It’s worth noting that 9to5Google could only get this working on one Pixel they tested, but hopefully it’ll come to all Pixel 3, 4 and, presumably, 5 devices when Android 11 is released later in the year.


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Presumably this works by the charger and phone Qi sensors being partially aligned and therefore able to detect a current but unable to deliver a full one. Whatever is at play it is quite clever and will save you waking up in the morning with a phone about to run out of battery.

On the other hand, long live charging cables?