According to a recent study, 43% of smartphone users are frustrated with how long it takes to charge fully. In this fast-paced digital age, smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives. For this reason alone, it’s easy to see why people would become annoyed when we live in an instant-gratification society.
The Google Pixel, known for its impressive features and sleek design, has gained immense popularity among tech enthusiasts. However, there may come a time when you encounter a frustrating issue: your Google Pixel is not charging.
In this article, we will explore the potential reasons why your Google Pixel is not charging and provide you with troubleshooting tips to help you rectify the issue. Keep reading to learn what to do.
Enable Airplane Mode
Sometimes connectivity or background processes may be the culprit for a Google Pixel not charging. If this happens to be the case, the solution is simply to enable airplane mode. By doing so, you’ll temporarily disable all wireless connections.
To do so, swipe down from the top of your screen to access Quick Settings. From there, tap the Airplane Mode icon to activate it. Once your Pixel is charging again, disable Airplane Mode.
Try a Different Charging Cable and Adapter
Do you have another charger lying around? With regular use, the wire or charging port may malfunction. Throw that faulty charger away and try a different one.
If it’s not the cable itself, it could be the adaptor. Keep trying until your Pixel starts charging again.
Check for a Loose Connection
It might just be a loose connection. Try wiggling the cable near the charging port to see if it affects the charge. Any movement or intermittent charging could be a sign that the charging port is loose or damaged.
Clean the Charging Port
Over time, your charging port may collect dust and debris. When this happens, it’ll obstruct the charge.
Use a flashlight to inspect the charging port. Carefully clean it using a soft, dry toothbrush or a can of compressed air. Be gentle to avoid causing any damage to the port.
Check for App Interference
The reason your Google Pixel won’t charge could be due to a third-party app. To see if this is the case, you’ll need to charge your phone in Safe Mode.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Press and hold the Power Off option
- The Safe Mode prompt will appear
- Observe if your device charges without any issues
If your Google Pixel is still not charging, then head to the Play Store to see your recently installed apps. Uninstall them and repeat the process above until it starts charging again.
Clear Cache Partition
Start by turning off your Google Pixel. Press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously until the device vibrates. Release the Power button, but continue holding the Volume Down button until the Bootloader menu appears. Use the volume buttons to navigate to the Recovery mode option and press the Power button to select it.
When an Android robot appears, press and hold the Power button, then press the Volume Up button once. Use the volume buttons to navigate to the “Wipe cache partition” option and select it with the Power button. After the process completes, choose the “Reboot system now” option. Your Google Pixel will restart, and you can check if the charging issue persists.
Disable Battery Optimization
Another reason your Google Pixel is not charging could be due to battery optimization (designed to extend battery life).
To disable battery optimization for specific apps, go to Settings > Battery > Battery optimization. Select “All apps” from the drop-down menu and individually locate the apps you suspect might be causing the charging issue. For each app, select “Don’t optimize” to ensure that the app runs normally even during charging.
Check for Physical Damage
If you’ve dropped your phone recently, it could be affecting the charging process. Are there any signs of bent pins? It’s best to let the professionals handle a Google Pixel repair.
Check for System Updates
Ensure that your Google Pixel’s operating system is up to date. Software updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can address charging-related issues. Go to Settings > System > System updates and check for any available updates.
If an update is available, download and install it. After the update, try charging your device again to see if the issue is resolved.
Check for Overheating
Ensure that your device is not exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight while charging. Remove any cases or covers that may be trapping heat. If overheating persists, contact Fruit Fixed for further assistance.
Consider a Battery Replacement
If you have tried all the troubleshooting steps and your device still does not charge or hold a charge properly, it is possible that the Google Pixel battery died. In such cases, you may need to have the battery replaced by one of our professional technicians.
Perform a Factory Reset
If all other troubleshooting steps fail to resolve the charging problem, performing a factory reset can help eliminate any software-related issues. It is important to note that a factory reset erases all data on your device, so make sure to back up your important files and contacts beforehand.
To initiate a factory reset, go to Settings > System > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset). Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process, and once your device restarts, check if the charging issue has been resolved
A Google Pixel Not Charging Is Only Temporary
When your Google Pixel is not charging, it may feel like your digital life is falling apart. Rest assured, the problem is only temporary. Follow our Google Pixel troubleshooting guide above.
However, if the problem persists or you are uncomfortable performing any of the troubleshooting steps yourself, it is advisable to start a repair with Fruit Fixed ASAP. We’ll get your phone working in no time!