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PSA: Don’t charge your Pixel 6 with a cheap charging cable

Google says everything is working as intended.

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If you’ve recently bought a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro and found it wouldn’t charge with some of your chargers, throw out that cable before you do anything else. Your new flagship device is (probably) working as intended, rejecting low-quality or out-of-spec cables so it doesn’t damage your phone.

9to5Google noticed a growing number of users on Google’s support forums saying that using their existing chargers resulted in their Pixel 6 charging slowly, or in some cases, not at all.

The thing is, when we heard earlier this year that Google wouldn’t be putting a charging brick in the boxes for the Pixel 6 range, we thought it might be okay.

I mean, everyone has at least a USB-A charging brick that should be enough to charge a smartphone. Heck, most people have USB-C chargers now, so putting the USB-C to USB-C cable that Google provides into their existing charger shouldn’t cause issues.

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The problem is that so many generic charging bricks and USB-C cables play loose and free with charging standards, like the USB PD standard that Google uses for its Pixel range.

Google even states that “Other Android cables and power adapters might not work with Pixel phones,” as Pixels don’t use any of the other fast charging standards, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, OnePlus Warp Charge, or similar.

To avoid disappointment, you’ll need to replace all of your existing chargers with ones that support USB Power Delivery (PD), then banish all of your existing chargers to the netherworld (aka that drawer in your kitchen) so you don’t accidentally pick up one of the older, incompatible chargers.

Yes, that means actually increasing e-waste; not reducing it by not including a compatible charging brick in the box was supposed to do. So much for manufacturers like Google bragging about saving the environment.

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