Google Pixel 3a XL update: First OTA finally arrives carrying June security patch

Google Pixel 3a XL update

With software at the center of everything Google, expect lots of updates to be directed to the Google Pixel 3a XL in the coming three years. On this page, we help you keep track of these updates and what they bring, including coverage on the latest software news, both official and unofficial updates.

For the smaller Pixel 3a, see this page.


Latest news

June 04, 2019: The first software update for the Google Pixel 3a XL is finally rolling out with June 2019 security patch. The update fixes a bug related to Bluetooth security keys where it will now unpair your device from vulnerable, exploit-prone keys and in the process remove it from the options to be used for two-factor authentication.

Google Pixel 3a XL software update timeline

Date Software version Download links Changelog
03 June 2019 PQ3B.190605.006 | Android 9 Factory image | OTA June 2019 security patch and fixes a bug related to Bluetooth security keys

Android Q update

  • Google Pixel 3a XL is eligible for Android Q update
  • Official Q beta testing (OTA) begins in June
  • But you can manually flash the system image right now

The Google Pixel 3a XL was expected to be eligible for Android Q beta testing once available for purchase. However, things changed, with Google revealing that eligibility will begin in June 2019.

Google Pixel 3a Q beta

If you can’t wait until June, though, the system image for Android Q beta is live on Google’s download page and can be flashed right away. But be warned this method will mean you won’t receive future Android Q OTA updates, instead, you’ll have to keep flashing the images manually.

Also, for now, you get to deal with March 2019 security update based on Android 9 Pie, meaning next month’s update should combine May and June patches into a single update.

How to install Android Q manually

Interested users can download the Android Q factory image from here, and install it using the guide here.


Eligible for Android R and Android S too

  • Android version and monthly security updates guaranteed until May 2022
  • Android R and Android S updates are expected

Google extended the software support window for its devices from two to three years. This means the Pixel 3a XL will receive regular software updates and Android OS updates until May 2022.

Google Pixel 3a software support window

During this window, the device will switch from the current Android 9 Pie to the upcoming Android Q, Android R and later Android S, the latter expected in 2021. As for security updates, May 2022 will be the end of the road.

This should make the Pixel 3a XL, alongside the standard Pixel 3a, the midrange device with the longest software support window.


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