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Latest Google Play Services beta fixes Pixel “Check for update” button

Owners of the Google Pixel or Pixel 2 have complained about not receiving the latest security update, even after hitting "Check for update."

Published onFebruary 7, 2018

  • There’s an apparent bug with Google Pixel smartphones in which security updates are not coming when they should.
  • The bug has been tracked to Google Play Services, and the latest beta version fixes the issue.
  • Pixel and Pixel 2 owners are encouraged to update to the latest beta to get the new security update.

Owners of the Google Pixel line of smartphones have been frustrated recently due to security updates taking a long time to arrive on their devices. The usual response to a slow update rollout is to head into the phone’s settings and tap the “Check for update” button. But it seems like the button is completely inactive, as nothing happens once the button is tapped.

It appears that this is a bug with Google Play Services, and the latest beta rollout fixes the “Check for update” feature.

Google Pixel and Pixel 2 owners in this Reddit thread are reporting that enrolling in the Google Play beta program and updating to v12.2.09 fixes the “Check for update” bug for them immediately. After updating, they head to Settings and hit the “Check for update” button and were quickly connected to the latest Android security patch.

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However, some users are also reporting that enrolling in the Play Services beta program doesn’t immediately net them the v12.2.09 update. In that case, some users have sideloaded the update and had success.

One of the primary benefits of owning a Google Pixel device is getting security patches and OS updates before anyone else does, helping to ensure your device is as safe and optimized as it can be. With the “Check for update” button not working, and updates not arriving when they should, it’s understandable why Pixel owners would be upset.

But since this beta update appears to be successful, we can assume that it will roll out soon in a stable version to users who are not in the beta program. Then the “Check for update” button will work for everyone.

If you are a Pixel owner, let us know in the comments how you fared with this update!

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