January 2022 Android Security Patch Available Now

Google Pixel 6 in hand shows the Android 12 Easter Egg logo

Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Update, January 14, 2022 (14:51 ET): It’s been a wild ride for the Google Pixel 6 series in terms of updates. After Google pulled the December 2021 security patch and then skipped the January 2022 Android security patch series, it’s finally fixing this wrong.

As of today, the January 2022 patch is available for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. It is combined with the December 2021 patch and includes fixes specific to the Pixel 6 series. We have updated the list in the original article below with direct links to OTA and factory photos.

If you do not want to update manually, you should receive an update notification within the next few days – provided, of course, that nothing else goes wrong.

Original Article, January 4, 2022 (14:06 ET): Google has announced the January 2022 Android security patch update for Pixel devices. All Pixel smartphones except Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will receive the update starting today. Eligible devices include Google Pixel 5a, 5, 4a 5G, 4a, 4 XL, 4, 3a XL or 3a. Factory photos and OTA files are now available for these devices.

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro’s January update is not surprisingly delayed until later this month. Google ran into problems with the Pixel 6 series Android security patch from December 2021. Not many users received the update at the first rollout, and many of those who did claimed to experience call dropouts. The company then announced in late December that it had paused the update so it could fix some of the bugs. In this statement, Google said it planned to have a solution to the problem of call termination at the end of January.

For all other Pixel users, Google has included various fixes for screen unlock errors, issues that prevent emergency calls in some circumstances, incorrect data usage that appears in the network menu, and more. You can read all about the functional changes here, as well as all security updates on the Pixel Update Bulletin.

January 2022 Links to Android Security Patch

Note: These links are for US unlocked models only. If you have a carrier branded Pixel or live in another country, visit here for factory photos or here for OTA photos.

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro
  • Google Pixel 6
  • Google Pixel 5a
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 3a

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