Android security update January 2021 for Google Pixels


A new year, so it’s time for the first security patch of 2021. This January security update is now rolling out for several Google Pixel smartphones. You can read what the update has to offer here.

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Android security update January 2021 available

Google is rolling out the first security patch of 2021, which means that the security of various Pixel devices is completely updated again. Downloading is now possible on the devices below. This is possible from the Google Pixel 3 series; older devices are no longer provided with updates.

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This update is also rolling out in phases. This means that it may take a while before you, too, will be notified that the update is ready. It is of course possible to manually check whether the patch can already be downloaded. Check the steps below for this:

  1. Go to the settings on your smartphone;
  2. Choose ‘Advanced’;
  3. Click on ‘System update’;
  4. Tap ‘Check for update’.

Don’t see a notification of the update yet? Check it again in a few days. It makes no sense to check every hour whether the patch is ready anyway. The update improves several areas. For example, you can think of problems with the sound level at different Pixels that have been solved, but also in terms of image. For example, auto-brightness didn’t work well on Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. Finally, auto-rotation of the screen has been improved for all Pixels.

I don’t have a Pixel, when will I get the update?

Don’t have a Google Pixel, but a smartphone from another manufacturer? It then depends on the producer when and whether you can expect this January patch. Various manufacturers are rolling out updates fairly quickly, including Samsung, OnePlus or Nokia.

It may take a little longer with other manufacturers. Some manufacturers even choose to release a larger update once a quarter. The patches are then bundled, so that you are completely up-to-date.

Want to know until when your device can expect security updates anyway? Then check: Overview: this is how long your Android smartphone will receive security updates

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