How to Prevent Your Pixel 6 from Calling Strangers Without Your Consent

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Photo: CRYSTAL RICKETSON (Shutterstock) – Although butt-dials might be somewhat unpleasant to outright humiliating, they are at least an uncommon occurrence. A phone call isn’t just a butt-dial until you have many people confirming it. Aside from the fact that you are not alone, there is an easy solution to disable these automatic outgoing calls on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro.

Random phone calls are being made on both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro by the phones. The fact that these calls are typically made while the phone is dormant just adds to the mystery. If you’ve ever used a smartphone with a butt-dial, you’ll understand why Pixel owners are a little perplexed and frightened.

In the end, it appears that Google Assistant is most likely to blame for these strange phone calls. Many of these calls were made by the Assistant, despite the fact that these users never requested them to be made. Affected users can check their “Google My Activity” history to see this. Because Pixel 6 customers have no memory of ever saying “Hey Google” in these cases, it looks to be a software defect rather than an actual human error.

One of Google’s devices was able to reproduce the problem in question. Some Pixel 6 smartphones were able to reliably trigger the bug on one Pixel 6 Pro, which is a solid hint that the flaw doesn’t impact all Pixel 6s.

Is there a solution to this problem?

To get rid of this phantom calling problem, all you have to do is reboot your phone. According to 9to5Google, restarting your Pixel 6 or 6 Pro looks to be a viable, short-term solution to preventing Google Assistant from randomly dialing your contacts list. No one knows when the Assistant will start up again, but at least now that the phone has turned back on, you can relax knowing you won’t be disturbed for a while.

Google Assistant can be disabled while your Pixel is locked for a long-term solution, but this isn’t the only option. In order to avoid your friends and acquaintances from being bombarded with calls when your phone is idle, you’ll have to give up some of Google Assistant’s features.

As soon as your phone is locked, launch the Google app and choose your profile. Then hit the “Settings” button. As a last step, choose “Google Assistant,” then “Lock screen,” and then uncheck “Assistant responds on the lock screen.”

For the most part, you won’t have to deal with this situation for long: According to reports, Google is aware of the problem and is attempting to resolve it. Your device should get a software update to fix the problem once it has been fixed by the vendor. In the meanwhile, we’ll keep an eye on the issue and provide any new details as they come to light. Keep a watch on your settings app for any new software upgrades, though, until then.