One of the best Android smartphones available is the Google Pixel 7, and the Google Pixel 7 Pro is one of the best smartphones overall. However, there are certain issues with the gadgets. Since their release, both Pixel 7 models have experienced a number of issues, and now there’s one more to add to the list: volume buttons coming loose.
This week, Nichola Sutrich of Android Central wrote about the issue and mentioned that she had first-hand experience with the volume buttons coming off. According to images, Sutrich’s Pixel 7 Pro appears to have no additional damage other than the volume button being completely detached from the side.
Sutrich is not the only person to have brought up this problem. Multiple users have reported experiencing issues with the volume button falling off the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in both standalone posts and comments on other threads, according to a quick search of the Google Pixel subreddit.
Along with other issues relating to volume, there are multiple Google Support threads about the issue.
It’s a really strange flaw to experience on a still-relatively-new phone, and if this necessitates sending the phone back to Google, it will be a major hassle. However, many people are reporting that Google is replacing this issue under warranty. According to at least one user, when they took their Pixel 7 Pro to a local repair shop, they were told that parts weren’t available because the device was still too new. To put it mildly, that’s not ideal.
As long as the volume button didn’t get misplaced after falling off, some users have claimed to be able to pop it back in, but this doesn’t feel particularly secure. Others, however, claim that they are incapable of even doing this.
The reason behind this is unclear, especially given that the volume button on the Pixel 7 is similar to those on other phones, like the Pixel 6, so it’s not entirely clear why it’s happening. Unfortunately, since the problem is hardware-related, the only long-term fix is to submit a warranty claim to Google and have the button professionally fixed.
The button might be kept in place for the time being with one of the best Pixel 7 cases, but it will only ever be a short-term fix. Getting this resolved as soon as possible is much preferable to waiting and maybe running into more obstacles. Thankfully, although prevalent, this problem doesn’t appear to be very pervasive.
Unfortunately, this is another issue with the Pixel 7 to add to the list, joining others like broken camera glass and inconsistent scrolling problems. Let’s hope that there aren’t any more hardware problems in the upcoming weeks and months.