Pixel phones get Android 13 update to fix battery drain and wireless charging issues

Google has released its first update to Android 13 for Pixel phones. The update fixes a number of bugs reported by users after the Android 13 update which include excessive battery drain, wireless charging not working, improvement to fingerprint recognition, and Bluetooth devices not connecting.

Pixel 4 to Pixel 6 Pro will receive the update over the coming weeks, however, Pixel 6a devices will receive the update later this month.

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September 2022 Android 13 update for Pixel phones

Android 13 was released last month for Pixel 4 and later smartphones. However, users have shared complaints of various issues impacting battery life, gestures, connectivity, and more. This new update from Google aims to address a few of these issues.

The Pixel software update for September 13 has the version number TP1A.220905.004, and contains the following bug fixes and improvements:

Battery & Charging
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing increased battery drain from certain launcher background activities
  • Fix for issue preventing wireless charging mode to activate in certain conditions (for compatible Pixel devices with wireless charging)
Biometrics
  • Additional improvements for fingerprint recognition and response in certain conditions
Bluetooth
  • Fix for issue occasionally preventing certain Bluetooth devices or accessories from connecting (for Pixel 6a)
User Interface
  • Fix for issue occasionally causing notifications to appear truncated on the lock screen

Alongside the fixes, this software update also has 5 security patches related to Kernel, Pixel devices, and Qualcomm components.

To update your Pixel smartphone, go to Settings > System > System Update, and tap on “check for update” button. If you don’t see the update right away, you may have to try again in a few hours. Alternatively, you can wait for the notification to show up once the OTA update is available for your smartphone.

If you want the update earlier, you can try this trick: enroll your Pixel smartphone in the Android 13 beta, check for updates, unenroll your device (from the beta website), and check for updates again. This will trick Google’s servers into sending the update to your phone right away.

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