If you’ve got your hands on the latest Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, there are a lot of new additions that you’re yet not familiar with. While the new handset boasts some forward-facing additions like the Motion Sense technology and the 90Hz display, there are several other that are not readily available in the Settings. Yes, we’re talking about Android’s hidden “Developer Options”. We previously covered how users can enable Developer Options on the OnePlus 7 Pro and if you are not familiar with the mechanism, we’re going to show you how you can enable Developer Options in Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
Enable Developer Options On Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL – Step by Step Instructions
The Developer Options in Android 10 are richer than ever with more controls over how the operating system works. On the Google Pixel 4, you can tweak the 90Hz refresh rate, force dark mode and much more. So let’s dive in to see how you can enable Developer Options on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Navigate to About Phone.
3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on the Build Number 7 times in quick successions.
4. You will be asked to put in your PIN code.
5. Once you do that, you will get a message that “You are now a developer!”
That’s all there is to it. The process is fairly simple and holds controls beyond the stock settings. If you have successfully enabled developer options on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, you can access it through the Settings. Here’s how:
1. Open Settings.
2. Tap on System.
3. Tap on Advanced which will expand more options and one of these will be Developer Options.
You will find several new additions in Android 10 and the list of options also varies from phone to phone. Nonetheless, there are some pretty useful ones included as standard, so be sure to check them out.
That’s all there is to it, folks. This is the easiest way how you can enable Developer Options on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 as well. You can check out the screenshots for more details. If you’re not a fan, you can always disable the feature by toggling it off as shown above.
What your favorite feature on Pixel 4? How often do you use Motion Sense on your device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Take a few minutes and tweak some settings to get better battery life on your new phone.
A couple of tweaks can make a huge difference in battery life.
The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL can take some amazing photos, but early reviews (and my own experience) all point to poor battery life. It’s not clear what the main culprit is, but hopefully, Google will be able to address it through future software updates.
Until then, there are a few steps you can take to maximize the battery life of your Pixel 4, some of which includes turning off some of the Pixel 4’s new features. Yes, that’s inconvenient, but when your phone is powering off before the end of the day some sacrifices are necessary.
Here are five things you can do to improve battery life on your Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL.
1. Disable Always-On Display
It’s convenient to have the time and pending notifications constantly showing on your phone’s screen, but an Always-On Display shortens your phone’s battery life.
Turn off Always-On Display by going to Settings > Display > Lock screen Display and turn off Always on.
Keep in mind: The higher the refresh rate, the bigger the impact on battery life.
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2. Turn off Smooth Display
The Pixel 4’s display has a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz, but that comes at the cost of battery life. Out of the box, the phone will automatically switch between 60Hz and 90Hz depending on what you’re viewing, but you can turn off Smooth Display in an effort to squeeze the most power out of your phone’s battery.
Go to Settings > Display > Smooth Display and turn it off. With Smooth Display disabled, your phone’s display will stick to a 60Hz refresh rate, and save some battery in the process.
Turn off Motion Sense to save some battery.
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3. Turn off Motion Sense
Motion Sense, which lets you wake up your phone or change songs by recognizing a hand gesture, is constantly scanning and looking for motion in front of your phone. This, of course, will impact on battery life.
Turn off Motion Sense by going to Settings > System > Motion Sense. You won’t be able to switch tracks with a wave of your hand, and your morning alarm will keep blasting until you turn it off by tapping the screen, but at least you’re saving some battery, right?
Dark Theme will save battery life.
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4. Use Android 10’s Dark Theme
According to Google , using a dark mode or theme on your phone will improve battery life, and Android 10 just so happens to have a dedicated dark theme.
When it’s turned on most of Google’s own apps, as well as third-party apps, will replace the typical white background with darker colors, reducing the amount of energy used by the screen.
Go to Settings > Display and slide the switch next to Dark Theme to the On position.
5. Use regular wallpapers
The new Live Action wallpapers are fun and entertaining, but they also use more battery. So, if you’re trying to save every bit of energy you can, stick with a standard image.
