There seems to be an increasing number of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL users complain about the batteries inside these phones. No, the problem has nothing to do with the battery life that users are squeezing out of the 2915mAh and 3430mAh components respectively. The problem has to do with these batteries swelling; Since May, numerous posts and photos about swollen batteries have been published in the Google help forum e Reddit. The photos show that in some cases the swelling is so severe that it pushes out and lifts the back panel of the phone.
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7;t even notice that their batteries looked pregnant because the damage was hidden by a case. Others just knew there was a problem because they weren’t able to charge wirelessly. One The Pixel 4 XL user noticed that he was having trouble charging wirelessly and came to the conclusion that his Pixel Stand was not working properly. Google replaced the booth but it didn’t help. It wasn’t until the user realized it was his wife’s Galaxy S10 loaded on the Pixel Stand with no problems which came to the conclusion that the problem was with his phone.
The author of a Reddit post, Dgecko2000, has arranged to receive a replacement for his Pixel 4 XL from Verizon. But less than a year after the phone’s launch, Verizon was out of stock and is sending him a Samsung Galaxy S10 + instead. This has led Dgecko2000 to wonder if the swollen battery problem is responsible for the Pixel 4 series prematurely discontinuing. As he writes, “I am beginning to suspect that this battery swelling problem may be greater than Google is currently admitting, which is why they cut it off abruptly … I wonder if my phone’s wireless charging problem may also be a symptom. Upon closer inspection, the upper rear corners appear to be “scratched” on the black edge where it meets the rear glass … Those 2 corners also appear to be slightly raised, but it’s hard to tell. “
Tweet by Artem Russakovskii of AndroidPolice shows a Pixel 3 series model with a swollen battery
If you go to Google for device replacement instead of your carrier, you may be more successful. It appears that even if your damaged Pixel drive is out of warranty, Google is willing to send you a refurbished model. However, the company is telling customers that replacements are a one-time thing. In other words, if the replacement you received from Google has the same problem in a year or two, don’t count on receiving another replacement model from the company.