Google Pixel 5 Is Not Playing Nice With The Pixel Stand

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It seems like Google Pixel 5 is having some issues when placed on the Pixel Stand. As most of you know by now, the Pixel Stand is Google’s official wireless charger. So, it should work perfectly with the company’s smartphones, especially its most powerful 2020 device.

Well, that’s not the case, it seems. According to some forums posts, the Google Pixel 5 is refusing to go to sleep when it’s charging. In other words, the display seems to be turning on when you place it on the stand overnight.

The Google Pixel 5 is waking up randomly when placed on the Pixel Stand

Users are reporting that the Google Pixel 5 display does turn off when they place it on the Pixel Stand at night, with the “screen off when dark” option is enabled. That being said, it turns back on after an hour or so, and at full brightness.


Needless to say, this is an issue, quite a considerable one, in fact. Can you imagine going to sleep and then being woken up by your phone at full brightness. Also, this can’t be good for the display, of course.

This issue seems to be affecting only the Pixel 5, not the previous Pixel phones. Why is that? Well, the Google Pixel 5 is the first smartphone (at least from Google) to have a proximity sensor under the display.

That could have something to do with it, though it’s possible it’s just a regular software bug. Google will, hopefully, fix this issue soon, or at least send out an official statement regarding it.

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As already mentioned, Google’s previous Pixel phones don’t seem to be affected. That goes for the Pixel 4a as well. Chances are that the phone’s proximity sensor is to blame here, but we can’t know for sure. Whatever the case may be, a software update will be required to fix this, that’s for sure. The ball is in Google’s court now.