Android 11 has a bunch of updates that we’ve come to love about the operating system, some major and some minor. Now, a little while after the first developer preview arrived, we saw a new feature telling Android 11 users of Android when their phone is misaligned for wireless charging.
As for this new Android 11 feature, we were first tipped off by a Reddit post. Obviously, when the Android device is not properly aligned on a wireless charger — in this case a Pixel 4 — Android will display a warning on the lockscreen asking users to realign their device.
We were able to replicate this in our research but only on a Pixel 4 XL. Our Damien Wilde was able to capture the image above by turning his device at an angle while it was charging wirelessly, but I couldn’t get my Pixel 3 XL to do the same on Android 11.
How does that warning work? We are not 100% sure, frankly. Google most likely observes the device’s charging rate and when it only receives minimal power from a wireless source, it assumes the handset is not aligned properly. With the Qi standard a device can receive power even if it is not fully aligned on the pad. For most people, if their phone slides off the correct positioning or gets bumped up, I think this message will appear.