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I have been utilizing my Pixel 8 Professional for a few weeks now and I grow to be extra satisfied that is the perfect Pixel that Google has launched up to now. It isn’t that it is a gigantic leap ahead from the Pixel 7 Professional, however there are sufficient small adjustments that come collectively to make the entire a really spectacular feat. 

Not solely is the headset simpler to carry, however the pace of the processor is significantly extra highly effective than its predecessor. The show is simpler to learn, and all of the little touches that include Android 14 actually seal the deal.

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So far as battery life is worried, I am glad to report that the Pixel 8 Professional beats the Pixel 7 Professional handily. As soon as I had all of the apps up to date (particularly Spotify), I discovered I used to be reaching the tip of the day with anyplace between 70% and 80% of my battery remaining. With my Pixel 7 Professional, I may commonly see between 50% and 70% of battery life left earlier than putting the cellphone on the charger. One factor to remember, nevertheless, is that I retire my cellphone pretty early each day. My Pixel is normally on its stand by 7 p.m. each day. So, in case your day ends effectively after that, do not count on to see 70-80% of your battery life remaining.

Anybody who’s ever used the identical cellphone for greater than a yr is aware of that battery life does decline. Google anticipated this subject with the Pixel 8 Professional and Android 14, and has added a helpful battery diagnostics instrument. This characteristic is just accessible to Pixel 8 telephones, so even you probably have a Pixel 7 with Android 14, you will not discover the diagnostics instrument accessible.

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Now, earlier than we proceed, this characteristic is not a lot a diagnostic instrument as a troubleshooting helper. It would not truly run checks in opposition to your battery. As an alternative, what it does is assist you to slim down the issue, primarily based on the commonest points that trigger issues with Pixel cellphone batteries.

So, you probably have a Pixel 8/Pixel 8 Professional, and also you wish to verify your battery, let me present you ways.

Methods to run battery diagnostics on Pixel 8 

What you will want: To run battery diagnostics, it’s essential to have both a Pixel 8 or Pixel 8 Professional. That is it. Let’s diagnose your battery.

Log into your Pixel 8 and pull the Notification Shade down twice. On the backside of the Shade, faucet the gear icon to open the Settings app.

You too can entry Settings by tapping the Settings launcher within the App Drawer.

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Scroll down till you see Battery and faucet the entry.

The Battery entry additionally shows how a lot juice your cellphone has remaining.

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Beneath the Battery widget entry, you will see Battery diagnostics. Faucet that to open the testing instrument.

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On the Battery diagnostics web page, you will discover 4 completely different checks you may run:

Battery draining too quicklyPhone may be very warmIssue with chargingOther subject

As an example you are discovering the battery is not lasting practically so long as it ought to. For that, faucet Battery draining too shortly. You’ll then be prompted to permit Pixel Troubleshooting to find out if there’s an issue. Faucet Permit to proceed to the check.

The completely different battery checks you may run on Android 14.

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On the subsequent web page, you will see two ideas to assist forestall untimely battery drainage, that are Display screen show and Apps utilizing extra battery. For instance, in the event you faucet Display screen show, you will be introduced with two choices:

Activate darkish themeTurn off clean show

Faucet both a kind of choices and it’ll take you to the placement in Settings the place you may maintain the issue. For those who faucet Apps utilizing extra battery, you will be taken to the Battery utilization web page, the place you may see which apps are utilizing nearly all of your battery. You possibly can then take motion and both cease the offending app, or — resembling in my case with Spotify — head to the Google Play Retailer and improve the app in query.

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You will additionally discover hyperlinks on this web page to extra articles on easy methods to enhance your battery life.

For my part, the characteristic wants a reputation change as a result of it isn’t a lot a diagnostics instrument however a assist web page to steer you to frequent points that trigger battery drainage. The great factor is that this characteristic does direct you to the problems that are inclined to all the time be the trigger. 

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For those who discover your Pixel 8 cellphone battery will not be lasting all day, my recommendation is to take a look at this web page and observe the recommendation you’re given. The probabilities are fairly good the web page will assist you to clear up your drawback.

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