Charge your Pixelbook

Your Pixelbook battery will last up to 10 hours before you have to recharge.*

Plug in your power adapter

Charge the battery on your Pixelbook by plugging a power adapter into one of the USB Type-C ports on either side of the device.

You’ll know it’s charging when the battery icon in the lower right of your screen changes from Low battery to  Battery charging. Click your account photo in the lower right corner of your screen to see how much time it’ll take to fully charge your Pixelbook. When your Pixelbook is fully charged, the battery icon will change to Battery full.

The small light next to the charging port will also indicate your Pixelbook’s charging state:

  • Solid white - Charging
  • Solid green - Battery is fully charged

Check your battery power

If your battery is about to die, a warning will show in the bottom right corner of the screen. You’ll also see a blinking red light next to one of your Pixelbook’s USB-C ports. Plug in your Pixelbook to continue working. 

See how much charge your Pixelbook’s battery has by clicking the battery icon Battery iconin the lower right corner of your screen. A window will open to show you what percentage of power is remaining and how much time it’ll take until your battery is drained.

What the lights mean

When your Pixelbook is in sleep mode or powered off, you can check the state of your battery using the LED lights on the sides of your Pixelbook, next to your USB ports. Just double tap anywhere on the top or either side of the device to trigger the lights. If your Pixelbook’s plugged in to power, the lights on both sides of your device will shine. 

What the colors mean

Here’s what the light colors mean:

  • Green light: Battery charged at least 95% 
  • White-green light: Battery charged at least 75%
  • Solid white: 25-75% of battery life remaining
  • White-red: 15-25% of battery life remaining
  • Solid red: 5-15% battery life remaining
  • Blinking red: Less than 5% battery remaining

If your Pixelbook’s battery level drops to 15% while unplugged from power, a solid red light will appear for 2 minutes before switching off. If you still haven’t charged the device when it drops to 5% remaining battery, the lights will pulse red for another 2 minutes. 

Connect to a phone, tablet, or laptop with USB Type-C

You can charge your Pixelbook using a phone, tablet, or other laptop with a USB Type-C port, if the other device supports two-way charging:

  1. If your Pixelbook is plugged into a power adapter, unplug it.
  2. Connect your Pixelbook to another laptop, tablet, or phone with a USB Type-C port.
  3. Click your account photo in the lower right corner of your screen.
  4. Click Settings Settings.
  5. In the "Device" section, click Power.
  6. Choose the port to which your phone, tablet, or other laptop is attached.
    For example, if you'd like to charge your Pixelbook using a phone that's connected to the left USB Type-C port, select USB-C device (left port).
  7. Your Pixelbook will begin to charge from the other device.

Tips to help your battery last longer

Here are a few tips to that can prevent your battery from draining too fast:

  1. Avoid adjusting your screen brightness and keyboard backlight to the highest setting. Consider keeping your screen brightness around 50%.
  2. Don’t run more than one processor-heavy app (like Adobe Lightroom) at a time.

Troubleshoot problems

The connector on my adapter or my Pixelbook 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 and may be unsafe. Contact our support team and they’ll be able to help .

I'm using the power adapter that came with my Pixelbook, but my Pixelbook won't charge

If you're using the power adapter that you got with your Pixelbook and it isn't working, you might need to reset it with the steps below:

  1. Unplug your charger from your device and from the wall.
  2. Wait a few seconds and plug it back in.
  3. Check the battery icon or LED light next to the charging port to see remaining battery power.

If the battery icon doesn’t change to Battery chargingor you don’t see a light, either your charger isn't working or it’s getting too hot. Contact our support team.

I'm using a charger with a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter and my Pixelbook won't charge

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

However, these chargers provide less power to your Pixelbook and take longer to charge than the original charger.

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

My battery still drains when my Pixelbook is in sleep mode

A certain amount of battery drain is normal, even when your device is in sleep mode. However, if your Pixelbook is losing too much of its battery life while in sleep mode, or if you want to store your device for an extended period, you can perform a battery cut-off. This will leave your device dormant until it is connected to a charger again.

  1. Connect your Pixelbook to its power adapter and check that the LED charging indicator is on.
  2. Hold down the Power + Volume up buttons on the side of your Pixelbook.
  3. While holding down both buttons, disconnect the power adapter, and continue holding both buttons for 5 seconds.
  4. You can confirm that your Pixelbook is dormant by pressing the power button. If it doesn't turn on, the battery was successfully cut-off.

Note: After performing a battery cut-off, your Pixelbook will not wake when you press the power button or open the lid. Instead, connect your device to a power adapter to wake it.

*Battery performance is based on a mix of standby, web browsing and other use. Actual results may vary.

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