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Google is not making it easy for its own Pixel devices to cope up with the recently released Android 12 beta update.

From installing the update (Update 8) to minor issues that keep paying visits, some Pixel devices are certainly not enjoying Android 12.

Google Pixel 4a

Google just dropped another bug to the already long list of Android 12 bugs that won’t let the Google Pixel battery go past 80% during charging.

This, as per the reports, appeared only after installing the Android 12 beta 1 update. Device owners couldn’t wait and started reaching out to Google reps to understand what’s going on.

When the matter was escalated via the Issue Tracker, the team of engineers noticed the ongoing fuss and released a statement.

To help preserve battery health, your phone automatically limits charging to about 80% under certain conditions:

– Continuous charge under high battery drain conditions, like game play.
– Continuous charge for 4 days or more.


The optimization automatically shifts to the normal mode when the above conditions are not met and the battery goes beyond 80% to its maximum capacity in those conditions on Android 12.

The best way to know if this optimization feature has kicked in is by taking a look at the Always-On Display which should say “Optimizing for battery health” and the same can be found under the Battery section in settings.

This phenomenon may not seem normal to many but Google finds it important in this era where battery lives are actively being talked about.

In case this makes it difficult for you instead of making it good, here’s how you can disable it right away.

To stop using “Optimizing for battery health”:

– Unplug your Pixel phone from its charger or remove it from Pixel Stand.
– Either restart your Pixel phone or wait about 10 minutes.

But don’t confuse it for a permanent settlement. The optimization feature will again kick in as soon as the above criteria are met.

The extension of this battery optimization functionality to more devices on Android 12 and for how long will this stay as a feature, still remains a question.

This behavior was reportedly rolled out back with the March build and feedback about how this feature has been communicated has been shared with the teams.

Engineers are working on it with the aim of improving things so that it is easier and more understandable for users to learn about this feature.

In any scenario, we will surely hear from Google about the developments here. The implementation and future of this will be decided as Android 12 grows more stable.


That said, we will continue to track this and update here as soon as we have more developments to note.

Update 1 (July 1)

12:42 pm (IST): Google support on Twitter has suggested that users should try a soft reboot to resolve the battery issues on Pixel devices.

This workaround seems to work for a user and also improved their battery life. Hence, you can also try and see if it helps. Here’s the full statement from Google support:

Thanks for the info. Could you try a soft reboot by holding down the power button for 30 seconds and see if it works fine? Let us know if that helps. ^Mark (Source)

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