Get the most life from your Pixel phone battery

You can help your phone’s battery last longer throughout the life of the phone by taking care of the battery and reducing battery drain. 

Important: Some of these steps only work on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Choose settings that use less battery

Change screen display

Reduce screen brightness

  1. Swipe down with two fingers from the top of your screen.
  2. At the top of the screen, move the slider left.

Turn on Dark theme

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Dark theme.
  3. Turn on Dark theme.

Turn off live wallpapers

To save some battery life, turn off live wallpapers. Find out how to change wallpapers.

Turn off your screen when you're not using it

  1. Open your phone's settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Lock screen.
  3. Turn off your screen when you're not using it:
    • Pixel 4: Tap Idle lock screen and then Off.
    • All other Pixels: Turn off Always show time and info.

Let your screen turn off sooner

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display and then Advanced and then Screen timeout.
  3. Pick a time, such as 30 seconds.
Tip: If you have a Pixel 4, you can choose a short screen timer, and also get your screen to stay on when you look at it. Open your phone’s Settings app and tap Display And then  Advanced And then Screen attention, then turn on Screen attention.

Turn off Smooth Display (Pixel 4 and later)

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Advanced And then Smooth Display.
  3. Turn off Smooth Display.

Have screen brightness change automatically

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Display And then Adaptive brightness.
  3. Turn on Adaptive brightness.
Turn off keyboard sound and vibration
  1. Open your phone's settings app.
  2. Tap Sound And then Advanced.
  3. Turn a sound or vibration on or off.
Turn on Adaptive Connectivity (Pixel 4a (5G) and later)

Important: In the United States, some operators may limit Adaptive Connectivity. Contact your operator for details.

  1. Open your phone's settings app.
  2. Tap Network and Internet and then Advanced and then Adaptive Connectivity.
  3. Turn Adaptive Connectivity on or off.

Learn more about Adaptive Connectivity.

Reduce background battery drain

Turn off Motion Sense (Pixel 4 only)
To save battery, you can turn off your Pixel 4’s ability to sense what’s going on around it. Find out how to turn off Motion Sense.
Stop identifying songs
You can save battery by turning off Now Playing, which automatically recognises songs playing near your phone. Learn how to turn off Now Playing.
Restrict apps that use more battery

Restrict apps with high background battery use

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery.
  3. If you see a card with advice to restrict an app, tap the card And then Restrict.

Restrict apps with high overall battery use

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery and then Battery usage.
  3. You'll find a list of apps that used your battery in the previous seven days, or since your Pixel phone's last full charge.
  4. To review or change how a listed app uses the battery, tap it.​
    • For all apps, we recommend keeping battery optimisation turned on.
    • For some apps that you are not actively using, you can change their settings to Restricted to prevent them from using the battery in the background.
      Tip: When some apps are set to Restricted, they may not work as usual, or notifications may be delayed.
  5. To review the battery usage settings for all your apps:
    • Open your phone's Settings app.
    • Tap Apps and then App battery usage.
Keep Adaptive Battery on

Keep adaptive battery on for your phone

  1. Open your phone's settings app.
  2. Tap Battery And then Adaptive Battery.
  3. Turn on Adaptive Battery.
Turn off high-drain features

Find out more about what drains a battery most.

Delete unused accounts

Having fewer accounts on a phone can save battery. The phone's owner can delete accounts and user profiles.

Find out how to remove accounts.

Find out how to delete users.

Take care of your battery

Use the power adaptor that came with your phone

Other power adaptors and chargers can charge slowly or not at all. They can also damage your phone or battery.

Keep it cool

Avoid situations where your phone can overheat.

Your battery will drain much faster when it's hot, even if you're not using it. This kind of drain can damage your battery.

Find out why a phone can get warm and what to do about it.

Tip: Your phone warms up when it's plugged in, so don't keep it charging more than needed.

Charge as much or as little as needed
You don’t need to teach your phone how much capacity the battery has by going from full to zero charge, or from zero to full charge.
How to use adaptive charging (Pixel 4 and later)

Important: When you charge your phone between 9.00 p.m. and 4.00 a.m. with an active alarm set for 3.00–10.00 a.m., your phone may use adaptive charging. This feature must be turned on for your phone to use it. Learn how to set an alarm.

To help preserve long-term battery life, you can charge your phone steadily overnight. Adaptive charging uses your alarm’s settings to completely charge your phone just before you wake up.

To turn off adaptive charging:

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Battery and then Adaptive preferences.
  3. Turn off Adaptive charging.

Tip: When adaptive charging is on, the always-on display will display 'Adaptive charging' and the time that your battery will be fully charged.

'Optimising for battery health' (Pixel 3 and later)
Important: 'Optimise for battery health' is only available on Android 11 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

To help preserve battery health, your phone automatically limits charging to about 80% under certain conditions:

  • Continuous charging under high battery drain conditions, like game play.
  • Continuous charging for four days or more.

The temporary feature automatically turns off when the phone no longer meets the conditions listed above. You'll know that the feature is no longer active when the phone starts to charge to 100%.

When this feature is on, a notification that says 'Optimising for battery health' appears on the 'always-on display' and in the Settings app under 'Battery'.

To stop using 'Optimising for battery health':

  1. Unplug your Pixel phone from its charger or remove it from Pixel Stand.
  2. Either restart your Pixel phone or wait about 10 minutes.
  3. When the feature is turned off, the notification disappears and the phone can charge to 100%.
    • Tip: The next time that your phone meets the above conditions, the feature automatically turns back on.

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