The September update for Pixel smartphones fixes several system issues, including battery drain and overheating issues on the Pixel 6 series. Unfortunately, Pixel 6 users on Verizon’s network haven’t received the update in time. While the rollout has just begun, many have yet to appear. If you’re one of those who haven’t yet grabbed the September update on a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, here’s a temporary workaround to control your phone’s temperature and reduce battery drain. Maybe users who are still facing these issues can also try this fix.
Reddit user who goes by the name of Human_Individual_815 on the platform has found a solution to battery draining and overheating issue on Pixel 6 series. According to them, disabling the access permission to the use for digital wellbeing and health services of the devices should help. Many users have found this simple trick to work. Their Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro heats up less and doesn’t eat battery juice like it used to. Of course, not everyone responded with positive feedback, but the feedback suggests the resolution is worth a try. After all, it certainly won’t make matters worse.
If you want to try this fix, you can do so from the Settings app. Search for Usage Access and tap it in the results (should appear at the top). Now scroll down to locate Usage Access and tap on it. Here find Digital Wellbeing and turn off the permission. Do the same for Device Health Services. Now restart your phone and you are good to go. If you’re lucky enough, the battery draining and overheating issue should be gone from your Pixel 6 unit. Comment on the Reddit thread here.
This fix for the Pixel 6 battery drain issue comes at a cost
Unfortunately, depriving the Digital Wellbeing and Device Health services of usage access permission would affect certain features of your Pixel 6. “Fashion Tips” (via). You may also experience issues with your Fitbit Wearable or other smartwatches. So, if these are crucial for you, you should avoid this solution. But that also means you have to live with those annoying battery drain and overheating issues.
Hopefully Google will cover all Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro units soon with the September update. More importantly, we hope the update fixes the issue for everyone. We will keep track of this and update you accordingly.