Charge your Pixel phone

All Pixel phones can charge with USB-C cables. For best results, use the power adapter that comes with some phones, like Pixel 5a (5G). If your phone isn't charging right, learn how to fix a phone that doesn't charge.

Use Battery Share to wirelessly charge Qi-certified phones or accessories, like Pixel Buds, or your Pixel 5–7 Pro, excluding 6a and 7a. Set your accessory or other phone on the back of your phone to charge.

Over time, your Pixel phone's battery may decline in performance due to usage patterns, temperature, and age. To help preserve battery life, some Pixel phones may automatically adjust their charging to manage device and battery temperatures. In some cases, this could result in slower charging speed.

Tip: To charge wirelessly with Battery Share, your phone needs to have a high enough battery level. To check your battery level, open your phone’s Settings app. Tap Battery and then Battery Share. Make sure your phone is in a spot where it won’t get too hot. Learn how to keep your Pixel phone cool.

How to charge your phone

  1. Plug either end of the USB-C cable into the port on the bottom of your phone.
  2. Plug the other end of the cable into the power adapter that came with your phone.
  3. Plug your power adapter into a power outlet.

How to use Adaptive Charging (Pixel 4 & later)

When you charge your phone for a long time or overnight, Adaptive Charging may turn on to charge to 100% one hour before you unplug. The Adaptive Charging feature prolongs your battery life. The feature works on the following phones:

  • Pixel 4: Turns on when you charge your phone between 9 PM and 4 AM with an active alarm set for 3-10 AM. Learn how to set an alarm.
  • Pixel 4a & later, including Fold: The Adaptive Charging feature learns from your charging habits. If a long charging session is predicted, it may still turn on aside from the above mentioned conditions.

Tip: The feature needs about 14 days to learn your charging habits. If your charging habits vary, like when you travel, Adaptive Charging may not turn on.

To turn off Adaptive Charging:

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

Tip: When Adaptive Charging is turned on, a notification is displayed and relays the time your battery will be fully charged.

Charging tips

How to charge quickly

  • Use a wall outlet as a power source. Other power sources, like laptops, can charge more slowly.
  • You can use your phone while charging. To charge faster, don't use it while charging.

Hear when your phone is charging

  1. Make sure your phone's ring sound is turned on. Learn how to change your phone volume.
  2. Open your phone's Settings app.
  3. Tap Sound And then Advanced.
  4. Turn on Charging sounds.
  5. When you plug in your phone, you'll hear a sound.
    Note: If your phone is muted or on vibrate, you won't hear a sound.

Which power adapters and cables to use

  • Pixel phones use USB-C with USB 2.0 power adapters and cables.
  • To charge your phone with a USB-A power adapter, use a USB-C to USB-A cable. This charges your phone more slowly than USB-C.
  • We recommend you use the Google 30 W USB-C power adapter or any Programmable Power Supply (PPS) power adapter rated for 30 W or more. You could also use other USB Power Delivery (PD) adapters rated for 15 W or more.
  • Other Android cables and power adapters might not work with Pixel phones.
  • Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4a, Pixel 3a, Pixel 2, and Pixel (2016) phones can't charge wirelessly.

Check that your charging accessory works with your phone

If your phone turns on but you get a “Check charging accessory” notification, it's possible that your cable or connected USB power adapter may not be supported by your phone or is damaged. This results in your phone charging very slowly or not at all. To fix the problem, try charging with a different cable and a PPS adapter rated for 30 W or more, or a PD adapter rated for 15 W or more.

Technical notes

  • If you want to remove the battery, we recommend that you take it to an authorized repair service provider. We don’t recommend that you remove it yourself.
  • The power adapter varies by country or region.

Still have issues with your Pixel phone?

To talk to a support agent about a phone that won't charge, turn on, start, or stay on, learn how to contact us.
For possible solutions to other issues with your phone’s camera, you can post questions on our forums to the Pixel community.

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