Google introduces adaptive thermal feature for Pixel phones to combat overheating

Google is reportedly working on an 'Adaptive Thermal' feature that will give users manual control over heating management
An undated image of Google Pixel. — Google
An undated image of Google Pixel. — Google

Traditionally, modern Android smartphones ship with built-in heating management systems to help manage the usual consequences of high-quality performance: overheating. These systems perform in various ways: reducing CPU clock speeds, lowering brightness, and turning off 5G. In extreme cases, the system might shut down the device.

While Google’s own Pixel lineup possesses a similar system, the company has talked about an “adaptive thermal feature” that analyses background data and suggests actions users can take to prevent overheating.

Android Authority’s Mishaal Rahman noted that in the new Device Health Services app V1.27 for Pixels, there’s a prompt for a “pre-emergency” alert, notifying users when their phone reaches 49 degrees Celsius and informing them that their device performance may be affected to cool down.

Tapping on the “see care options” button on the notification will present a dialogue box detailing all the steps the phone is taking to cool down.

The system will also suggest measures users can take to help the process: shutting down battery-intensive apps, leaving the phone in the open, or avoiding direct sunlight.

If these measures do not help and the temperature climbs to 52 degrees Celsius, the system will trigger an “emergency state.” It is unclear what this will prompt the system to do. Regardless, if the temperature climbs further to 55 degrees Celsius, the system will shut down the phone following a 30-second timer.

Though adaptive thermal features are nothing new, this system does a lot to make the end user more familiar with how their device is reacting to overheating.

Presently, it is uncertain whether it will be packaged with Android 15 or alongside the Pixel 9 Series later this year.