How to fix auto brightness issues with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro both features an auto brightness setting that will adjust the brightness level based on the viewing environment. This feature may cause the screen to become too dim or too bright.

You can check out this guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can potentially fix this auto brightness issue.

What is Adaptive Brightness on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro?

The auto brightness feature on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is referred to as Adaptive Brightness. With this enabled, your smartphone will detect the surrounding ambient lighting conditions, as well as your activities on the phone, to adjust to an appropriate brightness level.

Should you turn on Adaptive Brightness on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro?

We recommend turning on Adaptive Brightness on the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro as the automatic screen brightness adjustments are more streamlined as opposed to having to manually adjust the brightness every time.

How to enable Adaptive Brightness on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

In order to enable Adaptive Brightness on the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro, you need to take the following steps:

1. Head to the Settings app.

If you don’t know how to get to this application, you can swipe upwards from an empty space in the Home menu and then select Settings from the list of installed apps.

You can also swipe downwards from the top of the screen two times and then select the gear icon to get to Settings.

2. Inside the Setting app, select Display from the list of options,

3. In the Display menu, you should see the “Adaptive brightness” option.

How to fix auto brightness issues on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

If the Adaptive Brightness is causing the screen of your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro to be too dark or too bright, then you can try manually adjusting the brightness level.

One of the methods is to swipe down from the top of the screen two times. Afterwards, you should be able to see the brightness bar at the very top.

You can also go to the Settings app and then select Display to find the brightness bar.

Make sure you adjust the brightness level to your liking for multiple lighting conditions (such as in the morning, noon, afternoon, nighttime, inside and outside).

Over time, your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro will learn about your brightness level preferences and should automatically adjust the brightness intensity more accurately.

Avoid blocking the cameras

One last tip in regards to resolving the auto brightness issues with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is to avoid blocking the cameras.

Based on our experience, these phones use its cameras to detect the lighting condition of the surround ambient environment. If your hand or another object in blocking the these camera lenses, then the Adaptive Brightness may end up not working as you intended.

How to turn off Hey Google and Voice Assistant on Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro support voice commands. You can check out this step-by-step guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can disable the Hey Google and Voice Assistant features.

How to disable Hey Google on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

In order to turn off Hey Google on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, then you need to take the following steps:

1. First off, you need to get into the Settings app.

To do so, you can swipe down from the top of the screen two times. Afterwards, you need to select the gear icon.

You can also swipe up from the Home menu to view all the currently installed apps on your phone. From there, tap the Settings app.

2. After opening the Settings app, scroll down and then tap Google.

3. In the Google menu, tap Settings for Google apps.

4. Inside the Settings for Google apps menu, tap Search, Assistance & Voice.

5. In the next screen, tap Google Assistant.

6. You then need to tap Hey Google & Voice Match.

7. In the Hey Google & Voice Match menu, make sure that the Hey Google switch to the right of the setting is set to the left side. If the switch is to the right, then you need to select that setting to move the switch to left and thus, disable that feature.

 

How to disable Voice Assistant on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The Voice Assistant cannot be completely disabled on the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro. However, you can limit this feature by changing how the power button functions.

Be default, pressing and holding the power button on both of these smartphones will activate the Voice Assistant. To change this function, you need to do the following:

1. Launch the Settings app.

2. Select System from the list of options available in the Settings app.

3. In the System menu, select Gestures.

4. Inside the Gestures menu, select Press and hold power button.

5. In the Press and hold power button screen, make sure that the switch next to the Hold for Assistant setting is set to the left. If it is set to the right, then you need to select this setting in order to move the switch left and, thus, disable this feature.

After disabling this feature, you should see the following message below Hold for Assistant:

“Press and hold for the power menu”

With Hold for Assistant disabled, pressing and holding the power button on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro will now bring up the power and emergency menu instead of activating the Voice Assistant.

The Voice Assistant can still be activated by tapping the microphone symbol on the Google search bar in the Home menu. This search bar can’t be removed.

