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January 2021 Android security patch rolling out now to Pixel phones

This isn't a feature drop, so it's mostly just bug fixes.

Published onJanuary 4, 2021

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The January 2021 Android security patch is here! If you own a recent Google Pixel smartphone, you can perform a software update check now in System Settings to grab it. You can also update manually or simply wait for the OTA notification.

Related: Pixel Feature Drops: Google making old phones new again is great news for us all

According to the bulletin associated with the January 2021 Android security patch, there are a whole bunch of bug fixes in this update. Over at the Pixel Phone help site, Google listed them all out. Check out the image below for a roundup.

January 2021 Android security patch
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This would be a good time to remind you that the January 2021 Android security patch will not land on the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL. Those devices saw their last updates in December. They will no longer see any love from Google.

If you don’t want to wait for the OTA alert on your Pixel phone, you can always manually update. To download the factory image or OTA, click the appropriate link below. Don’t have a Pixel phone? The Google Pixel 4a costs just $349 and is one of our favorite phones of 2020.

January 2021 Android security patch links

Note: These links are for unlocked models only. If you have a carrier-branded Pixel, you will need to visit here for factory images or here for OTA images.