Charge your phone wirelessly with a Pixel Stand

You can use your Pixel Stand to charge phones that are Qi-certified. If you have a Pixel 6 Pro, 6, 5, 4, or 3, you can also get help from your Google Assistant while your phone is charging on your Pixel Stand.

Charging power

Pixel Stand (2nd gen) allows for fast wireless charging at up to:

  • 23W for Pixel 6 Pro (additional steps needed)
  • 21W for Pixel 6 (additional steps needed)
  • 10W for Pixel 3/3 XL, Pixel 4/4 XL, and Pixel 5
  • 15W for other Qi-compatible devices

Pixel Stand also wirelessly charges Pixel Buds and third-party Qi-compatible earbuds.

Actual charging speed depends on a variety of factors, like whether the user has a case and the battery level of the device.

The 1st generation Pixel Stand allows for wireless charging at up to:

  • 10W for all compatible Pixel phones
  • 5W for other Qi-compatible devices

Actual charging speed depends on a variety of factors, like whether the user has a case and the battery level of the device.

Unlock high-power charging

To unlock up to 23W charging on your Pixel 6 Pro and up to 21W charging on your Pixel 6:

  1. Make sure your phone is on the latest software version. Fast wireless charging with up to 23W is available with SQ1D.211205.016.A1 and SQ1D.220105.007 and will be available with later software versions.
  2. Complete Pixel Stand app onboarding.

After you install the latest Pixel phone software updates and complete Pixel Stand app onboarding, you can charge wirelessly at up to 23W and enjoy Fan Controls, Photo Frames, Immersive Media, and other exclusive Pixel Stand experiences.

Requirements for Pixel Stand

Phones that work with Pixel Stand

Your Pixel Stand can charge any phone that works with Qi wireless charging, like the Pixel 6 Pro, 6, 5, or 4.

If you’re not sure if your phone uses Qi, check your phone’s tech specs or contact the manufacturer.

Cases that work with Pixel Stand

Your Pixel Stand can charge your phone through most phone cases that are up to 3 millimeters thick. These cases include:

  • Made by Google cases for Pixel
  • Most Made for Google cases
  • Google’s My Case for Pixel 3

Depending on what your phone's case is made of, your phone could charge slowly or not at all.

Your Pixel Stand can't charge phones through cases that have metal, batteries, or attachments, like mounts or grips.

Set up your Pixel Stand

Important: Make sure you have the 1.5-meter USB-C cable and power adapter that came with your Pixel Stand.

  1. On the bottom of your Pixel Stand, plug one end of the cable into the USB-C port.
  2. Plug the other end of the cable into the power adapter.
  3. Plug the power adapter into the wall.
Tip: The Pixel Stand (2nd gen) requires a power adapter that’s rated 12W or higher to charge your phone. When using a power adapter other than the one that came in your Pixel Stand box, you may experience charging rates as low as 5W. High power charging (up to 23W) on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro requires a 30W USB PD power adapter that supports a minimum of 14V, like the adapter that came with your Pixel Stand (2nd gen).

Charge your phone or earbuds

After you’ve set up your Pixel Stand, you can charge your phone or earbuds.

Important: On the Pixel Stand (2nd gen), the Pixel phone only charges when it stands up in portrait mode.

To charge your phone, center your phone on your Pixel Stand with your phone screen facing outward.

To charge your earbuds:

  1. Place your earbuds in your case.
  2. Center your case on your Pixel Stand.

To learn how to charge safely, read the safety manual for your Pixel Stand.

LED patterns on your Pixel Stand

When you use your Pixel Stand, you’ll find LED patterns that show the status of your device on the Pixel Stand.
White light

When a device is placed in the Pixel Stand and it starts to charge, or when the device battery is at 100% you'll see a white light that stays on for 3 to 4 seconds. 

Solid amber light (Pixel Stand 1st-gen only)

There’s an error in charging, like an obstruction or a misaligned device. To fix this issue:

  • Reposition your phone on the stand.
  • Remove any case from your phone. Then, try again.
  • Remove any metallic stickers from your phone. Then, try again.
White & amber alternating flashing light (Pixel Stand 2nd-gen only)

There’s an error in charging, like an obstruction or a misaligned device. To fix this issue:

  • Reposition your phone on the stand.
  • Remove any case from your phone. Then, try again.
  • Remove any metallic stickers from your phone. Then, try again.
Slow blinking amber light

An amber light will blink around every 2 seconds. Your power adapter isn’t compatible with the dock. The Pixel Stand (2nd gen) requires a power adapter that’s rated 12W or higher to charge your phone. 

  • If you’re using the power adapter that came with your Pixel Stand: Unplug it from the outlet and plug it back in and try again.
  • If you’re using a different power adapter: Try a different adapter or the adapter that came with your Pixel Stand. 

Tip: When using a power adapter other than the one that came in your Pixel Stand box, you may experience charging rates as low as 5W. High power charging (up to 23W) on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro requires a 30W USB PD power adapter that supports a minimum of 14V, like the adapter that came with your Pixel Stand (2nd gen).

If you find any other kind of LED pattern, contact Pixel Phone support.

Pixel Stand app onboarding: Get help from your Google Assistant (Pixel 6 Pro, 6, 5, 4 & 3)

If you have a Pixel 6 Pro, 6, 5, 4, or 3, you can get help from your Google Assistant while your phone is charging on your Pixel Stand. Learn what you can ask your Google Assistant.

