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For questions that are specific to the original Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones. For the newer Pixel devices, use the appropriate tag (for example, for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, use [google-pixel-2]).

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How to select a Non OEM USB Type C charger or cable for my device?

Internet is replete with reports of problems of USB Type C accessories. Also reported here, Can a faulty Micro-USB cable cause damage to your device? How do I go about selecting right cable or charger,...
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How "Google Pixel (XL)" activates the "unlimited full resolution photo and video backup"

Google offers Pixel-Phone customers "Unlimited Full resolution photo and video backup". Does anyone know how Google handle this? I can imagine 3 options - but does anyone know which one matches ...
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Google just EOLed the original Pixel. How long until it's a brick?

Google has declared EOL for the original Pixel. I got my Pixel for a Google Fi account I use just for travelling, and I'm not really interested in replacing it. Realistically, how much longer can I ...
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Dark statusbar/quicksettings theme on Oreo?

I've updated my Google Pixel to Oreo. Now the statusbar and quick settings area have a light theme. Is it possible to change that back to the dark theme, like on previous versions of Android? The ...
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I keep seeing a popup in Android: "Install now to control when your device updates" - is my phone compromised?

I am seeing this popup displayed occasionally over more than one app (in this image, it is appearing over my calendar app). This appeared on a Google Pixel 6 Pro, which is updated to the latest ...
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How can I allow a second user account to unlock my device after a reboot?

I recently damaged the screen on my phone and am sending it in for repair. The repair shop I am using wants to be able to access certain features of the device, like the camera, Wi-Fi, etc, in order ...
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Long-pressing power button shows Assistant, how to restart the device?

The long press on the Power button that I used on my earlier Android (Oreo) is now popping up the assistant. So what is the secret gesture? This is for a Pixel 7 if that makes a difference.
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How to transfer files from PC to Android via wifi without special software?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_11 came out in late 2020, when most home networks use wifi. After searching for hours, I have been unable to find a built-in way of transferring files from my ...
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How can I find the exact factory image version that my Pixel is using?

I have a Pixel 3XL on android 10 and a Pixel 3a on android 11. I had previously installed magisk on the Pixel 3a when android 11 was in beta. Recently I found that it had lost root, presumably because ...
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My Google Pixel 2's touch screen suddenly quit working--how can I fix it?

My Google Pixel 2's touch screen suddenly stopped working. The screen itself works fine and shows everything perfectly, but the touch sensor is not working anywhere on the phone screen! It cannot ...
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Charging "hesitation" with Pixel

Here's an odd bit of behavior I'm seeing from my refurbished Pixel: When I plug it in using the rapid charger that came with it, it at first immediately shows as charging. Then stops less than a ...
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Couldn't unlock phone and stuck in a reboot loop after my battery completely died once, sideload doesn't fix

So one day my Pixel 3a's battery died (and since I quite urgently need the phone) I force it to boot up (cause sometimes you can still juice out a few minutes) but as it booted up, the wallpaper ...
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Android Pie only showing two folders to Android File Transfer

I have a Pixel which is running Android 9 and I have a computer running El Capitan with Android File Transfer. Under "Use USB for…", I have "PTP" selected. Android File Transfer only shows the folders ...
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How to disable sound during screenshot in Android 11 on Pixel 3?

I've already followed the steps here (although modified a bit, since I think that example wasn't using Android 11) to disable screenshot sound notifications: But the setting seemed to have no effect. ...
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Recover files from android that wont turn on

I have an og Pixel XL, a couple years ago it died on me and went into a boot loop where it shows the white screen with a Google logo and then it shuts off and turns black, and it repeats. It will ...
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Wi-Fi Calling feature on Pixel - How do I tell if it is using it?

I came across the Wi-Fi calling option in settings and thought I'd give it a try since my cellular phone connection with Verizon is very spotty at my house. It is supposed to use whichever has the ...
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I have a long string of group SMS/MMS messages on my Google Pixel 3 How can I back them up to a computer?

My wife and I run a small real estate business. In the course of our business we often setup a group text between ourselves and the tenants so that everyone is on the same page regarding anything ...
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Is it possible to charge and transfer files to an Android phone with a usb-c hub?

I'm considering buying a usb-c hub to use with my Android phone (Google Pixel), so that I can charge my phone, use a flash drive and a USB keyboard at the same time - all using the phone's single usb-...
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Settings crashes when I try to set a screen lock

I have a Google Pixel. The bootloader is unlocked, but the system software remains unmodified. A few days ago, I booted into TWRP (flashboot boot twrp.img) to access the data partition. The ...
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Is Google aware of multiple user profiles sharing the same Android device?

If I create two user profiles* on my Google Pixel device, is Google (potentially) aware that both of them share the same device--as per privacy policy and/or actual implementation? If so, is there any ...
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