Update 3 (November 13, 2023)

01:36 pm (IST): If you too are experiencing difficulties snoozing the alarm with the volume button, then don’t fret; we have a workaround. Instead of quickly tapping the volume buttons, it’s recommended that you hold any one of them for a slightly longer duration. Doing so will help you snooze the alarm without any hiccups.

Update 2 (December 07)

12:36 pm (IST): The December 2021 update is rolling out to Pixel devices and it is set to bring general improvements for Quick Tap response and performance, at least according to the changelog.

Update 1 (November 25)

04:20 pm (IST): A few users recommend using the Tap, Tap the application that allows one to bring the double-tap function of the Pixel devices to any Android phone. According to reports, it works better than the feature that’s baked in.

Im using this app on my pixel 5. Works much better than stock and has both double and triple tap options with tons of customization like setting it to turn on your flashlight and adjusting the sensitivity of your taps. (Source)

Original story follows:

For quite some time, Google stuck to its tried and tested formula and made not so big upgrades to the Pixel lineup. However, this year’s Pixel lineup is an exception.

Apart from updating the camera setup from a single camera lens to a dual-camera setup, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro also received the in-house Tensor SoC and a brand new design.


But ever since the release of Pixel 6 running Android 12 out of the box, users have had several issues on the software side of things such as a glitch that causes stutters whenever users switch between apps or scroll in apps like Twitter.

Now, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners are reporting that the quick tap feature is not working for them. In case you are unaware, it is a quite nifty feature that lets users take screenshots by double-tapping the back of the device.

Some say that a reboot fixed the issue for them. But many are now questioning its practicality since they say it only works half the time.


My “quick tap” to take a screenshot is no longer working. My pixel 6 was working properly to take a screenshot on the quick tap. I changed what I thought were some unrelated settings, and now it’s not working. Any idea what could have caused it to not work?

Does quick tap suck for anyone else? Yes I restarted
Yes I tried both sensitivity levels
It just seems like it registers the taps about half the time, if that
Any fix or just another disappointment?

But that’s not the end of the line. Some Pixel 6 and 6 Pro owners are also reporting that they cannot snooze alarms using the volume buttons. This is really frustrating for those who use the function on a daily basis since they have to look at the screen to snooze alarms.


Going to add my name to this list, same behavior being exhibited. In Clock settings, “Volume buttons” is set to “Snooze”, but the volume buttons instead control the volume when the alarm is ringing.

I have my alarm clock set to snooze when pressing the volume buttons. I recently switched over to the Pixel 6 Pro and noticed that it doesn’t work as intended. Pressing the volume buttons do not snooze the alarm or change the volume of the alarm itself. They only change the ring & notification volume when pressed when an alarm goes off.

A user said that the issue was related to Google Assistant taking over the screen when the alarm goes off. They suggested a workaround that involves disabling the “Alarms and timers” functionality from Google Assistant quick phrases.


However, others say that disabling the quick phrases did not fix the issue for them. With Google yet to acknowledge the Pixel 6 quick tap and volume buttons not snoozing alarms issue, it is highly unlikely that they will be fixed in the coming days.

When they do fix the aforementioned issues, we will update this article to reflect the same. In the meantime, make sure you check our dedicated Pixel 6 bug tracker to see which bugs are currently affecting users.

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Anurag Chawake
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My fascination with technology and computers goes back to the days of Windows XP. Since then, I have been tinkering with OS, mobile phones, and other things. When I am not working on anything, you will find me enjoying video games on some Discord server.

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