Adaptive charging is one of the most useful features that Google rolled out this month to Pixel Phone (s. It makes sure that the device’s battery fills up slower than usual if you leave it plugged in overnight, which can help maintain the original battery capacity. 9to5Google spotted on a support pageHowever, there is something important that you need to know if you plan to use it wisely: the feature will only work if you charge your phone and set your alarm within a specific amount of time.
The phone will only use adaptive charging if you plug it in after 9 p.m. In addition, you will need to set an alarm to go off anytime between 5 and 10 a.m. According to the support page, the feature “uses your alarm settings to fully charge your phone right before you wake up,” so your Pixel will charge normally if you don’t meet these requirements. If your schedule falls within those hours and you want to take advantage of what the feature can do, you can turn it on under Battery in the Pixel 4 / XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G), and Pixel 5 settings.