How to turn off voice controls on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro 

To turn off the voice controls on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, then you need to take the following steps: 

1.  Go to the Settings app.

2. Inside of Settings, select Accessibility.

3. In the Accessibility menu, select Voice Access.

4. In the Voice Access menu, make sure that Voice Access is turned off. If the switch is to the right, then it indicates that this feature is currently enabled. To disable it, simply select Voice Access to more the switch to the left.

How to add back, home and app overview buttons to Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro

By default, the new Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro use gestures for system navigation.

In order to go back, you need to swipe left from either the left edge or right edge of the screen. To go to the home screen, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Finally, to switch between currently opened apps, you need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen and then hold until you see the app overview.

If you would rather use on-screen buttons to go back, go home and find all the open all apps, then you can check out this step-by-step tutorial at Seeking Tech.

1. The first step is to get to the Settings app.

You can get to this app from swiping down two times from the top of the screen. You then need to tap the gear icon.

Alternatively, you can swipe up from an empty space on the Home menu to bring up a list of currently installed applications on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. You can then tap the Settings app.

2. Once you get to Settings, navigate down the list and then select the System option.

3. After getting to the System menu, tap the Gestures option.

4. Inside the Gestures menu, tap the System navigation option from the list.

5. In the System navigation, tap the 3-button navigation option.

This setting will replace the swipe actions with three buttons on the bottom of the screen.

The backwards play button is used to go back to a previous screen.

The circle button is used to go back to the Home menu.

The square button will show an overview of currently opened apps. Here, you can switch to another opened app or close any apps that are currently opened.

If you have concern about these buttons potentially causing the OLED screen of your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro to burn-in, then you can check out this guide to see how you can prevent these issues from occurring.

How to disable the go back, home and switch app buttons on Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro

If you want to disable the go back, home and switch app buttons, then you need to take the following steps:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Go to System.

3. Go to Gestures.

4. Go to System navigation.

5. Select Gesture navigation.

The backward play, circle and square buttons will be removed from the bottom of the screen. You now have to use swipes to navigate your phone.

How to disable ‘Get to know your Pixel’ and ‘Pixel Tips’ on Pixel 6/Pixel 6 Pro

When using your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro, you may see “Get to know your Pixel” and/or “Pixel Tips” notifications occasionally appear. To see how you can get rid of these messages, you can check out this tutorial from Seeking Tech.

How to delete Pixel Tips app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to delete the Pixel Tips app from the Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Instead, you need to pause, force stop or disable the app to stop the “Get to know your Pixel” and “Pixel Tips” notifications from appearing when you use your smartphone.

How to pause the Pixel Tips app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Pausing the Pixel Tips app will disable these help messages for the rest of the day.

In order to disable the application, you need to take the following steps:

1. On the Home screen, swipe upwards from an empty area. In done correctly, you should bring up a list of apps you have installed on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

2. Next, tap and hold the Pixel Tips app. Make sure you don’t move your finger around when holding the app.

3. A small pop-up menu should open. Here, tap the “Pause app” option.

How to force stop the Pixel Tips app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Forcing the Pixel Tips app to stop will close it. In addition to preventing the “Get to know your Pixel” and “Pixel Tips” notifications from appearing, this will also free up resources for your phone.

To force stop this app, you need to do the following:

1. Swipe upwards from an unoccupied space on the Home screen to open a list of installed apps.

2. You should then tap and hold the Pixel Tips app.

3. In the pop-up menu, tap the “App info” option.

4. Inside of the “App info” menu, tap the “Force stop” option.

5. In the pop-up notification, tap OK.

The Pixel Tips app will remain closed until you either restart or shut the phone down and then turn it back on again.

How to disable the Pixel Tips app on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Disabling the Pixel Tips app should permanently disable the “Get to know your Pixel” and “Pixel Tips” messages. This app will also be hidden from the list of installed apps on your screen.

