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.

You can wirelessly charge Qi-compliant accessories or phones, like Pixel Buds, through Battery Share on your Pixel 6 Pro, 6 or 5. Set your accessory or other phone on the back of your phone to charge.

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.

Tip: It’s good to fully charge the battery of a new phone. After that, charge as much or as little as needed. (You don’t have to go from full to zero charge, or from zero to full charge.)

Charge overnight until your alarm goes off (Pixel 4 & later)

Important: When you charge your phone between 9 PM and 4 AM with an active alarm set for 3–10 AM, your phone uses Adaptive charging. 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 right 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 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 will charge your phone more slowly than USB-C.
  • Other Android cables and power adapters might not work with Pixel phones.
  • Pixel 3a, Pixel 2, and Pixel (2016) phones can't charge wirelessly.

Technical notes

  • The battery can’t be removed. The phone shouldn't be opened, except by authorized repair services.
  • The power adapter varies by country or region.
  • The power adapter has a maximum output of 30W or 18W (9V/2A).

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 reset, you can post questions on our forums to the Pixel community.

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