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Why does the Pixel 6 charge so slow?


Thankfully, Google’s Pixel 6 series is a huge step forward. While the phones have lingering software bugs and divisive designs, almost everything else about them is a home run.

They have the best software support, the best displays, the best cameras, and the longest battery life of any Android handset on the market. It’s difficult to be disappointed with either the $599 Pixel 6 or the $899 Pixel 6 Pro.

However, one aspect of the Pixel 6 has proven to irritate some users: charging speeds.

The Pixel 6 takes longer to charge from 0 to 100% than other Android devices. It’s not a deal breaker, but it can be an annoyance on a regular basis in day-to-day use.

Disabling something called ‘Adaptive Charging’ is one way to improve charge speeds. It’s a feature that’s enabled by default and slows speeds so that the phone only reaches 100 per cent when your alarm goes off in the morning.

While it is excellent for preserving long-term battery performance, it is not ideal for those who require the fastest possible speeds.

Why does the Pixel 6 charge so slow?

In order to prolong the life of the battery cells, Google actively slows down charging once it has reached 80 per cent, and because these batteries are so big, reaching a full charge can take a while.

Fortunately, you will probably only need to charge when you are sleeping anyhow because of the longest battery life.