To disable, you need to take the following steps:

1. From an empty space on your home screen, swipe upwards to reveal a list of installed apps.

2. Tap and hold the Pixel Tips app.

3. Next, you need to tap “App info.”

4. After getting to the “App info” menu, tap the Disable option.

5. In the pop-up notification, tap the “Disable app” option.

How to fix touchscreen issues with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

When using your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro, you may notice that the touchscreen may inaccurate, unresponsive and/or contain dead zones.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, then you can check out this guide from Seeking Tech.

1. The first step you should be taking is to increase the sensitivity of the touchscreen for your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

You can do so by taking the following steps:

  • To start, you need to open Settings app, which you can do by first swiping upwards on an empty space in the Home screen. Next, you need to tap the Settings app from the list of installed apps.
  • Inside the Settings app, tap Display.
  • Once you arrive at the Display menu, make sure that the “Increase touch sensitivity” option is enabled.

2. If the inaccurate, unresponsive and/or dead zone issues are only occurring when you are using one specific app, then you can try updating the app.

  • To updates apps, first open the Play Store App.
  • Inside the Play Store, tap your profile icon, which should be on the right side of the search bar.
  • In the pop-up menu, tap the “Manage app & device” option.
  • In the “Manage app & device” menu, we recommend tapping “Update all” so that you can update all of your installed apps at the same time.

3. You can also try closing an app and then restarting it again. To close an app, you need to do the following: Swipe upwards from the bottom of the phone and then hold. In the next screen, swipe upwards on the app that you want to close.

4. Furthermore, you can reboot your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. To do so, press the power button and volume up button at the same time. In the power and emergency menu, tap the Restart option.

5. You can also try updating the operating system of your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro phone.

To update to the latest firmware, you need to do the following:

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Inside the Settings app, select the System option from the list.
  • Once you get to the System menu, select the “System update” option.
  • In the next screen, you should get a prompt to update if there is a new firmware available for the operating system.

6. The touchscreen issues may be related battery drain, which is normally caused by certain apps or settings taking up too many resources. You can check out this troubleshooting guide to see how you can fix the shortened battery life issue and, therefore, potentially fix the touchscreen issues as well.

7. A factory reset may also be helpful in getting rid of the touchscreen problems on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

Keep in mind that this process will erase all the settings and files you have saved on your smartphone. Therefore, we recommend manually backing up your phone before resetting it to factory settings.

To factory reset, we suggest doing the following:

  • First off, you should open the Settings app.
  • Inside of Settings, tap Google.
  • From the Google menu, tap Backup.
  • In the Backup menu, select the “Back up now” option.
  • With your phone backed up, head back to the first page of the Settings app.
  • Next, you need to tap System.
  • Inside the System menu, tap “Reset options.”
  • After getting to the “Reset options” menu, tap the “Erase all data (factory reset)” option.
  • After your phone has been factory reset, you will have to initialize it once again. During this process, you will eventually be asked to download the backup data you previously created.

8. When using your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you should also make sure that your fingers and the phone’s screen are cleaned.

To find out how to properly clean these Google smartphones, you can check out this guide.

9. If you are using a screen protector and are still experiencing touchscreen issues after trying the aforementioned potential fixes, then you might want to consider removing the protector from the screen of your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

How to fix battery drain issues with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Both the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro have been listed to have a battery life of 24 hours or more. If the battery life for your phone lasts much less than 1 day, then you may be suffering a battery drain.

You can check out this guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can extend the battery life of your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro.

1. The first step we recommend taking it to close any opened apps that you aren’t currently using. To do so, you need to do the following:

  • Swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen and then hold to view a list of apps that are currently opened on your phone.
  • In this menu, swipe up on an opened app to close it.

