Update Software on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Keeping your Google Pixel or Pixel XL updated with the latest software is an easy way to ensure your device is functioning at its optimal performance. Whether it's the Android version, a security patch, or a device-specific update, keeping everything current is good practice and easy to do.

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Below we run through the steps on updating a Google Pixel running Oreo 8.0 via a notification, and manually through settings. We'll also show how to edit when and how, your device updates, depending on your connection status.

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Although the steps below were completed on a Google Pixel, they will work just the same on any Android phone running the Oreo OS.

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Update Software from the Notification Panel

As long as your device is connected to the internet, you'll receive a notification each time a software update becomes available to download.

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    If you see an update notification on the lock screen, double-tap it to begin the process
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    You can also access the update from the notification panel by swiping down from the upper edge of the device.
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    From the System Update screen, review the available update, then tap "Download and install".
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    If you're limited on data, you may want to connect to WiFi before downloading and updates.
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    Your device will now begin downloading the update
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    This may take some time depending on your connection speed and the size of the file.
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    Once the update has fully downloaded to your device, the installation process will start.
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    Some updates will require your device to be restarted to complete the process
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    If you see the option, tap "Restart now to update".
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    Once your device has rebooted, a notification will display showing the final phase of the update
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    Once it's completed, your phone will be fully updated.
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Check for Updates Manually via Settings

If for whatever reason your phone wasn't connected to the internet or you simply cleared the update notification, you can still check manually from settings.

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    From the home screen, swipe up from the little arrow.
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    Inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the settings screen, tap "System".
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    Here on the system page, tap "System updates".
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    On the system updates screen, tap "Check for update".
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    If there are any available updates, continue through with the installation process.
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Manage Update Settings

You can choose when and how your device downloads updates inside Google Play's settings.

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    On the home screen, swipe up from the small arrow.
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    In your app drawer, tap "Play Store".
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    Once the Play Store loads, tap the three-dot menu in the upper left corner, then tap "Settings".
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    Inside your Play Store settings, tap "Auto-update apps".
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    When the Auto-update apps option box loads, select one of the three options; Do not auto-update apps, Auto-update apps at any time (data charges may apply), Auto-update apps over WiFi only.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Unless you have unlimited or a hefty amount of data, it is recommended to only update when connected to WiFi.
  • To never miss out on any available app or system updates, select Auto-update apps over WiFi only from your Play Store settings.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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