Security updates shouldn’t be ignored: they fix critical issues with your technology that could compromise your privacy, security, and data. So when a mate, like google, files a new security update for a devicelike your Pixel, you need to take note and install the update as soon as possible.
Google released its April Security Update for Pixel devices on Monday, April 4. The new update covers much of the Pixel lineup, including Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro (as well as all XL variants). Unfortunately, you won’t see the update on Pixel 1, 2, or 3.
There are 44 security patches in total here, 14 of which are dated April 1, 2022, with the remaining 30 dated April 4, 2022. Nine of these vulnerabilities are rated “critical,” with the rest rated “high.” All critical security vulnerabilities relate to either Qualcomm components or closed-source Qualcomm components.
However, this is not to dismiss the severity of vulnerabilities rated as “high”. According to Google, the worst of these flaws could allow malicious actors to elevate local privileges on your system or lead to remote information disclosure, all without you needing to click anything first. fishy (or phishy). In total, this update fixes a parcel potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities and should be installed as soon as possible.
April Security Updates Bug Fixes
Although the security patches are the main reason to install this new update as soon as possible, they are not the only benefit for your Pixel. This update also comes with bug fixes you will probably find useful.
Pixel 6 and 6 Pro users will find three bug fixes exclusive to their devices, related to wireless charging and camera issues:
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- Additional wireless charging performance improvements with select accessories.
- Fixed an issue causing the front camera preview to be displayed magnified in some apps.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused a green screen to appear in the camera preview.
Users with a Pixel 3a and newer will see the following UI updates on their device:
- Fixed a crash in the System UI when using apps in Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode under certain conditions.
- Fixed an issue causing an error message to be displayed when setting certain live wallpapers.
- Fixed an issue that caused the notification shade and quick settings to appear invisible after changing the wallpaper under certain conditions.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the animation to display incorrectly when canceling a search in the app drawer.
- Fixed an issue sometimes preventing navigation in the overview screen when TalkBack is active.
- Fixed an issue where the Recents button would sometimes not show the overview when using 3-button navigation with third-party launchers.
How to update your Pixel to the latest security version
Updating your Pixel is simple. Open the Settings app, go for Security, then check for a new update. If the April security update is available, you’ll see it as follows, depending on your device:
- Pixel 3a (XL): SP2A.220405.003
- Pixel 4 (XL): SP2A.220405.003
- Pixel 4a: SP2A.220405.003
- Pixel 4a (5G): SP2A.220405.003
- Pixel 5: SP2A.220405.003
- Pixel 5a (5G): SP2A.220405.003
- Pixel 6: SP2A.220405.004
- Pixel 6 Pro: SP2A.220405.004
Google is still rolling out the update, so you might not see it on your device yet. If you want to install it manually, you can find the factory and OTA image downloads for your device at the bottom of this 9to5Google page.