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Fix: Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up even if AOD is Disabled

In this guide, we will show you the steps to fix the issue of the Pixel 6 screen randomly waking up even if the AOD is disabled. The sixth iteration of Pixel has managed to grab the attention of quite a few users, but not for all the right reasons. While its major redesign was well and truly appreciated, there’s wasn’t much to look forward to apart from that. This when coupled with issues of Android 12 (which comes out of the box in the Pixel 6 series), and the list of issues keeps on increasing every other day.

Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up

And there has now been another addition to this ever-growing list. Various users have voiced their concern that their device’s screen lits up all of a sudden. In this regard, you could have counted three plausible reasons for this issue- the Always On Display, Tap to Wake, and Life to Wake. This is because all these three features lits up the screen wherever you make any slight contact with your device. However, as of now, users have disabled all these three functionalities on their devices but are still getting bugged with this issue.

Why Does Pixel 6 Screen Randomly Wakes Up

So what could lead to this issue and more importantly how could you rectify it? Well, first off, the issue seems to be because of the Pixel 6/Pro in-display fingerprint reader (which is itself going through a rough phase in the past few weeks). Even if all three features are disabled but your device feels a hint of movement, it will light up its in-display fingerprint scanner.

Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up

This is because it assumes that you might now want to interact with this device. So as to avoid any delay in the scanning process, it keeps its optical scanner ready beforehand. Even though the intentions might be good, the same cannot be said about its implementation. Fortunately, there does exist a workaround through which you could fix the issue of the Pixel 6 screen randomly waking up. And this guide shall make you aware of just that. Follow along.

Fix: Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up even if AOD is Disabled

Fix Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up

To prevent your device from randomly waking up, you will have to disable the doze_quick_pickup_gesture flag or set its value to False by assigning it the 0 value. For that, you need to execute a single line of ADB command. Here’s how:

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

install adb platform tools windows

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging

Next up, you will have to enable USB Debugging so that your device is recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. This will then allow you to execute the desired ADB Command. So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging.

Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up

STEP 3: Verify ADB Connection

  1. To begin with, connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  2. Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Type in the following command in the CMD window to verify the ADB connection
    adb devices

    Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up

  4. You should get back the device ID signifying the connection has been successfully established. [Facing Issues? Read How to Fix All ADB and Fastboot Errors].

STEP 4: Disable doze_quick_pickup_gesture Flag

  1. Now just copy-paste the below command in the CMD window and hit Enter:
    adb shell settings put secure doze_quick_pickup_gesture 0

    Pixel 6 Screen randomly wakes up

  2. This shall disable the doze_quick_pickup_gesture flag and would rectify the underlying issue as well.

So with this, we round off the guide on how you could fix the issue of the Pixel 6 screen randomly waking up even if the AOD is disabled. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

  • works! Great, thank you for this workaround! thank you

  • Is there a workaround if I want that black AOD screen to appear by slight movement? I don’t want that screen to be always on all the time, it’s only just when I am picking up the phone. The lift to wake will turn on the whole screen, and not the black AOD screen.

  • You saved me from selling the phone because i was so frustrated because of this bug. Google still not fixing this issue and you helpedme.

    Thank you very much. it is sosimple but effective.

    Greetz from germany.

  • So I did it and got to Step 4, but how do I know if it worked? I guess better battery life?