Pixel 2 users complain about useless headphone jack dongles

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners claiming included headphone adapter doesn't work

Recent comments talked about the issue getting fixed with Android 8.1 Oreo, although it still remained an issue as newer users keep updating the thread with issues in their Pixel 2. While there are bundled adaptors for people still wanting to take advantage of their analogue headphone cables, people have started reporting that they're not always working properly.

A user ScottG_TC wrote on a Google Product Forum that the Pixel team is already working on solving this issue.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners claiming included headphone adapter doesn't work
Pixel 2 users complain about useless headphone jack dongles

Whenever I'm in my kitchen, and I want to use Google Home, my Pixel 2 XL can't help but get in on the action as well. However, sound is still being played through the speakers of my phone.

This is not the first time that people have been facing problems with the Google Pixel 2 series smartphones, that were unveiled by the search giant in October. Google, on the other hand, suggested that users should restart their phones in safe mode to make sure that no other app is running in the background. Once that is accomplished, go to Settings- System- Developer Options- Networking- Select USB configuration and then Audio Source from the pop-up list.

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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have had their fair share of hardware and software issues ever since launch.

Given that there are a variety of possible solutions, here, it looks like it's not specifically tied to a faulty adapter (one user says they've owned three different dongles and the problem has persisted); there may be more than one problem at play. It seems the delay is about a second long on average, but even a second-long delay can feel like ages when you're frequently unlocking your phone. This week, yet another headache surfaced, related to the 8.1 update and the larger handset's fingerprint sensor.

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Given the reliability of a tried and true technology like the 3.5mm headphone jack, having the USB-C replacement not work is understandably frustrating. Reports of Pixel 2 XL units shipping without an Android operating system and the Pixel 2 not detecting voice input over Bluetooth are some of the software issues that Google has had to face.

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