How to fix Google Pixel 6 adaptive brightness issues


At the risk of sounding repetitive, the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro are great smartphones – game-changing models for the series Made by Google -, but they did not have the best of beginnings and, in fact, even here we find ourselves talking about problems annoying, this time concerning the function of adaptive brightness of the display.

In short, while a little while ago we reported a nice positive sign – from next month the new flagships will follow the same roadmap of the updates of the other Pixels, without more delays -, now we have to reopen the less happy speech of a few days ago: no incompatibility with external accessories, here is a function that users have to deal with practically every time they use their smartphone.

Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: adaptive brightness is a tantrum

Let’s start from the basics: in general, the adaptive brightness it is that function that controls and adjusts the brightness of the smartphone display based on a series of factors: the application in use, the time of day and the surrounding light conditions. Just to stay in the Google home, i Pixel 6, which have Android 12 on board, make use of an optical sensor in order to determine the amount of light present in the place where the user is. Based on this data, the Pixel AI programming starts to automatically adjust the brightness of the screen, thus avoiding the user having to do it manually using the dedicated slider.

As an example, let’s say that the user is using a very bright application in a dark environment, in which case the adaptive brightness should work to set the display in such a way that it is clearly visible but also comfortable for the eyes of the ‘user. Unfortunately, this is what should happen in theorybut in practice it happens quite frequently that adaptive brightness does not do its job correctly, for example, excessively obscuring certain apps when the surrounding room is dark and thus making the content hard to see on the display.

Of course, users who do not want to find themselves from time to time having to manually compensate for the annoying behavior of the function in question can safely disable it completely by entering Settings > Display and then deactivating the toggle of the Adaptive brightness.

If you own a Google Pixel 6 or a Google Pixel 6 Pro (here is our review), according to the numerous reports on Reddit, it is likely that you have already encountered similar problems and, therefore, it is not remote the hypothesis that you have already taken steps to disable the adaptive brightness. Well, know that the problem can be solved with the solution illustrated below.

A reset fixes the adaptive brightness on the Google Pixel 6

The solution explained below is not exactly unprecedented, Big G allows it to be exploited since the time of Android 9 Pie (yes, occasionally this problem seems to recur).

If you have a Google Pixel 6 or a Pixel 6 Pro with Android 12 and with adaptive brightness throwing a tantrum, try these steps:

  1. Enter the Settings smartphone.
  2. Open the section App and then click on Show all apps.
  3. Scroll to find Device Health Services and click on.
  4. Once in the app information, tap on Storage space & cache and then on Manage space (you will notice the trash icon, but nothing will be deleted yet).
  5. Tap on Reset adaptive brightness and then click OK in the confirmation request.

In this way, the AI ​​will forget what it has previously learned incorrectly and will relearn how to adjust the brightness properly. The improvements have been confirmed by various users on Reddit.

Of course, although reference has been made here to the Pixel 6, the guide also works with the previous models (the various Google Pixel 3a, Google Pixel 4, Google Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 5).

It might also interest you: Google Pixel 6 review

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