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- Pixel 5 owners say the phone still has serious battery issues when the phone is idle.
- This happens regardless of the number of apps running.
- It is not certain if and when Google has a solution.
Do you wake up to find that the Pixel 5 battery has lost a lot of charge, even though it did little more than sit at your bedside table? You are not alone. The reader Pulak reports (and Android authority can confirm) that Google’s latest flagship still loses a significant amount of battery when idle, despite promises of a solution.
In our experience, a Pixel 5 with 70% battery charge before bedtime was dipped to 52% in the morning, seven and a half hours later. This despite the fact that you remove all apps and otherwise keep the activity to a minimum. Even new phones seem to have the same problem.
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Google promised in December that a solution for Pixel 5 battery operation would soon come through an Android software update, but it does not appear to have appeared in either monthly updates or off-schedule releases. We have asked Google for comment.
While the battery issue will not necessarily affect every Pixel 5 phone, it is certainly frustrating if yours has this issue. As long as the Pixel 5 normally lasts, it does not matter much if you have to make it through the day with far less than fully charged.
Pixel 5 is not the only modern Google phone with problems, we would add. Pixel 4a 5G owners reported touchscreen issues after the security update in December 2020. While these issues may not be severe, they suggest that Google’s Pixel software may need some polishing.