How to update Google Pixel 3a (and 3a XL)

Installing system update on Pixel 3a

One cannot deny that having the phone from an OEM who has also designed the very operating system of an entire generation of phones has its perks. The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have made their grand arrival and Google is standing behind this particular piece with 3 years of speedy updates and software support.

Yes, that means you will get not Android Q update on the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, but also (presumably) Android R and Android S. Amazing, isn’t?

This aspect singlehandedly gives every the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL a major upper hand compared to its competition.

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Staying updated though will require certain action from your end. Follow these steps to ensure that your Google Pixel 3a stays updates, always.

How to check and install system update on Pixel 3a

You can check for and install a system update on your Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL using any of the two methods below.

The first one is the easiest, clearly. But if you get stuck, you can manually download the latest update (factory image firmware) as available and install it using our guide.

Method 1: Using the Settings app

Google-Pixel-3a-update-guide

Sometimes, updating your Pixel 3a/3a XL can rectify the screen freeze and crash issues that are plaguing the phone.

  • Go to your phone’s  Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap on System.
  • Tap on Advanced.
  • Tap on System update.
  • If there is an update, the system will automatically begin installing it.

There’s another approach as well that you can use to update your Pixel 3a.

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Method 2: Installing a firmware (stock ROM)

You can download updates for your Pixel 3 manually as well. This also called Back To Stock.

Here’s a guide on how to install a firmware file on Pixel 3a:

  1. Download the firmware (factory image) file from here.
    • Pixel 3a (sargo) – link
    • Pixel 3a XL (bonito) – link
  2. Install the firmware using fastboot mode using this guide by us here → link.

If you feel that updating your Pixel 3a has performance, here’s a guide to help you identify what’s really going on with it. We hope this guide helps your Pixel 3a stay updated.


So, that’s all about checking a software update on Pixel 3a, as well as updating the device to the latest version of the update as available.

You can use the comments section below to seek any help in this regard from us.

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