How to Stop Your Pixel 6 From Calling People Randomly

Applied watch faces can range from mildly embarrassing to downright demeaning, but they are at least fortunately rare. Unless you have multiple contacts telling you that you recently called them unexpectedly, it’s more than just a touch. If this situation happens to you and you are using a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro , you are not alone, but there is an easy way to stop these outgoing calls without prompting.

On both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, users notice that their phones are making random calls to the numbers in their contact lists . To make the problem even weirder, these calls are often made when the phone is inactive. On smartphones, touching a button usually happens when the device is unlocked, so Pixel users are understandably confused and worried that this happens when … no.

As it turns out, the culprit for these mysterious calls is most likely Google Assistant. Affected users can look into their Google My Activity history to see that many of these calls were made by an Assistant, even if those users never actually asked to make those calls. Pixel 6 owners don’t remember ever saying “Ok Google” in such situations, let alone asking an assistant to call someone else; So the problem is with a software bug.

9to5Google was able to reproduce the issue on one of their devices. While some Pixel 6 devices won’t make unwanted calls (a good sign that the issue isn’t affecting all Pixel 6s), they can consistently cause an error on one Pixel 6 Pro.

How to fix this problem

If you’re looking for a quick and dirty solution to this phantom call error, here it is: restart your phone. Restarting is a good temporary way to stop the Google Assistant on your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro from accidentally calling your contact list, according to 9to5Google. It’s impossible to tell when the Assistant will start again, but at least you know that you are safe for a while after the phone turns on again.

However, you are not limited to just a temporary fix; For a more permanent solution, consider disabling Google Assistant when your Pixel is locked. This is a trade-off, as you will lose some of the Google Assistant features while your phone is inactive, but it will save your friends and acquaintances from making further calls without your knowledge.

To turn off Google Assistant when your phone is locked, open the Google app, select your profile, and tap Settings . Now select Google Assistant , then Lock Screen , then turn off Assistant Answer on Lock Screen .

Fortunately, you won’t be stuck with this option forever: Google is reportedly aware of this issue and is actively working to fix it. Once the company fixes the problem, it should show up on your device via a software update. We will monitor the situation and update this article with any new information. Until then, however, keep an eye on your Settings app for any new software updates that may be released.

[ 9to5Google ]


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