A poor quality USB-C cable or charger will not charge the Google Pixel 6

A poor quality USB-C cable or charger will not charge the Google Pixel 6

Tech Highlights:

  • The information started showing on Google’s support forum and was quickly picked up by 9to5Google. Several users reported that their Pixel 6 phones refuse to charge with certain cables and chargers, and there’s no message displayed – the phones act as if there’s no charger plugged in.

  • The Google Pixel 6 series debuted with a bang in October, and while the hype and demand for Google’s new flagship phones were enormous, these devices also displayed some concerning signs shortly after their official release. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first before we get into the issues surrounding the Pixel 6 family. The latest oddity in the Pixel 6’s bag of “tricks” is that both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will apparently refuse to charge from a low-quality USB-C cable or charger.

This is not so surprising, as Google says that “other Android cables and power adapters might not work with Pixel phones.” So, this charging conundrum is to be taken as a feature and not a bug, it’s just frustrating that some older chargers and cables lying around won’t work with your new phone. The obvious answer is to use Google-branded chargers and cables. Another solution is to try and use a PD (power delivery) compatible chargers and cables, as Reddit users found empirically that they work on the Pixel 6 most of the time.

Google Pixel 6 won’t charge from a low-quality USB-C cable or charger The first trouble was reported right after the official launch of the Pixel 6 family. One customer received a Pixel 6 with two punch-holes instead of one. While things like this happen sometimes (quality control should be at a higher level at Google, though), there was another issue with the screen of the Pixel 6 Pro.

It also seems that people are not overly happy with the way Google decided to do things in the Pixel 6. One Reddit user wrote: “So yeah Google sold me a phone made of 30% recycled aluminum, but forced me to throw away 100 times its weight in electronics that are no use for it. All of this wouldn’t be an issue if they were not bragging about being environmentally friendly lol.” On the other hand, using third-party or low-quality chargers and cables might damage the battery and this situation has two sides, really. And it wouldn’t have hit a nerve if there weren’t so many issues with the otherwise exciting and fresh Pixel 6 series.

The #flickergate, as people quickly began to call it, was officially acknowledged by Google, and the December software update should fix it. But then other worrying information about the Pixel 6 Pro display was brought to light by AnandTech’s tech guru Andrei Frumusanu.


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