We have a bunch of photos captured with the Pixel 4 that are sure to impress even hardcore iPhone users, as well as guides for using the Pixel 4’s coolest feature, Live Caption , and a handful of hidden features we’ve dug up .
Motion Sense on the Google Pixel 4 uses radar to allow you to perform actions on your phone without needing to touch it. Although out-of-the-box the Pixel 4 only has a small set of actions you can do with the radar system, there is now a way to remap Motion Sense gestures to do a whole lot more.
To do this, you only need to install an app called Button Mapper. There is both good news and bad news when it comes to this remapping, though. The good news is that you don’t need to have a rooted Pixel 4 to make it work. The bad news is that you will need the premium version of Button Mapper, which costs at least $4.29.
With that out of the way, there are some huge advantages to using the Button Mapper app to remap Motion Sense gestures. For example, Button Mapper adds in some tweaks such as playing a sound when your Pixel 4 monitors a gesture, which is a simple change that could have a big effect on your own interactions with the phone.
To get started with Button Mapper and get to remapping Motion Sense gestures on your Pixel 4, you first need to download and install the latest version of the app. You can do that through the Google Play Store but just be sure the app is version 1.40 or later. If for whatever reason it’s not, you can always sideload the APK from XDA Labs. Once installed, you need to upgrade to Button Mapper Pro from within the app itself.
Once you have the app installed and upgraded, un-rooted users will need to perform a command through ADB. The app will give you detailed instructions on how to do this, so don’t worry. Rooted users will be ready to go as soon as the app is installed and upgraded.
Once you have Button Mapper all set up, you can start mapping actions to gestures. For now, there is only one gesture: a swipe of your hand from left to right or right to left. You can customize your Pixel 4 to perform a variety of actions whenever you do this. For example, you could turn the flashlight on or off, open a specific app, set your phone into silent mode, and more.
If you’re concerned about Button Mapper conflicting with the pre-configured Motion Sense gestures, don’t worry: you can tell Button Mapper to temporarily stop while you are listening to music which will allow you to use swipe gestures to change tracks.
It’s early days yet for us having the ability to remap Motion Sense getures, so expect more feautres and options to arrive on Button Mapper soon. In the meantime, it’s worth spending the $4.29 to give this a shot!
Google ditched the fingerprint sensor, but you can unlock your Pixel 4 with your face instead. Here’s how to set it up.
Setting up Face Unlock takes just a few seconds.
With the launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL , Google has ditched the fingerprint sensor that we’ve grown accustomed to on previous phones. You’ll no longer be able to rest your finger on the back of the phone to unlock it or sign into your mobile banking app or password manager. Instead, Google is using facial recognition similar to the iPhone’s Face ID with the Pixel 4. Face Unlock is an important feature , not only for Google, but for all Android devices.
Working in tandem with Face Unlock is another new feature called Motion Sense . The radar-based feature can detect when you’re nearby, allowing you to control your phone just by waving your hand through the air — all without ever touching your phone.
Below I’ll cover how to set up Face Unlock, as well as some caveats you need to know about, and give you the rundown on Motion Sense.
Set up Face Unlock on the Pixel 4
When you first set up your Pixel, it should ask you to set up Face Unlock. The process requires you to register your face with your Pixel 4 by moving your head around until your phone has captured all of the information it needs.
If you skipped past the setup process, or are having trouble getting Face Unlock to recognize you, it’s easy to set it up.
Open the Settings app on your Pixel 4 and go to Security > Face unlock. Enter or create a PIN when prompted, then follow the prompts to register your face. I found the best way is to make small, slow movements with your head until all of the blue boxes disappear.
Once you’ve registered your face, any time you pick up your Pixel 4 your phone will scan your face and unlock without a PIN. In my experience, by the time I lift the phone up and look at it, it’s already unlocked and I’m looking at my homescreen. It’s pretty darn fast.
Face Unlock isn’t perfect.
