charge (now shows past 24 hours) & some Pixel users want it back
The stable Android 12 update is available for Google Pixel phones and it has been a few weeks since some upgraded to this latest OS.
While Android 12 comes with many significant changes over the previous version, there are some things that haven’t been well-received by Pixel users.
As it stands, some Pixel owners are not so happy with the new battery settings UI after the update to Android 12.
In the previous version (i.e. Android 11), the battery settings page displayed usage data since the last full charge. However, the new one is completely different and it only shows you the usage data for the last 24 hours.
Been trying to figure out what was draining my phone. I opened up the menu and well look at that battery usage shows the usage of the past 24 hours and no longer resets after a full charge. It’s always things like this that makes me not fully enjoy new release. Stop the AI learning. I want manual options and choices … (Source)
Where did this go in Android 12? Used to be in the battery usage under settings. All I see now is screen usage in the past 24 hours which is obviously not the same thing as screen usage on a full charge. (Source)
As apparent from the above reports, Pixel owners aren’t impressed by this new change in battery usage settings interface and still prefer the previous one. However, this isn’t true for everyone.
The old battery usage settings available on devices running Android 11 or older shows usage data from when the device was fully charged last time.
This makes it easier for users to analyze their device’s battery capacity and check if any app is causing the battery drain.
On the other hand, the Android 12 battery usage stats show records from the last 24 hours, a period that can easily include multiple charging cycles.
This way users can’t get any actual data of how much their phone’s battery serves after a single full charge and also can’t figure out if anything is involved in the battery draining.
Having interacted with the new battery settings page for a while, some users now think it’s less informative than the previous one and it also makes it harder to examine battery usage.
Hence, those getting annoyed by this change would prefer that Google restores the old battery settings UI, even if it means having both UIs for flexibility. After all, this is Android.
Whether Google will take this into account remains to be seen, but as usual, we will keep you updated as and when any new information comes to our notice regarding this matter.
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