Google Pixel 6 Pro screen flickering? Here’s what to do

Despite its tremendous power, phones can encounter various issues, such as the screen flickering problem found in the Google Pixel 6 Pro. This problem can be frustrating as flickering refers to the unusual display glitching that occurs as the screen alternates between different levels of brightness.

Screen flickering on your Google Pixel 6 Pro can arise from either software or hardware issues. Here are several potential remedies to address the problem:

1: Reboot

Typically, a simple reboot can resolve various non-hardware issues on your Google Pixel 6 Pro. By killing off foreground and background processes and apps, as well as deallocating the resources that the phone has consumed, the reboot frees up plenty of available resources. This can potentially prevent screen flickering issues on your device.

2: Disable Auto-brightness

Auto-brightness is often mistakenly perceived as a screen flickering problem, as both result in changes to the brightness, although the former depends on ambient light to adjust the brightness levels. To troubleshoot the display issue, it might be worth disabling auto-brightness. To do so, follow these steps.

  • First, navigate to Settings >> Display.
  • Go to Adaptive Brightness and disable it.
  • You may also disable it by tapping on the sun-shaped icon located on the far right side of the brightness level adjuster in the notification panel, which has a letter “A” written on it.

3: Update the Software [ Google Pixel 6 Pro screen flickering ]

If you believe that updating your software is not worthwhile, just wait until your Google Pixel 6 Pro starts to behave unusually while performing specific tasks. Using outdated software may cause various bugs, including one that triggers screen flickering problems. However, you have two options: upgrade to a newer firmware or revert to a stable firmware version. To check for software updates, navigate to Settings >> System >> Software Updates.

4: Update all the Apps

To resolve any technical issues, including screen flickering, on your Google Pixel 6 Pro, ensure that all apps on your phone are updated to their latest firmware.

  • Go to the My Apps and Games or Manage apps and devices section on Google Play Store.
  • Take a look at the updates that are pending. You can either choose to update individual apps or select the “Update All” option to update all of them at once.

5: Disable Hardware Overlays [ Google Pixel 6 Pro screen flickering ]

When the graphics on your Google Pixel 6 Pro are being rendered, they are processed by either the CPU or GPU. Generally, this process runs smoothly, but as the phone ages or sustains damage, it may experience problems with screen compositing. Screen compositing occurs when the multiple layers of content on the screen update themselves, and minor delays can result in flickering issues. To address this, you can disable screen compositing using the developer options. The following steps will guide you through the process.

  • Firstly, navigate to Settings >> About Phone. Then, tap on the Build icon seven times to receive the “You are now a developer” notification.
  • Back up to Settings >> System >> Developer Options >> disable Hardware Overlays.

6: Inspect the Charging Cable

Not all screen flickering issues fall under this category, but certain users may observe that their phone’s display flickers or even freezes when they plug in their charger to charge the battery. This is likely caused by using unofficial or incompatible charging bricks or cables, which should be replaced. To avoid this issue, it is recommended to purchase a charging cable and charger from authorized stores.

To determine if the issue lies with the cable or the brick, you can try borrowing a charger and cable from a friend or acquaintance and plugging it into your Google Pixel 6 Pro. If the screen flickers, the issue is likely with your device. However, if the screen does not flicker, then the issue is likely with your old charger or cable.

7: Examine the issue in Safe Mode

Booting your Google Pixel 6 Pro into Safe Mode launches a separate partition that eliminates all third-party apps, enabling you to optimize system performance and troubleshoot issues. If your device flickers in Safe Mode, the problem is likely hardware-related. To enter Safe Mode, follow these steps:

  • First up, hold the power button pressed for a few seconds.
  • To enter safe mode, you will encounter an option labeled “power off” that you can select.
  • After determining whether the phone flickers in this mode or not, you may choose the Restart option to enter normal mode.

8: Try Factory Reset [ Google Pixel 6 Pro phone screen flickering ]

Performing a factory reset is an extreme measure that will erase all data stored on your Google Pixel 6 Pro, so it’s essential to take a backup before proceeding. Here’s how you can execute a factory reset:

  • Firstly, navigate to Settings >> System >> Reset Options.
  • Tap on “Erase all data (factory reset) >> Reset all data”. The system will prompt you to enter a password so enter it and it is done.
  • You can use an alternative method to accomplish this by accessing Recovery Mode >> Wipe data/factory reset >> Yes — delete all user data” and it is done.

9: Bring it to an Authorized Service Center

If you have exhausted all options and nothing seems to be working, the problem is likely related to the hardware. It’s recommended that you seek the assistance of a technician, unless you’re willing to take the risk of troubleshooting the issue yourself (which we don’t recommend). If your Google Pixel 6 Pro is still under warranty, it’s advisable to visit an authorized service center. Otherwise, taking it to a local service center could potentially void the warranty in the long run.


If your screen flickers, it could be due to software problems, water or physical damage, or an issue with the charging cable. The aforementioned solutions may resolve the issue; however, if they do not, there is a ninth method to circumvent the problem.

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