23 February 2021
Google pushed December Pixel Feature Drop to its compatible Pixel smartphones. The update brought many new features, including the Adaptive Charge that takes care of your battery health so that it can live long. The feature preserves the battery health over time by dynamically controlling how quickly a Pixel device charges. The aim of the feature is to preserve battery life and maintain the original capacity. It does so by making sure the device’s battery gets filled slower than usual if you leave it plugged in overnight. But as spotted by the folks at 9to5Google, the actual process has one more requirement to work right.
The publication spotted the description on the support page that reveals one needs to set an alarm to let Adaptive Charging work. According to the support page, Adaptive charging uses your alarm’s settings to completely charge your phone. “When you charge your phone after 9 PM, with an active alarm set for 5–10 AM, your phone uses Adaptive charging. Otherwise, your phone charges normally.”
This means the Adaptive Charging will only work if you set an alarm within a specific time frame. It is like guiding the feature that you will wake up at this time and you want your phone fully charged before you wake up. Adaptive Charging feature will see your alarm setting and keep your phone ready before you wake up.
Yes, this is really a requirement needed for Adaptive Charge to complete its work. It may not look a big deal but it is definitely an obstacle in many scenarios. As the publication points out, not everyone set their alarms on weekends. Furthermore, there is always a case of forgetting, especially when someone is not an early riser.
Needless to say, you can always keep your alarm bell on silent. But still, the feature which is meant to work without the user’s action or interference actually asking for a big help. It is like you have to bear in mind that you need to set an alarm in order to let the feature do its charm for you. Nevertheless, the time frame is still big enough and has been set up by Google for your convenience.
For comparison, Apple’s Optimized Battery Charging works by predicting when an iOS device “will be connected to a charger for an extended period of time.” This means there is no user action needed. It is currently unclear if Google intends to deploy a similar algorithm in the future.
Google Pixel’s Adaptive Charging feature is available to Pixel 4/XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5. So, if you want to try this feature out, all you have to do is go to Battery settings and switch it on. Also, you are required to set an alarm between 5-10 am, whatever time is suitable for you.