August 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone

August 2019 security patches are out for Google Pixel phones and Essential Phone

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Summer is beginning to wind down as we enter the month of August. Some people refer to this time as the “Dog Days of Summer,” but for us, it means new Android security updates. The patches for this month have been released for the Google Pixel family and the ever-reliable Essential Phone.

There aren’t many exciting functional patches for Google Pixel devices this month. The entire family is getting some Wi-Fi improvements, while the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL get sleep mode improvements. The August Android security update is available for the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Essential Phone. As mentioned last month, the Pixel C is no longer receiving security patch updates.

CategoryImprovementsDevices
ConnectivitySaved WiFi network configuration improvementsPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
ConnectivityWiFi CaptivePortalLogin stability improvementsPixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
StabilitySleep mode improvementsPixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL

The OTA files and factory images for the Pixel devices can be found at the links below. Find the Android security files for your device and click “Link” to start the download. To flash the update manually without losing all of your data, follow the steps outlined in this tutorial. The OTA Android security update for the Essential Phone has just started rolling out.

DeviceFactory ImageOTA Files
Pixel 3a XLLinkLink
Pixel 3aLinkLink
Pixel 3 XLLinkLink
Pixel 3LinkLink
Pixel 2 XLLinkLink
Pixel 2LinkLink
Pixel XLLinkLink
PixelLinkLink

Android Security Bulletin | Pixel Update Bulletin