Eligible Google Pixel smartphones are getting the stable build of Android 14. But, it has become an unpleasant experience for many users as they face a myriad of issues. According to recent reports and user complaints, the Google Pixel is lagging after installing the Android 14 update.
The lagging issue is not confined to a single model. It has affected a range of Pixel devices, including Pixel 5, Pixel 6, and Pixel 7 lineup. It’s a bit of a surprise as the latest Android 14 claims to reduce CPU consumption by up to 50%. However, users are facing the opposite effect. Here are a couple of user’s complaints on popular forums and Google Community:
“Main profile has become slow and laggy after Android 14 update. It’s really bad experience. Any workaround or solution to fix?” (source)
“Lagging while clearing recent apps ,scrolling apps & notification bar scrolling” (source)
“i have been facing the same issue and it is sooo annoying to use such phones with so many bugs and glitches(mine is pixel 6)” (source)
You can find dozens of similar complaints on the internet. According to them, the lagging issue occurs when opening an app, clearing recent apps, switching to a different profile, and doing many things. But there is no need to panic as I have several effective solutions to fix the lagging issues on Google Pixel. Check them out below.
How to Fix Google Pixel Lagging Issues After Android 14 Update
Try these solutions on your Google Pixel to fix the lagging issues and bring back the buttery smooth experience.
1. Restart Your Device Multiple Times
Many users have tried many solutions, but the age-old restarting method has done the trick for some. According to those who succeeded, you should restart your Google Pixel a few times (typically 5-6).
You can easily restart your Pixel by holding down the power button and volume up button for a few seconds and hitting the Restart option. On Pixel 5a and earlier, hold the power button alone to get the Restart option.
After the first restart, use your Google Pixel for a few minutes to check if the issue persists. If yes, restart your device a few more times.
2. Update Your Google Pixel
The Android 14 build you’ve installed may contain some bugs, causing the lag. Since many users have complained about this issue, Google should release a fix in the coming days or weeks in the form of a software update.
Check if your Google Pixel has a pending update. For this, go to Settings -> System -> System update and click Check for update. If a new version is available, download and install it.
Before installing an update, ensure your device has at least 30% battery. So, the update does not fail even if it takes longer.
3. Boot Into Safe Mode
Third-party apps can be helpful, but some could conflict with other processes on your device and cause lag. To check if your device has problematic apps, boot your Google Pixel into safe mode.
[Note: Booting your Google Pixel into safe mode does not remove your apps or files. So, there’s no risk of losing your data.]
How to boot your Pixel in safe mode:
- Make sure your device is turned on.
- Press and hold the power button and the volume up button for a few seconds.
- Release the buttons when you see the Restart option.
- Touch and hold the Restart option until the Reboot to safe mode prompt appears on your screen.
- Tap OK.
If you have a Pixel 5a or older phone, press and hold the power off option for a few seconds and tap OK to enter the safe mode.
In safe mode, if your Google Pixel works without lag, your device has a problematic app(s). You need to remove them to get the lag fixed. However, if your device keeps lagging, the software has issues. Try factory resetting your Google Pixel, as mentioned in the next solution.
4. Perform a Factory Reset
If the above solutions do not fix the lag, try factory resetting your Pixel. It should remove all software bugs and problematic apps that could be causing the problem.
Factory resetting your Google Pixel removes all the data, including media files, documents, apps, and saved Wi-Fi passwords. So, take a backup before you proceed.
How to factory reset a Google Pixel:
- Open the Settings app and click System.
- Tap on Reset options and choose Erase all data (factory reset).
- Click Erase all data.
- Confirm your lock screen (if prompted) and tap on Erase all data.
Do not process any button when your device is resetting. Once done, set up your Google Pixel.
If the problem persists even after a factory reset, the Android 14 build on your device is likely to have bugs. You should wait for an update consisting of a fix for the existing issues or downgrade to Android 13.
Android 14 is an exciting upgrade, but some severe bugs have caused inconvenience to many Pixel owners. If you are affected, try the solutions I’ve mentioned above and observe the difference. Share your thoughts on Android 14 in the comments below. I’d love to read them.
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