Some things to keep in mind about Face Unlock
As with any new technology, there are some aspects of using Face Unlock you should know about:
- Right now, Face Unlock doesn’t require you to open your eyes. That means anyone with access to your phone can unlock it just by holding it up to your face, even if you’re asleep or unconscious. If that worries you, you can skip Face Unlock and set a strong passcode instead until Google releases an update that adds eye detection.
- Third-party apps such as password managers or banking apps have to be updated to work with Face Unlock, so you may be prompted to use your password when using apps that haven’t been updated.
- Turn on Always require confirmation if you want to confirm each time an app tries to use Face Unlock.
Motion Sense is a fun feature that takes some getting used to.
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Turn on and use Motion Sense
Motion Sense is the first consumer-facing product to come from Google’s Project Soli. On the Pixel 4, Motion Sense uses radar to detect movements in front of the phone’s display. Those movements can trigger things like skipping a track when listening to music, or silencing an alarm just by waving your hand over the phone.
You’ll need to enable Motion Sense before you can start using it by going into the Settings app > System> Motion Sense.
Using Motion Sense is kind of like magic.
Use Motion Sense
When Motion Sense is turned on and ready to use, you’ll see a small blue glowing light at the top of the screen.
For example, if you’re streaming music from Spotify and the phone detects you’re nearby, the top of the screen will have a slight glow. That’s an indication your phone is ready to read your hand gestures.
Using that same example, you can wave your hand a few inches above your phone to skip the current song, or go back to the previous song (more on that below).
Motion Sense can also detect when you’re nearby and turn on your Pixel’s always-on display.
The Motion Sense sensors at along the new bezel at the top of the phone.
Customize how Motion Sense works
To adjust how and when Motion Sense works, open the Settings app then go to System > Motion Sense.
Once there, you can set the wave direction for changing songs, or turn off the feature altogether. Likewise, you can control whether or not Motion Sense will silence alarms when it detects a gesture above the phone.
You can also disable Motion Sense from turning off the Pixel 4’s screen when you’re not near the phone if you’d prefer to have the always-on display constantly visible.
If you just picked up the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, be sure to check out the hidden features we found , along with how to use Pixel’s coolest feature Live Caption . Or if you’re still on the fence, we have plenty of photo samples for you to browse through .
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that battery life on the new Pixel 4 smartphones from Google isn’t quite up to snuff. The larger Pixel 4 XL with its 3,700 mAh battery isn’t horrible but getting through a full day on the Pixel 4, which only has a 2,800 mAh battery cell, is something that can only be achieved if you’re willing to make a few tweaks in the settings.
After changing these settings on our Pixel 4, we managed to increase the battery life of the phone from 12.5 hours to 15 hours on a full charge. The increase may not seem significant, but it’s the difference between your phone running out of power by dinner time and having enough power to stay alive until the late evening. On the Pixel 4 XL, these tweaks should allow you to make it through a long day with a 20-30% charge remaining.
Please let us know how these tweaks work for you and if you know of any other changes to the settings which will improve the Pixel 4’s battery life.
Disable Motion Sense
Besides the new camera features, Motion Sense is the one thing that truly sets the Pixel 4 lineup apart from the competition. If you’re not familiar with Motion Sense, the feature uses a radar sensor on the front of the phone to recognize a variety of gestures to control music playback while also enhancing other features on the phone line Face Unlock and the display which turns on as it senses your hand approaching. But as you can imagine, the Motion Sense radar runs all the time, chewing up your battery life.
- To turn Motion Sense off, go to Settings > System > Motion Sense and switch the toggle to the off position.
Turn off Smooth Display
Everyone was excited when Google announced that its Pixel 4 devices featured a 90 Hz display. With the Smooth Display feature turned on, the Pixel 4’s display will refresh 90 times per second in certain instances, but that will also drain your battery a lot faster than the basic 60 Hz refresh rate.
- You can switch off the Smooth Display feature by going to Settings > Display > Advanced > Smooth Display.
