Fix Google Pixel 6 screen waking up randomly

Fix Google Pixel 6 screen randomly waking up
Fix Google Pixel 6 screen randomly waking up

Google has just launched its new flagship series of smartphones, the Google Pixel 6 series. There are a ton of Pixel users around the world because the phones are some of the best camera smartphones in the Android world. It also comes with a clean and latest Android experience and those who love to use stock Android also prefer the Google Pixel smartphones on any day of the week.

With that being said, the Google Pixel 6 series is the company’s latest installment in the smartphone market. But the current Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro users are reporting an issue that makes the Pixel 6 phone screens randomly wake up.

Fix Google Pixel 6 Random Screen Waking Issue

If you are also an owner of either of the new Pixel 6 smartphones and facing this random screen waking up the issue then here are some of the possible fixes and workarounds that you can try.

1. Restart the Phone

The first thing to do in order to come out of any kind of annoying bud, especially software-related is to give your device a restart. Hence the first to do with your Google Pixel 6 device is to restart it.

This will bring the device software to a fresh and healthy state with no unusual and unnecessary apps and processes running in the background. To restart the Pixel 6 smartphone, press the power and Volume up buttons simultaneously and tap on Restart.

2. Check for Software update

If you are not among the early owners of the Pixel 6 smartphones, then there are high chances that Google has rolled out a software update to the random screen waking issue. Hence you look for the pending updates on your smartphone. To check for updates, go to Settings > System > System Update > Check for Update. I you find any update, then download it. Once downloaded, follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

3. Turn off the Wake screen for notifications, Lift to check the phone

You can get the random screen waking on your Google Pixel 6 devices due to the features like Wake screen for notifications, Tap to check phone or Lift to check phone are enabled. The Wake screen for notifications option makes sure that the display wakes up whenever you get a new notification.

The Tap to check phone option allows you to tap on the display to see any new notifications. And the Lift to wake up option, which can more likely be the culprit, allows the phone’s screen to wake up whenever the user lifts it up from the table of something.

You try turning these three options off in settings to see if any of these is not causing the random screen lights. To do so:

1. Open Settings and go to Display.

2. Tap on the Lock screen.

3. Turn off the Wake screen for notifications, Tap to check phone, and Lift to check phone options.

4. Disable Fingerprint Unlocking

If none of the above fixes were able to solve the issue, then you are most likely going through a widespread bug that makes the Pixel 6 users experience unusual screen wakeups even when the Always on Display, tap to wake up, lift to wake, etc. are disabled.

For such users, there is a workaround. You can disable fingerprint unlocking and use another form of unlocking methods like PIN, Pattern, or Password.

1. Open Settings.

2. Go to Security > Screen lock.

3. You’ll be asked to enter the PIN, Patter, or Password if you already have a password set in your Phone.

4. Now, select any screen lock other than Fingerprint to unlock. Follow the on-screen instructions to set it up.

Once you are done setting up the new lock, use it and see if the phone is still randomly waking up for no reason.

5. Run the ADB command

If you are not ok using your phone without the fingerprint unlocks, then there is one more workaround that you can try until Google rolls out a proper fix to the issue. You will have to run an ADB command on your Pixel 6 smartphone and this will require you a PC.

You will have to set up your phone and PC to use ADB. Here is a complete ADB setup guide from XDA Developers that you can refer to. Once you are done setting up ADB, run the following command:

adb shell settings put secure doze_quick_pickup_gesture 0

So these were the possible fixes and workarounds that you can try if you are facing random screen waking issues on your Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro. This annoying screen waking issue on the new Pixel 6 smartphones is probably due to its in-display fingerprint scanner.

Google has tried to make the fingerprint unlocking procedure faster which has made it very sensitive to any kind of disturbance in the surrounding, leading the phone’s screen to light up.

I hope this fixing guide was helpful to you. If it was, please consider sharing it with the needy ones in your circle. Also, don’t forget to leave your questions, suggestions, or any other fix that worked for you, in the comment section down below.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.


  1. Fix #3 did the trick, thanks!

    1. Glad that MEFMobile was able to help you

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