Step 1: Set up your Pixel Stand with your Assistant

  1. Center the phone on your Pixel Stand, with your phone screen facing outward.
  2. You’ll get a "Do more while charging" message. Tap Next.
    • If you don’t see this message, take your phone off your Pixel Stand, then put it back on.
    • If you still don’t see this message, open your phone’s Settings app And then Connected devices. Next to "Pixel Stand," tap Settings .
  3. Follow the steps on the screen.

Step 2: Turn on personal results

You can ask your Google Assistant for help remembering your personal info, like your calendar events, reminders, and emails. If you want, you can also see this info on your phone screen when it’s unlocked.

To see personal info on your screen, turn on personal results.

Step 3: Change Assistant settings for your Pixel Stand

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices
  3. If you don't see "Pixel Stand" under "Previously connected devices," tap See all.
  4. Next to "Pixel Stand," tap Settings .
  5. Tap Photo frame.
  6. Turn your Assistant settings on or off:
    • Pixel Stand personal results: Get personal results on your phone screen while it’s on your Pixel Stand, even if your screen is locked.
    • Ambient display: Show personal results on your phone screen when charging. Turn on Ambient display.
    • Photo frame on ambient display: Let photos from Google Photos display while your phone is on your Pixel Stand. Tap Photo frame on ambient display. To choose your photos, tap Select Google Photos albums. To turn on Photo frame, from your lock screen, swipe right.

Change charging modes on a Pixel Stand (2nd gen)

If you have already completed Pixel Stand app onboarding, you can choose from 3 charging modes:

  • Optimized (default): Balances charging speed with fan noise for the best out of box experience
  • Max: Charge at the highest possible speed, given device conditions, battery charge level, and other factors.
  • Quiet: Make the fan run as quietly as possible.

To select a mode as the default for your Pixel Stand (2nd gen):

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices.
  3. If you don't see "Pixel Stand Gen 2" under "Previously connected devices," tap See all.
  4. Under “Other devices”, tap “Pixel Stand Gen 2”.
  5. On the “Device Details” screen, Scroll down and tap “Charging mode”.
  6. Tap a charging mode.

To temporarily change modes: 

  1. Place your phone on the stand.
  2. Tap the screen to bring up the Pixel Stand Control Screen.
  3. Tap a charging mode near the bottom of the screen.

The next time you use your Pixel Stand (2nd gen), the charging mode reverts to the default setting. When you activate the setting with a tap or set as a persistent setting, the button changes to the phone's accent color.

Change interruptions & brightness (Pixel 5, 4 & 3)

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices.
  3. If you don't see "Pixel Stand" under "Previously connected devices," tap See all.
  4. Next to "Pixel Stand," tap Settings .
  5. Turn your settings on or off:
    • Screen off when dark: Make your phone screen turn off in a dark room.
    • Do Not Disturb while docked: Hide notifications or sounds while your phone is charging. Learn more about Do Not Disturb.
    • Photo frame: Show photos from Google Photos to display while your phone is on your Pixel Stand. Tap Photo frame on ambient display. To choose your photos, tap Select Google Photos albums.
    • Sunrise alarm: Have your phone screen slowly light up during the 15 minutes before your alarm. You can choose the range of time.
    • Bedtime: If you set a bedtime schedule, you’ll get a notification at bedtime. To check your morning alarm and start your sleep sounds: On the notification, tap Going to sleep and then the current sound or Choose another sound.
    • Home and media controls: Learn more about how to control smart home devices using Google Nest and Home speakers and displays.

Fix problems with your Pixel Stand

Phone won’t charge wirelessly

After each of the following solutions, check if your charger has started working.

  • Take off your case and any attachments, like mounts or grips.
  • Check that your phone’s screen is facing out, with the back against the Pixel Stand.
  • Center your phone on the Pixel Stand.
  • Try charging both with your phone upright and on its side.
  • Use the cable and power adapter that came in the box with your Pixel Stand.
  • Make sure the cable is plugged in to the power adapter, and the power adapter is plugged in to a working power outlet.

Learn how to fix a phone that won't charge or turn on.

Orange light shows on the base

Your Pixel Stand is having trouble charging your phone. After each step below, check if your charger has started working.

  • Remove your phone from your Pixel Stand, then put it back on.
  • Make sure your phone is centered on your Pixel Stand.
  • Try charging both with your phone upright and on its side.
  • Take off your phone case, then put your phone back on your Pixel Stand.
Phone or Pixel Stand feels warm or hot

If your phone or Pixel Stand feels warmer than normal while charging, there usually isn't cause for concern. It's normal for your phone or Pixel Stand to get warmer during charging.

If your phone is charging from a very low battery, your phone or Pixel Stand might feel especially warm.

Pixel Stand is dirty
  1. Remove your phone from your Pixel Stand.
  2. Unplug your Pixel Stand from its cable.
  3. Using isopropyl alcohol (IPA) wipes, gently wipe the surface.
  4. Let dry before placing your phone back on your Pixel Stand.
Can’t find Pixel Stand settings with TalkBack turned on

When you charge your phone on your Pixel Stand, for the first 15 seconds, the top right corner of your phone’s screen shows the Pixel Stand settings icon. After 15 seconds, the Pixel Stand settings icon disappears.

To open Pixel Stand settings with TalkBack turned on:

  1. With 2 fingers, tap your phone’s screen once.
  2. To find Pixel Stand settings, with one finger, swipe or explore by touch, then double-tap anywhere on the screen.

Learn how to get started on Android with TalkBack.

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