Disable always-on lock screen display
Since the display is one of the biggest consumers of power on a phone, you’ll want to limit its use to get the best battery life possible. The Lock Screen display feature is a great feature since it shows the time, calendar appointments and important notifications on the phone without having to hit the power button to see them, but having that information displayed at all times can take a toll on battery life.
- Go to Settings > Display > Advanced > Lock screen display and switch the Always on toggle to off
Adjust screen timeout setting
One quick way to save battery life is by changing the screen timeout setting to 30 seconds or less. This will ensure that the phone’s display isn’t wasting power when you’re not actually using it. Setting it to turn the display off after 15 seconds would be the best option, but we typically set it to 30 so that it doesn’t turn off on us prematurely while reading.
- Open Settings > Display > Screen timeout and select your desired time.
Turn off Face Unlock
The Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 4 is one of the best we’ve seen on an Android phone. Unfortunately, all the sensors needed for Face Unlock to work can be a strain on the battery. Since the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL don’t have a fingerprint sensor, you will need to use a PIN, pattern or password if you want to make sure your device is still secure.
- Disable Face Unlock by going to Settings > Security > Face unlock
- Enter your PIN, pattern or password
- Tap Unlock your phone to turn Face Unlock off
Turn off Ambient EQ
Like the Nest Hub products, Google is using an ambient light sensor on its new phones to adjust the color tone of the display based on the ambient lighting in your environment. The results are great with more natural-looking images, but like everything else we’ve listed here, this Ambient EQ feature does consume the precious power that we’re trying to preserve.
- You can turn on the feature by going to Settings > Display > Advanced and tapping Ambient EQ
Turn on Android 10’s Dark Theme
After years of toying with us, Google finally unveiled the long-awaited Dark Theme with Android 10. Many will enjoy the Dark Theme purely from an esthetics standpoint, but enabling the feature will significantly reduce the amount of power consumed by the AMOLED displays used on Google’s Pixel 4 smartphones. With the feature enabled, many third-party apps like Instagram and Slack will also switch to their dark themes, saving even more power.
- Turn on Dark Theme by going to Settings > Display and switching on the Dark Theme toggle
Use a dark wallpaper
To complement the Dark Theme on your Pixel 4, we also suggest using a dark wallpaper as well. The best option would be to go with a completely black wallpaper, but sticking with wallpapers with dark colors will still conserve a significant amount of power. You’ll find at least a dozen dark wallpapers in the phone’s default wallpaper collection, but we suggest downloading AMOLED Wallpapers or something similar which offers thousands of high-quality wallpapers specifically for smartphones with AMOLED displays.
Set Digital Wellbeing app timers
Google introduced Digital Wellbeing last year as a way to show Android users more information about how they use their phones. In addition to the stats that it presents, Digital Wellbeing also includes an app timer function that allows you to put daily time restrictions on certain apps. This can be helpful if you know you’re spending too much time browsing Instagram, playing Fortnite with friends or simply watching dozens of YouTube videos just to pass the time.
- Open Settings > Digital Wellbeing & parental controls > Dashboard
- Below the dashboard statistics, tap the hourglass icon next to the listed apps
- Select the daily time limit you want to set for that specific app and click OK
- Repeat the process for as many apps as you’d like
Android Authority‘s Pixel 4
One of the most exciting features on the Pixel 4 is its radar. Positioned just to the right of the earpiece speaker, the Soli radar creates a kind of field around the Pixel 4 that can detect movement. Depending on what’s happening at the time, your Pixel 4 can then predict what you want to do and help you do it. Let’s go through the various Motion Sense features the radar enables in more detail and explain exactly what they do.
What is Motion Sense?
Motion Sense is the name Google gives to the various radar-sensing features in the Pixel 4. You can get to the Motion Sense menu via Settings > System > Motion Sense. The section is divided into two parts:
- Quick Gestures – skips songs, silence interruptions
- Ambient Display – show display when nearby, reach to check phone
Each feature can be enabled or disabled individually and there’s a toggle to turn the radar on or off altogether. It should be noted that Motion Sense features will not work when your Pixel 4 is in battery saving mode or in airplane mode. So you know what they all do and how they work, let’s tackle them one by one.
