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Google fixes Pixel XL charging bug with May 2018 security patch

Shortly after the original Pixel XL was updated to Android 8.1, many users took to the depths of the internet to complain about a new charging bug that came with it. Google addressed this issue in late March, saying that "a fix will be rolling out in the coming weeks." With the May 2018 security patch, that fix is finally here.

As noted in the Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletin, one of the functional patches included (reference number A-72851087) has an improvement to "adjust Pixel XL charging behavior."

It's great to see that a fix has arrived, but what went wrong in the first place?

Following the release of 8.1 Oreo for the original Pixel series, Pixel XL owners began reporting that they were unable to charge their phone with the included cable and AC adapter. After being plugged in, the Pixel XL would begin charging, stop, resume charging, stop again, and repeat this process over and over until it was full.

As noted by Nathan K in the Pixel User Community who dived deeper into the bug –

The OEM Google 18w charger (and OEM cable) is being overloaded by the Pixel 1 XL. The charger is only capable of 9v/2a, but the Pixel 1 XL (at least, mine on 8.1.0 OPM1) is drawing up to 2.8a+. This causes the charger to recognize an overcurrent fault condition, shut down, and reboot.

This issue should be resolved after updating your Pixel XL to the May patch, so be sure to drop a comment below once you're running the new update to let us know how it's running.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

9 Comments
  • Finally. What's it been? 3 months? My Pixel XL becomes unusable when plugged in. It was a real annoyance.
  • I don't see the big deal. It's so much better than Samsung, right?
  • Um ... no. No it isn’t.
  • 3 months later. Bwahahaha
  • So, did this actually work?
  • There's just no way Samsung would have left that three months. And even if they left it a month they would have been hammered. Poor form Google.
  • I'd still choose the Pixel 2 XL over Samsung (which looks gorgeous) because the Pixel 2 XL has what I need and want.
  • Well, it wouldn’t be doing what you need if you had the bug, right?
  • At least Google fixes Amy bugs like this one quickly so I can live with any bugs that might occur but not everyone's experience is the same.