2. If you have apps running on the background, then you can do the following:

  • To begin, you need to unlock the “Developer options” menu. Start by going to the Settings app.
  • In the Settings app, select the “About phone” option.
  • In the “About phone” menu, you need to tap the “Build number” option 7 times in quick succession.
  • With the “Developer option” menu unlocked, go back to Settings and then select System.
  • In the System menu, select “Developer options. “
  • In the “Developer options” menu, make sure to enable “Use developer options.”
  • You then need to select “Running services.”
  • In the “Running services” menu, you will see a list of currently running background apps on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. Here, you can select the app that you want to close.
  • In the “Running app” menu, select the “Stop” option.

3. You can also force stop or uninstall any apps that are using a lot of battery. To do so, you need to take the following steps:

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Inside Settings, select the Battery option.
  • In the Battery menu, select Battery Usage.
  • In the “Battery usage” menu, you should see the apps that have been opened, as well as the battery percentage consumed, over the past 24 hours.
  • Here, you need to select an app that you want to force to stop or delete.
  • In the next screen, you can select “Uninstall” or “Force stop.”

4. You should enable adaptive battery (which will extend the battery life based on your activities) and adaptive charging (which is designed to preserve the long-term life of the battery).

To turn on both, you need to do the following:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Battery.
  • Tap the “Adaptive preferences” option.
  • In the “Adaptive preferences” menu, make sure that both “Adaptive Battery” and “Adaptive Charging” are enabled.

5. You can also try switching from using 5G to LTE. In order to do so, you can check out this tutorial.

6. We also recommend disabling any non-essential notifications, which you can do by taking the following steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • In Settings, select Notifications.
  • In the Notifications menu, select “App settings.”
  • In the “App notifications,” you can block notifications from any non-essential app you have installed on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

7. We also suggest disabling Smooth Display by doing the following:

  • Head into the Settings app.
  • Select Display.
  • In the Display menu, disable the Smooth Display feature.

8. Furthermore, you should turn off the “Force peak refresh rate” and “Allow window-level blurs” settings.

You can find both of these in the aforementioned “Developer options” menu.

9. You can also lower the screen brightness by doing the following:

  • Go to the Settings app.
  • Inside the Settings app, select Display.
  • In the Display menu, select “Brightness level.”
  • At the top of the screen, you will be able to use the bar to lower the screen brightness.
  • We also recommend disabling the “Adaptive brightness” setting in the same Display menu.
  • Furthermore, we also recommend enabling the “Dark theme” setting.

10. Moreover, you can disable vibrations and haptics by doing the following:

  • Open up the Settings app.
  • Inside Settings, select Accessibility.
  • In the Accessibility menu, select the “Vibration & haptics” option.
  • Inside the “Vibration & haptics” menu, you can choose to disable all rumble. You can also choose to disable vibration for calls in addition to being able to adjust the rumble intensity for ring, notifications and touch feedback.

11. A quick may to fix battery drain is to enable the Battery Saver mode, which you can do by taking the following steps:

  • Swipe downwards from the top of the screen.
  • Swipe downwards from the top of the screen again.
  • You should be able to see the Battery Saver setting. Make sure to turn it on.

With the Battery Saver mode activated, your phone will automatically do the following:

  • Enable Dark Theme.
  • Disable the “Always show time and info “feature.
  • Disable apps from running in the background.
  • Disable OK Google functionality.
  • Disable location services when the phone screen is turned off.
  • Disable car crash detection.
  • Disable smooth display.
  • Delay notifications.
  • Limit refreshed content on an app to only when it is first opened.
  • Switch preferred network type from 5G to LTE.

12. Finally, you can also enable the Extreme Battery Saver mode by doing the following:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select Battery.
  • Select Battery Saver.
  • Select Extreme Battery Saver.

In the Extreme Battery Saver menu, you can select the “When to use” option and then pick between the following:

  • Ask every time
  • Always use
  • Never use

You can also select the “Essential apps” option to add apps that you want excluded from being limited by the Extreme Battery Saver.

Aside from essential apps, this mode will cause your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro to automatically perform the following actions:

  • Disable Bluetooth scanning.
  • Disable Wi-Fi scanning.
  • Disable your work profile.
  • Disable current hotspot connection.
  • Disable current tethering connection.
  • Pause most apps.
  • Stop paused apps from sending notifications.
  • Slow down CPU usage.
  • Set the screen timeout to 30 seconds.

