Charge your Pixel C

Your Pixel C’s battery will last up to 10 hours before you have to recharge.*  

Learn how to charge your Pixel C Keyboard.

Charge your Pixel C
Charge the battery on your Pixel C by plugging a power adapter into the USB Type-C port on the left side of the tablet. We recommend using the charger that came with your Pixel C.
Use the battery icon to check battery life

You can see how much power is left, what’s using your battery, and how long until it’s fully charged.

  1. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to show the Quick Settings menu.
  2. Touch the battery icon Battery icon. A window will open to show you:
    1. How much power is left
    2. What’s using your battery
    3. If your Pixel C is charging, it’ll show how long until it’s fully charged
Use the lightbar to check battery life

You can check battery life using the lightbar in two ways:

  • Connect your charger and the lightbar will automatically light up
  • Put your Pixel C to sleep or place the Pixel C face down on the keyboard

The color of the lightbar on top of your Pixel C changes depending on how much life is left in the battery:

Color Status
Green Battery is fully charged.
Yellow The number of yellow bars indicates how much power is left. More bars means the battery has more charge in it.
Red Battery is low.
Blinking Battery is charging.
Off Battery is drained.

Note: When your Pixel C is plugged in, the lightbar only turns on when the device is awake to save power while charging. When you tap the lightbar twice with two fingers or start using your Pixel C again, the lightbar will turn back on.

Troubleshoot problems

The connector on my adaptor or Pixel C is damaged
If the charge connector on your device or on the power adapter is damaged, don't plug it in, as it could permanently damage the device or cause electric shock. Reach out to a Google support specialist for help.
My Pixel C won't charge or turn on

If your Pixel C is turned on but won't charge

If you're using the power adapter that came with your Pixel C but it isn't charging, you might need to reset it:

  1. Unplug your charger from your device and then from the wall.
  2. Wait a few seconds, then plug it into the wall and then your device.
  3. Check the lightbar or the battery icon to see remaining battery life.

If the lightbar doesn't light up or the battery icon doesn't show that your device is charging, your charger might not be working and you should reach out to a Google support specialist.

If your Pixel C won't turn on and the lightbar doesn't light up when your charger is plugged in

  1. Unplug your charger from your device and then from the wall.
  2. Press the Power button for about 15 seconds.
  3. Your device should turn on. If it doesn't, move to the next step.
  4. Plug your charger back into the wall and then to your Pixel C.
  5. Press and hold the Volume up, Volume down, and Power button with one hand.
  6. While the buttons are pressed, unplug the charger from your Pixel C.
  7. Release the buttons.
  8. Wait about 30 seconds then plug the charger back to your Pixel C. The lightbar should light up and your Pixel C should start charging.
  9. Wait about 5 minutes to let the device charge.
  10. Touch and hold the Power button for about 3 seconds.
  11. Your Pixel C should turn on and the lightbar should light up.

If you're still having problems, you should reach out to a Google support specialist.

I’m using a charger with a USB Type-C to Type-A adaptor and my Pixel C won’t charge

You can charge your Pixel C using most USB Type-A ports or USB Type-A chargers with a Type-C to Type-A adapter cable.

However, these chargers may give less power to your Pixel C and take longer to charge than the original charger.

We recommend using the charger that came with your Pixel C. If you lost it or want a second one, you can order a new one from the Google Store.

* Battery life may vary upon usage and other conditions.

Need help with your apps, settings, or Home screen? Learn more about Android on your Pixel C in the Pixel Phone Help Center.