The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL capture beautiful pictures, but this comes with its disadvantage too. It all leads to poor battery life. No one knows why this happens, but we can only hope Google will look into it in future software updates. Till then, there are few instructions you can adhere to if you want to maximize the battery life of your Pixel 4’s battery life.
You might even need to disable some of the Pixel 4’s new features. Yes, that will be frustrating, but if your device keeps powering off way too early, closing your eyes to these frustrations might be the way to go.
1. Deactivate Always-On Display
It is comfortable to have the time and pending notifications consistently showing on your device’s screen, however, an Always-On Display will weaken your device’s battery life quickly.
Disable Always-On Display by heading to Settings > Display > Lock screen Display and then deactivate Always on.
2. Deactivate Smooth Display
The Pixel 4’s screen has a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz, however, that will affect your battery life. When you purchase it, the device will instantly switch between 60Hz and 90Hz, depending on what you are watching, but you can disable Smooth Display if you want more power from your battery.
Head to Settings > Display > Smooth Display and disable it. When Smooth Display is turned off, your device’s screen will remain on 60Hz refresh rate, and your battery will be preserved.
3. Enable Motion Sense
Motion Sense, which allows you to wake up your device or change songs by recognizing a hand gesture, is consistently scanning and searching in front of your device. This, surely, will affect your battery life.
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Disable Motion Sense by heading to Settings > System > Motion Sense. Switching songs by waving your hands will not be possible and your morning alarm will continue waking you up until your deactivate it by touching the screen, but at least you will preserve your battery.
4. Use Android 10’s Dark Theme
Google has said making use of a dark mode or theme on your device will enhance battery life, and Android 10 comes with a dedicated dark theme.
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When it is activated, lots of Google’s own applications and 3rd-party applications will replace the regular white background with darker colors, decreasing the amount of energy used by the display. Head to Settings > Display and slide the switch close to Dark Theme to “On”
5. Use normal wallpapers
The fresh Live-Action wallpapers are cool and beautiful, but they are not your battery’s friend. Therefore, if you really want to preserve your battery, use the regular wallpapers.
More Information About Your Pixel 4
Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are Android smartphones from the Google Pixel product line, serving as successors to the Pixel 3. The phones were officially announced on October 15, 2019 and were released in the United States on October 24, 2019.
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Google confirmed the device’s design in June 2019 after renders of it were leaked online. In the United States, the Pixel 4 is the first Pixel phone to be offered for sale by all major wireless carriers at launch. Previous flagship Pixel models had launched as exclusives to Verizon and Google Fi; the midrange Pixel 3a was additionally available from Sprint and T-Mobile, but not AT&T, at its launch. As with all other Pixel releases, Google is offering unlocked U.S. versions through its website.
The Pixel 4 ships with Android 10 and Google Camera 7.1. The devices feature several features powered by their Pixel Neural Core (a successor to the Pixel Visual Core): in addition to its existing use for image processing, it is used by the new Recorder app (a voice recorder with live transcription), and the “new” Google Assistant, which contains enhancements to allow for increased client-side recognition of commands that are local to the device (rather than querying Google servers).
After Google demonstrated astrophotography sample photos, a scene of San Francisco with the moon blown out and the woods underexposed was shown. Marc Levoy explained that the difference in light between the moon and woods was too significant, requiring 19 stops of dynamic range which no phone or DSLR camera was currently capable of performing. Marc reaffirmed Google’s commitment to improving the camera with software updates (a signature of the Google Pixel Phones) and said to stay tuned.
The Pixel 4 received an overall score of 112 from DxOMark, a 10 point improvement over its predecessor. It had a photo score of 117, a video score of 101, and a selfie score of 92.
The Pixel 4 and 4 XL received mixed reviews from critics, with praise going to the photography capabilities of the devices, the move to 6 GB of RAM from 4 GB, and the 90 Hz refresh rate screen, but were criticized for their extremely low battery life (especially on the smaller Pixel 4), the low amount of non-expandable storage, the lack of an ultra-wide-angle camera lens, the removal of the fingerprint sensor in favor of the secure Face Unlock, the lack of 4K 60 fps video recording, the lack of headphones or an adapter in the box, the Motion Sense system’s poor detection, and the high price compared to other flagship smartphones.
Google was also criticized for not providing an unlimited uncompressed photo and video cloud storage like its Pixel predecessors had.
There you have it – a comprehensive tutorial on how to your’s Pixel 4’s battery life, if you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.