How to fix fingerprint unlock issues with Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

One of the most common problems with the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro is recognizing fingerprints.

You can check out this troubleshooting guide from Seeking Tech to see how you can fix the fingerprint unlock issues with these smartphones.

How to increase touch screen sensitivity on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Increasing the touch screen sensitivity on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro may help alleviate the fingerprint recognition problems.

In order to do so, you need to take the following steps:

1. Begin by going to the Settings app.

You can do so by swiping downwards from the top of the screen on your phone two times to show the gear icon. You then need to tap the gear icon.

Another way is to swipe upwards from an empty space on the Home screen, which should bring up the Installed Apps menu. Here, you can tap the Settings app.

2. With the Settings app opened, select Display.

3. Inside the Display menu, you should see the “Increase touch sensitivity” option.

How to add more fingerprints to unlock Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

To increase the accuracy of the fingerprint recognition, you can add more fingerprints to your Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro.

In order to do so, you need to do the following:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. From Settings, select Security.

3. In the Security menu, select Fingerprint Unlock.

4. You may be asked to unlock your phone with a PIN or other methods.

5. In the Fingerprint Unlock menu, select the “Add fingerprint” option.

6. In the next screen, we recommend using the same finger you used previously.

7. Follow the instructions on screen. We also recommend trying different angles and applying different amount of pressure than you did originally to the touch screen of your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 phone.

8. Once you are done, you can add another fingerprint profile. We recommend using the same finger again. You should also use different angles and apply different pressures than you did before.

9. You can have up to 5 fingerprints stored on the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro. Therefore, you should repeat these steps over and over again to improve the accuracy of the fingerprint unlock. Keep in mind that you can also delete other fingerprint profiles as well if you need additional adjustments after reaching the maximum amount.

How to improve fingerprint unlock on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

There are also a few steps you can personally take to make sure that the fingerprint is recognized:

The first of which is to make sure that the finger is clean.

You should also make sure that the screen of your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro is also clean. You can check out this tutorial to see how you can properly clean the screen of your phone.

When using fingerprint unlock, you need to hold your finger still with no movement. Do not let go until you feel the phone vibrate.

If you installed a screen protector to your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro after setting up your fingerprints, then we recommend that you delete all your fingerprint profiles that you have stored on your phone and then add new fingerprints.

You can also try using a different finger if your phone still has a hard time recognizing your fingerprints.

How to change preferred network type for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro both support multiple network types as you can pick between 5G, LTE, 3G and 2G. You can check out this step-by-step guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can change the preferred network for these smartphones.

How to change preferred network type on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

The fastest way to change the preferred network type of your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro is by doing the following:

1. First off, you need to get into the Settings app on your phone.

You can do so by swiping downwards from the top of the screen two times. You should then be able to select the gear icon to get to Settings.

You can also swipe upwards from an unoccupied space on the Home menu to bring up a list of installed applications. From there, you should be able to select the Settings app.

2. In Settings, you need to select the “Network & internet” option.

3. In the “Network & internet” menu, select the “SIMs” option.

4. In the next screen, select “Preferred network type.”

5. In the pop-up menu, you can select between the following options:

  • 5G
  • LTE
  • 3G
  • 2G

How to change preferred network type on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via Safe Mode

If you don’t see the option to change the preferred network type, then you may be able to find it in Safe Mode.

In order to so, you need to take the following steps:

1. Press the power button and volume up button at the same time to open the Power and Emergency menu.

2. In the Power and Emergency menu, press and hold the “Power off” option until you see the Safe Mode notification.

3. Select OK in the notification to reboot your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro phone in Safe Mode.

4. After your smartphone has been rebooted in Safe Mode, swipe downwards from the top of the screen.

5. Afterwards, you should see the “Airplane mode” setting. If this setting is set to On, then you need to select that mode in order to turn it off.

