For Google Pixel Phones, the March 2023 Android Security Update is available


The March Google Pixel update is finally available, even though it was supposed to arrive on the second Monday of the month because Google remained silent for the previous week. As many of us have been testing the stable build of Android 13 QPR2, this update is bigger than normal and contains a ton of bug fixes.

Feel free to update if you wish while we compile the complete changelog of bug fixes (here is the complete list). This version should fix any bugs that have been present since the last significant QPR1 upgrade a few months ago. In a community blog post, Google also makes reference to “new functionality” that would presumably be released as part of a Pixel Feature Drop, althoug the link they point to for those features is currently broken.

UPDATE: The full list of what’s new is available here. This month is in fact a Pixel Feature Drop month.

UPDATE 2: As has been noted, the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a are absent from our database. Google has not explained what is going on or the reason those were left out. Although they are listed in the problem fix, no factory images nor official build numbers exist yet.

UPDATE 3/20: Google has now published photos and build numbers for the Pixel 6a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro. They are listed below.

All of the active Pixel phones, including the Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6, have received March factory images and OTA 13.0 files from Google.Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. If we don’t see an update arrive for a few days, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Google should begin pushing these updates shortly over-the-air (Settings>System>System update), but if you don’t want to wait for Google and prefer to update manually, you will find each factory image or OTA file at the links below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, here you go.

NOTE: If you are currently a part of the Android 13 QPR2 Beta program, this is a reminder that you will not get this stable QPR2 update. You will instead get Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1 this week. We have more details on that here.

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