It is no secret that Google Pixel smartphones have the capability to shut down when faced with excessively elevated device temperatures, and interestingly, this same functionality extends to the Pixel Watch as well.
As the summer season commences (in the northern hemisphere), the Pixel Watch incorporates specific safeguards to combat heat-related issues, ensuring optimal performance and protection against elevated temperatures. These countermeasures play a crucial role in safeguarding the device during warmer weather conditions.
A Reddit user named jab_storm82 (credit to 9to5Google) made an interesting discovery regarding this safety feature. They accidentally left their Pixel Watch inside a car for the entire day, resulting in the watch automatically shutting down. Upon rebooting, the watch displayed a notification alerting the user of the incident.
Google’s support page provides valuable guidelines regarding temperature considerations for the Pixel Watch. The Pixel Watch is optimized to function optimally within a temperature range of 32°F to 95°F (0°C to 35°C) and should be stored in temperatures between -4°F and 113°F (-20°C and 45°C). Google emphasizes the importance of avoiding temperatures exceeding 113°F (45°C) to prevent potential damage to the device, overheating of the battery, or the risk of fire. Notably, scenarios like leaving the watch on a car dashboard or exposing it to excessive heat sources are cautioned against by Google.
In their advisory, Google specifically cautions users against subjecting the Pixel Watch to temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). They emphasize that environments such as a car dashboard or near heating vents should be avoided, as prolonged exposure to such high temperatures can result in battery damage, overheating, and potential fire hazards. By heeding these warnings, users can help protect the integrity and safety of their Pixel Watch.
Here is a screenshot of the watch’s alert for reference (on the left side).
Indeed, the safety measure implemented in the Pixel Watch to protect against overheating is a welcome addition. While it provides reassurance, it is also important to ensure that the device is used within the recommended temperature ranges to prevent any potential overheating issues.
With proper usage and adherence to the guidelines, the risk of overheating should be mitigated. Google will likely aim to avoid any repetition of past instances involving devices experiencing significant heat generation under heavy usage, as they continue to prioritize the reliability and performance of their products.