May 12, 2022

Pixel 6 bugs: Everything we’ve seen so far

By Michael L Hicks published 9 days ago

We listed out every major Pixel 6 bug we’ve spotted since the October launch, and how many have been fixed.

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Smartphones tend to host their fair share of bugs just after launch. In some cases, software bugs or manufacturer errors take both consumers and developers by surprise; in other cases, you’ll encounter issues that the devs purposefully masked in order to drum up sales.

In the case of the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, people have spotted more than the usual share of bugs or unexpected issues since their October launch. Heightened expectations have led to some overblown Pixel 6 criticism, but it’s also fair to call Google out for many of these post-launch issues, many of which were caused by monthly updates. 

Most of these Pixel 6 bugs have been resolved by this point. However, if you’re still experiencing one, you can check our timeline below and see whether or not a past or future update will resolve the issue.Sponsored LinksDo You Speak English? You May Be Able To Work For a USA Company, Live in PakistanUSA Work | Search Ads

AUTO-REJECTED CALLS

The issue: Pixel 6 owners began complaining in April that their phones were automatically rejecting calls from contacts, directing callers straight to voicemail with you none the wiser. This is occurring despite no call-blocking features being active.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.516.0_en.html#goog_15597860330 seconds of 54 secondsVolume 0% PLAY SOUND

Is it fixed? The May Pixel 6 update log didn’t address this issue. Thus far, we have no report that Google has acknowledged the problem, either.

DIRTY PIPE

The issue: The dangerous CVE-2022-0847 vulnerability leaves all phones that launched with Android 12 vulnerable, including the Pixel 6 (Pro) and Galaxy S22 series. In theory, it would let a bad actor access the root kernel of your device.

Is it fixed? The May 2022 security update specifically addressed this issue. If you haven’t already, make sure to update your Pixel 6 to the latest version now.

WEAK HAPTIC FEEDBACK

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The issue: After the March 2022 security update, some users reported that the Pixel 6 haptics had become less noticeable, making it more likely you’d miss a notification buzz if you had your phone on vibrate.

Is it fixed? The May 2022 security update promised to provide “improvements for haptic feedback under certain conditions and use cases,” a direct reference to this issue.

GOOGLE MESSAGES BATTERY DRAIN

The issue: Opening Google Messages would cause the phone camera to open in the background despite it not being used, causing a massive and unexplained battery drain. Redditors reported on the issue months ago, but 9to5Google only recently publicized the issue.

Is it fixed? In a statement to The Verge, Google confirmed it was rolling out a fix to the Messages app that day. If you’re still experiencing the issue, check if your Messages app has received the latest update.

NETWORK / WI-FI CONNECTIVITY ISSUES

TikTok app on a Pixel 6 Pro
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The issue: Following the initial December update, many Pixel 6 owners encountered serious signal problems in areas where they’d previously had no issues with reception. Google eventually rolled back its December update and recommended users factory-reset their devices until it could fix the issue by late January.

Then, following the February update, users noticed consistent and random Wi-Fi drops.

Is it fixed? Yes, the January update did fix the network issue, while the March security update fixed the Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

UNRESPONSIVE FINGERPRINT SCANNER

Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor
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The issue: The majority of Pixel 6 owners have noticed that the fingerprint scanner takes too long or too many attempts to recognize a fingerprint compared to other phones.

Google claims its “enhanced security algorithms” ensure that fingerprints “take longer to verify or require more direct contact with the sensor.” However, others have blamed Google’s choice of an optical fingerprint sensor instead of an ultrasonic sensor.

Is it fixed? The mid-November update, December update, and March 2022 update all provided fingerprint scanner fixes. The first “improves the performance of your device’s fingerprint sensor,” while the second has “general improvements for fingerprint sensor stability and performance;” the third had “general improvements for fingerprint sensor stability & performance.” 

That being said, the Pixel 6 optical scanner still may not be as fast as other Android phones.

In her Pixel 6 set-up guide, our Pixel 6 reviewer Ara Wagoner provided a tip if these fixes didn’t work for you. One, Pixel 6 Pro owners may need to reinstall a screen protector that doesn’t interfere with the in-screen scanner. Two, all Pixel 6 owners should register their fingerprint twice, since the phone lets you store up to five prints. That way, the phone is more likely to recognize your print as working with at least one saved profile.

PHANTOM CALLING

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Pixel 6 at night
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The issue: Many people noticed that their Pixel 6 was “butt-dialing” specific contacts, even if the phone wasn’t in their pocket. It turned out to be an issue with Google Assistant misinterpreting random words from people or audio playback as the wake word, followed by a name.

Is it fixed? Yes. Download the latest Google app update (12.43.18) from the Play Store for a hot-fix. Also, the December 2021 security update provided a “fix for issue causing Assistant to unintentionally start a phone call in certain conditions.” While this update was postponed a month due to another bug, Google did eventually resolve it.

SCREEN FLICKERING / GREEN TINT

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The issue: Many Pixel 6 & 6 Pro owners noticed screen flickering when power cycling the phone. Among other issues, the screen could flicker during brightness adjustments or when locking and unlocking the phone. And some users noticed a white screen flash when the display turned off.Advertisement

Also, some users reported that their display had a green tint. This has been a common software issue on various Google, Samsung, and OnePlus phones over recent years.

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