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October 2021 Android security patch rolling out now to Pixel phones

It's not the Android 12 update you probably were hoping for, but it's something.

Published onOctober 4, 2021

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The October 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: How Google Pixel prices for phones changed over the years

However, there isn’t much to this update. Over at the Pixel Phone help site, Google didn’t even list out the changes as it usually does. As such, this is just a security patch and nothing more.


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 from 2020.

October 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.