Pixel 6 Users Report Battery Drain Issues After Android 13 Update, And We Can Confirm

You're not alone!


Google recently shipped the Android 13 update on Pixel devices, starting from the Pixel 4 series to the latest Pixel 6 series. While most features are working as expected, Pixel 6 users are reporting serious battery drain issues after the update.

I can confirm the same to be the case on my Pixel 6 unit. I’ve been charging the device at least twice a day since the stable update hit my device. The battery drains as it should while using the device, but the standby battery drain has been aberrant.

After thinking that it might be an issue with only my unit, I reset the phone but to no avail, and later found out that a lot of Pixel 6 users are facing the same issue. Other than that, users have also reported issues with RCS and Wireless Charging.

Lots of people on social media and Google forums have posted similar issues with their units. As of now, the issue only seems to be with Google’s latest flagships and not the older devices like the Pixel 5 or any “a” series devices.

After being suspicious about the drain, I thought of keeping a close eye on the battery drain, and surely enough, my Pixel 6’s battery went from 85% at night to 50% when I woke up (12 AM – 7 AM), with Always-on Display turned off, and DND turned on.

And you cannot downgrade to Android 12 on your Pixel 6 after updating, as Google recently updated the bootloader of the Pixel 6. The giant is yet to acknowledge the battery drain issues, but stay tuned as we’ll update it here as soon as we have an update.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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