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Does your Google Pixel 6 sound different? It may be a bug

A new bug affecting the Pixel 6 series and the Pixel 5 randomly changes ringtones and other alert sounds.
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April 11, 2022
Google Pixel 6 Pro front lockscreen lying on concrete
Rita El Khoury / Android Authority
TL;DR
  • Some Pixel users are reporting a new bug that changes ringtones and notification sounds without warning.
  • The issue seems to have cropped up after the recent April security update.
  • A few users have also lost their personal ringtones and sounds from their phones.

A new bug affecting the Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 5 is randomly changing ringtones and alarm sounds set by users.

Reports are emerging on Reddit that users are hearing different sounds than the usual ones they hear when they get a notification, call, or alert. Some of these random sounds appear to be files that are usually not selectable by end users through the Sound Picker.

The bug also affected the Pixel 6 Pro unit used by folks over at 9to5Google. However, the problem doesn’t seem too widespread, with only a handful of reports floating around.

It seems the recently released April security update is to blame here. While it fixed many annoying issues, including a major camera bug that made selfies green, it seems to have introduced this new bug to some Pixel devices.

The good news is you can head into the Sound and vibration settings on your Pixel phones to reselect your old ringtones and alert sounds. Hopefully, they should stay put after that. Two Reddit users reported that they couldn’t find their old ringtones and other personal sounds, so the bug may be deleting some ringtone files.

If your Pixel is suddenly sounding different, it’s worth heading into your phone’s settings and checking if your ringtones are missing or have been changed.