This Motion Sense feature is pretty self- explanatory but it’s a little cooler than you might first think. When enabled, you simply pass your hand from left-to-right or right-to-left in front of the radar sensor to skip tracks forwards or backward. This works not only in your music app but throughout the Pixel software, so you can control your music from anywhere at any time. You can reverse the direction of the gesture if you want to.
It doesn’t matter how you hold your hand either: it works both flat-palmed and in karate chop style. The only trick here is to not have your hand too far away from the radar sensor or it might not pick up the gesture.
This might be the best Motion Sense feature of all right now (Google says it will add more as time goes by). It’s actually a two-part feature as it can be used both for lowering volume as well as silencing your phone. The radar detects when your hand comes close to your phone and lowers the volume of an alarm or phone call.
You can also use the same gesture as you would to skip a song. If an alarm is going off, simply wave it away to snooze the alarm for 10 minutes. If a timer alarm is going off, you can silence it entirely by using the skip songs gesture. The same gesture silences an incoming call but you can’t dismiss a call this way, only silence it.
Reach to check phone
Reach to check phone is a pretty straightforward Motion Sense feature as well. As in the example above, it uses the radar to detect when your hand comes within range of your phone and lights up your lockscreen to display the time and notification icons. But it also activates the two infrared face unlock cameras resulting in much faster face unlocking.
Interestingly, the Soli radar can distinguish between your hand reaching for your phone and waving across it as in the examples above. If you wave your hand across the screen, reach to check phone won’t actually be activated. You actually have to reach for your phone for it to work.
The existing Android feature “raise to wake” is also present on the Pixel 4 and technically does the same thing as reach to check phone, but with a key difference. With raise to wake, you have to first pick up the phone to activate the lockscreen and face unlock cameras. Reach to check phone is much faster because it activates everything before you even touch it. This is what makes the Pixel 4’s face unlock so much faster than other face unlocking systems that rely on raise to wake.
Show display when nearby
Show display when nearby can only be used if you’ve also enabled the Pixel 4’s always-on display. When this Motion Sense feature is enabled, the Pixel 4 will only activate the display when you are nearby. This results in better battery life than simply using the always-on display. The only issue is that your screen will light up whenever you’re near it, which might be mistaken for incoming notifications.
As you can see, Soli introduces a lot of cool new features to the Pixel 4. What’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
Google’s Pixel 4 smartphones are the first commercial products with Google’s Soli radar. The Soli radar powers various Motion Sense gestures on the new Pixel smartphones, which includes gestures to skip media tracks and silence incoming calls, timers, or alarms. Because the Soli radar operates at the 60GHz radio frequency, its use in the Pixel 4 is subject to regulatory approval by the telecommunications authority of each country. That’s why, at launch, Motion Sense gestures only work if your Pixel 4 is connected to a carrier in 1 of 53 whitelisted regions. However, with root access, you can bypass this restriction.
We actually found this method ourselves before the release of the Pixel 4, but because it’ll enable the transmission of radio waves in unauthorized frequencies, we didn’t want to encourage people to illegally use it in unsupported countries. Now that the cat is out of the bag, though, this workaround can’t really be contained, mostly because it’s so easy to do. OsloFeedback, the app that’s responsible for handling Motion Sense gestures, has a hidden debug flag that disables all regional checks. With this debug flag set to true, your Pixel 4 will let you use the gestures no matter what carrier your SIM card is connected to.
In order to set this flag, you’ll need to first unlock the bootloader and root your phone with Magisk. Then, you can either run the shell commands listed here or install the Xposed Module mentioned here. If you do the former method, I recommend setting the prop using MagiskHide Props Config so it persists across boots. If you do the latter, then you’ll have to install the Riru Core and EdXposed Magisk Modules as described here. Either way, you’ll end up bypassing Google’s regional restriction on Motion Sense gestures.
There shouldn’t be much harm in using this in unsupported countries since it’s so short-range, but you’re still taking a risk if you choose to do so.
