Google has officially started rolling out February 2023 Security Update for Pixel handsets. This update has already gone live for eligible Pixel devices, starting from the Pixel 4a up to the new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. If you have a Pixel 4a and you live in Canada, then this build is being pushed with the build number TQ1A.230205.001.B2. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Google Fi users in the United States are getting the update with the build number TQ1A.230205.001.D2.
Changelog for the new update
According to the changelog, the February security update will address numerous issues such as the clear calling instability issue, keyboard accessibility issues, Bluetooth connection issues, and the issue where Calender wasn’t being updated in the background when using the device in the Work profile.
The update will require a small amount of data for downloading, similar to previous incremental upgrades. This update weighs around 32MB in size on Google Pixel 7 Pro while it could be smaller on older devices. Since a big update is expected next month, this update seems to be focused more on the security side and brings in a few enhancements.
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How to download and install the February 2023 Security Update for Pixel devices
The February 2022 Security Update is being rolled out in a staged manner and if you haven’t received the update’s notification yet, you can manually check for it. You can either download the update through the notification or head over to Settings -> System -> Advanced -> System Update and then install the new update.
If you’re looking to manually install the February 2023 Security Update on your Pixel phone, you can do so by sideloading the update. The OTA files and factory images of the update are already available. However, before updating your phone, ensure that you’re taking a backup of the important data.