Google Pixel users just got an exciting free upgrade

A new Android 13 update rolls out this month

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With the launch event for the Google Pixel 7 and the Google Pixel Watch coming later this week, all focus has been on what's new and shiny.

But users of older Pixel phones shouldn't feel left out. A fresh update for the Android 13 operating system rolls out today and looks set to fix some bugs and shape up the user experience for older Pixel fans.

Let's take a look at exactly what's changed.

Google Pixel: Android 13 October update

Broadly, this update addresses Audio, Connectivity, User Interface and Wi-Fi. Issues with humming and other noise when using wired headsets have been addressed, while a fix has also been implemented for issues with the volume controls in the media player window.

Users of the best VPN services rejoice: a fix has been put in place to prevent crashing when connecting to a VPN on your Pixel device.

User interface gets a big overhaul. Compatibility issues with certain widgets have been addressed, along with a bug where the media player shows default icons for media apps.

Those of you who still keep audio stored locally on your device will be glad to hear that crashes occurring when playing in this manner have been fixed. Likewise, those experiencing issues with the Work Profile toggle appearing shorter than expected will be glad to hear it's a thing of the past.

Lastly, issues with some Wi-Fi networks not showing up in the network selection menu have been fixed.

Which Google Pixel phones get the Android 13 update?

This latest upgrade to Android 13 will roll out to Pixel users over the next month. It will be available on the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 4 (XL)
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 5a (5G)
  • Google Pixel 6
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro
  • Google Pixel 6a

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Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.