6. Wait until your phone is reconnected to its cellular network.

7. Next, you need to go to the Settings app.

8. Inside of Settings, select the “Network & internet” option.

9. After getting to the “Network & internet” menu, select “SIMs.”

10. In the next screen, you need to select “Preferred network type.”

11. Change the network type in the pop-up menu.

How to change preferred network type on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via the dialer

If you can’t change the preferred network type over the regular menus and Safe Mode, then you can try using the dialer.

For this method, you need to do the following:

1. On the Home menu, select the phone icon.

2. In the Call menu, select the dialer on the bottom right corner.

3. Next, you need to dial the following:

*#*#4636#*#*

4. You should be in the Testing menu. Here, select the “Phone information” option from the list.

5. Inside the Phone info menu, select the “Set Preferred Network Type” option.

6. In the drop-down menu, you can set the following options:

  • GSM/WCDMA preferred
  • GSM only
  • WCDMA only
  • GSM/WCDMA auto (PRL)
  • CDMA/EvDo auto (RPL)
  • CDMA only
  • EvDo only
  • CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA (PRL)
  • CDMA + LTE/EvDo (PRL)
  • GSM/WCDMA/LTE (PRL)LTE/CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA (PRL)
  • LTE only
  • LTE/WCDMA
  • TDSCDMA only
  • TDSCDMA/WCDMA
  • LTE/TDSCDMA
  • TDSCDMA/GSM
  • LTE/TDSCDMA/GSM
  • TDSCDMA/GSM/WCDMA
  • LTE/TDSCDMA/WCDMA
  • LTE/TDSCDMA/GSM/WCDMA
  • LTE/TDSCDMA/CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA
  • NR only
  • NR/LTE
  • NR/LTE/CDMA/EvDo
  • NR/LTE/GSM/WCDMA
  • NR/LTE/CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA
  • NR/LTE/WCDMA
  • NR/LTE/TDSCDMA
  • NR/LTE/TDSCDMA/GSM
  • NR/LTE/TDSCDMA/WCDMA
  • NR/LTE/TDSCDMA/GSM/WCDMA
  • NR/LTE/TDSCDMA/CDMA/EvDo/GSM/WCDMA
  • Unknown

How to make the power button open the power menu on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

By default, pressing and holding the power button of the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro will activate the Google Assistant feature.

The default way to open the power and emergency menu is to press the power and volume up buttons at the same time. This isn’t exactly the most intuitive method.

If you would rather have the “press and hold power function” to open the power menu (where you can reset or turn off your smartphone) instead, then you can check out this step-by-step tutorial from Seeking Tech.

1. First off, you need to open the Settings App.

To get to this app, you can swipe downwards from the top of the screen two times. You then need to select the gear symbol.

Another method is to swipe upwards from an empty space from the Home menu to find the list of installed apps you have on the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. You can then select the Settings app.

2. After opening the Settings app, select System from the list of available options.

3. Once you get to the System menu, select Gestures from the list.

4. Inside the Gestures menu, select the Press and hold power button option.

5. In the Press and hold power button menu, you should see the Hold for Assistant setting.

This setting is enabled by default as pressing and holding the power button will activate Google Assistant.

To disable this setting, simply select Hold for Assistant. The switch to the right of the wording should move to the left side and be greyed out. This indicates that you will now be able to open the power and emergency menu by pressing and holding the power button on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

With the power menu, you can power off your phone, restart your phone, lockdown your phone or put your phone in emergency mode. You can also restart your phone in rest mode by tapping and holding the Power off option in the power menu until the rest mode notification shows up. You then need to select OK to restart your phone in safe mode.

How to make the power button activate Google Assistant on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

If you want revert the hold power button function to its original default setting, then you need to take the following steps:

1. Go to the Settings app.

2. Inside the Settings app, tap System.

3. Inside of the System menu, tap Gestures.

4. After getting to the Gestures menu, tap Press and hold power button.

5. Inside the Press and hold power button menu, you should see the Hold for Assistant.

If the switch next to the writing is greyed out and the line underneath the setting reads, “Press and hold for the power menu,” then you need to select the setting. Doing so will move the switch to the right side and change the line underneath the setting to “Press and hold for the Assistant.”

