Pixel 6a gets day one update [U: Global/unlocked]

With the Pixel 6a officially hitting store shelves and arriving today for the first customers, Google is releasing a day one update.

Update 8/1: The Global and AT&T/T-Mobile builds are now live for the Pixel 6a. The OTA “Check for update” does not reach devices yet. The OTA on the device is now rolling out and comes in at just over 50MB. Our manual sideloading guide is available here.

This build is indeed based on Android 12L instead of QPR3 (which was released in June). A telltale sign is how the battery widget is located under “Settings Services” instead of “Battery”.

Global (Unlocked)

AT&T, T-Mobile

Meanwhile, surprisingly, Google hasn’t released the August security patch for the Pixel 6a or any other supported phone (4 to 6 Pro). It was expected this morning.

Pixel 6 Pro vs 6a

We have delivered the first security update for Pixel 6a. The rollout begins today and will continue in phases over the next week, depending on carrier networks. Users will be notified as soon as the OTA becomes available for their device.


Original 7/28: Out of the box, the Pixel 6a runs with the April security patch. It’s three months old and based on Android 12L (rather than QPR3), although it follows how the Pixel 5a launched in late August with a June patch, while the 2020 Pixel 4a had a May patch for its August release. .

Google was originally supposed to release this Pixel 6a update along with other devices on Monday, but has since taken it to the next level. The OTA is rolling out today and factory images for manual sideloading will be fully available soon.

According to Verizon, this is the June 2022 security patch. As of Thursday afternoon, the Global and AT&T/T-Mobile builds are not yet available. We’ve reached out to Google for clarification on the month-old patch level.



Meanwhile, Google has informed us that the Pixel 6a will be eligible for the Android 13 Beta program as early as next week. It is not available this morning yet.

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