What To Do If Android 10 Kills Your Pixel Phone's Sensors

Some early adopters have run into a pretty problematic bug with Android 10 on their Pixels. It’s unclear what specifically triggers the bug, but bumping up to Android 10 has, for some users, killed the sensors in their Pixel devices. And as of the time of this publication, there appears to be no way to fix the issue on Android 10.

A number of Pixel users have posted about the bug on the Google Issue Tracker, Reddit, XDA Forums, and other message boards. The busted sensors render many features and settings unusable, such as auto-rotate, auto-brightness adjustments, in-call screen controls, and other gesture or gyroscopic-based shortcuts, to name a few. All Pixel devices seem susceptible to the bug, and users have filed reports who both updated their devices over-the-air (OTA) or by flashing Android 10 to their devices directly.

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Despite numerous complaints, the sensor issue seems to be a rare—even random—occurrence, and we wouldn’t say it’s widespread enough write off updating to Android 10 entirely. However, it’s still a debilitating bug for those affected.

So far, the and only course of action is to roll back to Android 9 Pie. It’s a somewhat tedious process, but users have reported that it restored all of their devices sensors without an issue. If you’re still eyeing Android 10 after that, we recommend waiting to see how Google addresses the issue with a fix before trying the Android 10 update again.


Comments

    From what I have seen so far this is the last Google phone I will own because:-

    1.This article shows Google still does not care.
    2. I had to use a third party app to make the notification light to work. A known issues still not fixed 3 years later.
    3. The bloody thing is made in China

    Last edited 09/09/19 1:04 pm

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