How does Android 13 affect Pixel 6 battery life? Disagreeable

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 22 Aug, 2022

As the Android 13 update has been rolled out to Pixel models, now is the time to consider the improvements. In the latest Android build, Google exterminated 151 bugs, and some Pixel 6 series users found that the under-display fingerprint scanner was faster and more accurate.

The iPhone 6 series introduced a new feature that dismisses alarms and timers by simply saying 'Stop!' This feature had previously worked intermittently but now always works. 

The battery life of the Pixel 6 line post-update is one area where there isn't a consensus. A Reddit user named aleemkhan123 posted, 'I'm seriously freaking out. Battery life SUCKS after updating to Android 13 stable from 13 betas 4.1.'

A few users have blamed Samsung Health, but other users, like user badadam1969, disagree. Samsung Health doesn't cause the problem, he wrote. When I updated beta 4.1, my SOT went from 4 hours to 4 minutes. It's already optimized without steps.

The average usage is between 3 and 5%. 'I'll do a factory reset and see if that helps. That resulted in a big pop in SOT for some Pixel 6 series users. Although this writer dislikes the words factory and reset, give it a try if your SOT is 3-4 hours. 

Be sure to make a backup of your data before proceeding. As Redditor Notnull3947392 claims, 'I did a factory reset after I upgraded to 13 and my battery seems ridiculously good. It's unreal how amazing the P6P is.'

However, beware. According to some Pixel 6 users, a factory reset didn't affect their SOT. Others suggest disabling 5G, but what is the point of buying a phone that supports 5G if you don't intend to use it? Taking a power bank wherever you go would be a better idea.

As for my Pixel 6 Pro, I usually have my phone plugged in since I spend most of my day at work behind a QWERTY keyboard. Yes, it's not good for the battery's long-term health, but it keeps me close to 100% when I'm going out.

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have decently sized batteries at 4614mAh and 5003mAh, respectively. Both phones had mixed reviews about their batteries before Android 13 was released. 

When we tested the Pixel 6's YouTube Video Playback performance back in November, it lasted 11 hours. Pixel 6 Pro followed at 9 hours and 10 minutes, followed by iPhone 13 Pro Max at 10 hours and 23 minutes. Next was the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

While the Pixel 6 has the smaller battery of the two, it also has a smaller screen with a 1080p resolution compared to the Pixel 6 Pro's 1440p resolution. In addition, the latter phone has a refresh rate of 120Hz compared to 90Hz on the smaller one.

We're interested in hearing how the Pixel 6 series battery life has changed following the Android 13 update. Is SOT improving or has battery life deteriorated? How did you improve your SOT if you chose the latter option?

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