You should now be able to activate Google Assistant by pressing and holding the power button. To open the power and emergency menu, you now need to press the power button and volume up button at the same time.

How to fix random restarts and shut downs for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

When using your Google Pixel 6 or Google Pixel 6 Pro, your smartphone may randomly reboot or turn itself off. You can check out this troubleshooting guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can fix these random restart and shut down issues.

1. The first step we recommend taking is to boot up your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro in Safe Mode.

In order to do so when your phone is turned on, you can take the following steps:

  • Press the power and volume up button at the same time.
  • You should see a list of options appear on your phone’s screen. Here, you need to tap and hold the Power Off option.
  • In the Reboot to safe mode notification, tap OK.

In order to go into safe mode when you phone is turned off, you need to do the following:

  • Press the power button to start the boot up process.
  • When you see the Google logo, press and hold the volume down button.
  • Keep holding the volume down button until the phone boots up in safe mode.

You should see the “Safe mode” words appear on the bottom left corner.

2. If the random restarts and/or shut downs are still occurring even in safe mode then you can skip ahead to step #4.

If using safe mode resolve these issues, then an app, or a combination of apps, may be the cause.

If you think an app is causing the random reboots and shutdowns, then we recommend either updating, closing or deleting apps.

To perform any of these actions, you first need to make sure to reboot your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro in order to exit Safe Mode. You can reboot by pressing the power and volume up button. You then need to tap the Restart option that appear on the screen.

To update apps, you need to take the following steps:

  • Tap the Google Play Store app.
  • Tap you profile picture on the top right of the screen.
  • In your profile menu, select Manage apps & device.
  • Finally, tap the Update all option under Updates available.

To close an app, you can do the following:

  • Tap the Settings app. If you don’t have the Settings app on the Home Screen, you can swipe upwards from an empty space to see a list of apps you have currently installed on the phone. You should find the Settings app there.
  • Next, tap Apps.
  • In the Apps menu, tap See all apps.
  • Select an app from the All apps list.
  • In the App info menu, tap Force stop.

To delete an app, you can take the following steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Inside the Settings app, tap Apps.
  • Inside Apps, tap See all apps.
  • In the All apps menu, you should see a list of apps you have currently installed.
  • Tap the app you want to delete.
  • Inside the App info menu, tap Uninstall.

After updating, closing or deleting an app or multiple apps, test out your smartphone to see if it still randomly reboots or shuts down.

3. You can also try clearing out the internal storage of your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. If you are using more than 90% of the storage, then that may be causing the random resets and shut downs.

To check how much storage you are using, you can take the following steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • In the Settings app, you should see Storage. Underneath Storage, you will find the percentage of the internal storage being used.
  • If the percentage is over 90%, then you should tap Storage.
  • In the Storage menu, you should find a list of files that can be deleted in order to free up space on the internal storage of your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

4. Furthermore, you can try updating the Android firmware by doing the following:

  • Tap the Settings app.
  • Inside Settings, tap System.
  • Inside System, tap System update.
  • In the next screen, tap Check for update. If there is a new firmware available, follow the instructions on-screen to download and install the new update.

5. If you are still experiencing random resets or shutdowns, you can try factory resetting the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

To do so, you need to take the following steps:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • In Settings, select Google.
  • In the Google menu, select Backup.
  • Inside Backup, select Back up now.
  • After backing up the data on your phone, go back to the Settings app.
  • This time, select System.
  • Inside System, select Reset options.
  • Inside the Reset options menu, select Erase all data (factory reset).
  • After factoring resetting your phone, you will need to initialized again. During the setup, you should be able to download any data you have backed up.

If you are still getting random restarts and/or shut downs after trying all the aforementioned potential solutions, then we recommend contacting Google.