This Pixel 6 series user was eventually able to regain his previous battery life by updating the Google Play Store, but this doesn’t appear to be the case for everyone. It’s possible that there will be some positive news. On the first Monday of every month, Google usually publishes the monthly Pixel update. That would have been yesterday, but because Labor Day is today, September 6, we should see the release.
Many customers of the Pixel 6 series have been dissatisfied with the way their phones have been performing ever since updated to Android 13 since the battery has been draining like a sieve and the phone has been running hot. Redditors like this one are claiming that their screen time (SOT) has been cut in half. “I received the A13 stable upgrade without participating in any beta testing, and my battery immediately failed. SOT decreased from 6–8 hours to 3–4 hours. In contrast to A12, I would reach midnight with 20% of the typical amount of time left while I was fully exhausted and struggling to reach my usual 11 p.m. or midnight.”
[img center inline []:”The real problem has nothing to do with app usage”
But suppose the update doesn’t address this problem? Some suggested uninstalling apps such as Facebook Messenger, Samsung Health, or the Reddit app to see if that helps with the battery life. Another suggestion that was mentioned on Reddit was to clear the cache on your apps. These are small bits of information that are stored to help with the performance of the apps on your phone.
But occasionally these files can get corrupted and cause an issue. To clear the cache on the Pixel 6 series, go to Settings > Apps > See all xxx apps. That opens the “All apps” menu and shows you a list of all of the apps on your phone. To clear the cache, tap the name of the app, tap on Storage & cache, and tap on Clear cache. Do not clear the storage since that includes data that you might need to use an app.
With any luck, the update will fix the fault that overheats the Pixel 6 series phones and rapidly drains their batteries. Although he also warns that Google may choose to ignore the issue, one Redditor expresses hope that it will be addressed in the September patch: “that’s likely to be the September patch… that’s if they even address/acknowledge it, because they could easily just ignore it like they have before lol.”
If none of these work, you might want to wait for the monthly update to see if it addresses the problem. If not, back up your data, hold your nose, and do a factory reset. First, go to Settings > Backup. Tap the blue Backup now button. To factory reset your phone, go to Settings > System reset > Erase all data. Some have said that a factory reset after the Android 13 update greatly improved the battery life of their Pixel 6 series device.