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Motion Sense on Pixel 4 is now reported to work in as many as 38 countries, but India is not a part of the list.
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Pixel 4 will offer Motion Sense gesture-based navigation
- The Pixel 4 will also have a new ‘Recorder’ app
- Wallpaper app will offer customisation, new landscapes
- The theming app will let users create custom themes
Pixel 4 is just around the corner, and possible software additions to the Google flagship are now leaking online. The company will reportedly integrate a new theming app inside Pixel 4 bringing deep customisation to the UI design on your new phone. The Google Wallpaper app will also receive an update bringing new live wallpapers, and more. The Pixel 4 will reportedly also have a new ‘Recorder’ app that will enable users to record audio and share it via apps, messages, and more. Separately, Motion Sense on Pixel 4 is now reported to work on many music apps with more expected to be added in the future, and work in as many as 38 countries.
Starting with the theming app, Pixel 4 is reported to empower users to tweak how their UI will look and feel. The app offers deep personalisation features like creating custom themes, make system-wide font adjustments, customise icon shapes, and add new colour accents like blue, brown, green, purple, and more. 9to5Google reports that this app will make its debut alongside the Pixel 4 and will be called Pixel Themes. Those who cannot wait can try it out by downloading the Pixel Themes 10 app via APK Mirror. You will require Android 10 and Pixel Launcher installed on your phone, for this to work.
As mentioned, Pixel 4 also appears set to bring an updated Google Wallpaper app that will add customisation options and new backgrounds and landscapes as well. The Pixel Wallpapers 19 APK iIs also available, but it requires Android 10 to run on phones. For all others, developer Pranay Pandey has detailed a workaround, and you can read his detailed post to get more clarification.
Lastly, the Google Recorder app for Pixel 4 has also been leaked by 9to5Google, and it enables users to record audio and share it on varied third-party apps. An APK Mirror for this app is also available, and it requires Android 9.0 Pie and above to work.
Motion Sense on the Pixel 4 essentially will allow users to control apps and functions by simply gesturing over the screen, without touching it. 9to5Google now reports that this function will work with several music applications, with more to be added in the future. The list currently includes Amazon Music, Anghami, Apple Music, AWA, 벅스 (Bugs Music), Deezer, Gaana Music, 지니 뮤직 (Genie Music), Google Play Music, Hungama Music, iHeartRadio, JioSaavn, KKBOX, MyMusic, Napster Music, Pandora, Shazam, SiriusXM, Spotify, Spotify Stations, TIDAL Music, Wynk Music, YouTube Music, and YouTube.
Furthermore, 9to5Google also reports that Motion Sense on Pixel 4 will work in as many as 38 countries. However, India isn’t a part of that list. This is strange because Indian apps like Gaana, Hungama Music, JioSaavn are reportedly listed as part of compatible apps, but support for India hasn’t been listed. Google could announce support at formal launch, though. The reported current list of compatible countries include American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Indian Ocean Territories (Réunion Island & Mayotte), French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guam, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands in US, and Wallis and Futuna. Japan had already been listed in the past.
Google’s latest Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL take amazing photos and there’s no denying it. However, one of the key drawbacks is battery life. You have to admit that the battery life on Google’s flagships won’t get you through the day on a single charge. Nonetheless, there are a series of tweaks that you can perform to get the best battery out of your phone. If you’re unfamiliar, check out the list of tweaks below and fix Google Pixel 4’s battery life issues.
Tweak These Settings and Fix Google Pixel 4 Battery Life Issues
There are a number of ways to fix the Google Pixel 4 battery life and some of them involve turning off some of the features. Even though it might be inconvenient at times but when your smartphone’s battery is about to die at crucial times, some sacrifices go a long way. Here are some of the ways to fix the Google Pixel 4 battery life issues.
Turn off Always-On Display
Always-On Display is pretty handy at times when you just want to see your notifications at a glance. However, it is constantly up and running whereby consuming battery. You can turn it off to save some battery.
