If you own a Google Pixel phone, you may have noticed that the battery has been draining at an alarming rate lately. Google has now confirmed that this issue was caused by a recent update to the Google app, which has since been fixed.
“A recent change to the Google app backend unintentionally caused a subset of Android devices to experience faster battery drain,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable. “We rolled out a fix shortly after the issue became known and affected users should find their devices behaving normally again immediately. This fix does not require an app update.”
The issue was first reported by Engadget(opens in a new tab)noting that several Pixel owners had assumed so r/Google Pixel(opens in a new tab) subreddit as well Google’s support forums(opens in a new tab) complain about the problem.
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While the Pixel’s recent battery drain issue may have been fixed, this is a good reminder to check your phone’s power usage settings. The Google app may not consume your battery, but there may be other factors such as your phone’s auto-brightness setting or location services consuming more power than necessary.
While a rapidly draining battery isn’t an immediate problem for your long TikTok sessions, it’s always handy to know how to squeeze out that little bit more power if you ever feel the need to extend your charge.