Update Software on Google Pixel and Pixel XL
Edited by Jay
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.
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.
Although the steps below were completed on a Google Pixel, they will work just the same on any Android phone running the Oreo OS.
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.
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.
Manage Update Settings
You can choose when and how your device downloads updates inside Google Play's settings.
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.