To turn it off, simply navigate to Settings > Display > Lock screen Display and then toggle off Always on.
Turn off Smooth Display
One of the major highlights of Pixel 4 is the 90Hz refresh rate. While it does add to the fluid user experience, it comes at the cost of battery life. The dynamic refresh rate will automatically transition from 60Hz and 90Hz depending on what you’re viewing and the higher the refresh rate will be the faster the battery will drain.
To fix Google Pixel 4 battery life in this situation, turn Smooth Display off. All you have to do is go to Settings > Display > Smooth Display and then toggle it off.
Use Dark Theme
Using Dark Mode or a Dark Theme on your smartphone can help contribute to better battery life. Google has added a system-wide dark mode in Android 10 which allows Google’s apps to adopt a dark theme. In addition, most third-party apps have also added support and Instagram is one of them. So it would be vital for you to use Dark Mode to fix Google Pixel 4’s battery life issues.
You can enable dark mode on your Pixel 4 by navigating to Settings > Display and then toggle on Dark Theme. You will see the entire screen turning back, whereby saving battery as fewer pixels are being pushed to light up the display.
Turn Motion Sense Off
Google bragged a lot about the Motion Sense on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. It basically allows you to wake up the device when you’re close, change a song through hand gestures and more. In short, Motion Sense is consistently sensing motion in front of your phone and this consumes a lot of battery.
Do take note that you won’t be able to perform the listed and other features like waving your hands to put off your alarms. You can fix the Google Pixel 4 battery life by turning it off. Turn off motion sense by going to Settings > System > Motion Sense and toggle it off.
Turn on Adaptive Battery
This is a very simple trick and every Pixel owner should make use of it. The Adaptive Battery is a system baked into Pixel phones that recognizes how an individual uses his phone. It then limits the infrequently used apps that run in the background and consume battery. In addition, Google says that it gets better over time so make sure that you have enabled it.
To enable Adaptive Battery on your Pixel 4, go to Settings > Battery > Adaptive Battery and toggle it on. You will see several changes as that app restricts the background activity of infrequent apps.
Use Battery Saver
This method is pretty simple and you might already use it. Your phone will make several changes in order to fix the Google Pixel 4’s battery life. For instance, your phone would restrict background refresh, turns off location services when the screen is off, the Google Assistant will be turned off and more. You can enable the battery saver from the notification shade at any time.
Uninstall Unused Apps
If you’re not using any app, it’s best to delete it and clear the clutter. While Adaptive Battery and the Battery Saver mode do their part well, it’s better if you uninstall the app. This will prevent any background app usage and ultimately have an impact on battery life. Simply scroll through the app drawer and look for the apps that you don’t use and delete them.
Restrict Background Location Access
With Android 10’s new permission management system, you can restrict the background location of your device. You can limit it and even turn it off completely. This will help you fix the Google Pixel 4’s battery life issue.
All you have to do is head over to Settings > Privacy > Permission Manager > Location and see the apps that have full access to your location even when the app is not being used. Simply tap on each app and change it to “Allow only while using the app” if you want to restrict the access. You can also “Deny” the access completely if you don’t want an app to have your location.
Use Standard Wallpapers
Google’s Live Action Wallpapers are quite entertaining but they do contribute to hurting Pixel 4’s battery life. If you’re trying to save power, you should choose a standard image.
Get a Fast Charger
While all of these methods do work to fix the Google Pixel 4’s battery life, take note that investing in a Fast Charger also goes a long way. At times when you’re not using your phone, you can always charge your device. In addition, you should use fast chargers, wireless chargers, and even car chargers to keep your device juiced up at all times. A fast charger would simply take less time to charge more. Check out our list of fast chargers that support Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.
That’s all there is to it, folks. Google Pixel 4 boasts a small battery and these tweaks are really necessary if you’re trying to get the most out of your new handset. If not, it is very rare that you will make it through the day. So be sure to check them out, implement it for yourself and see the changes.
This is all for now, folks. What technique do you use to save battery life on your new Google Pixel 4? Share your views with us in the comments.