Google continues rolling its punctual software updates in 2019 as well. The January software update for various Pixel devices is now rolling out. It is seeding with the build number PQ1A.190105.004. Pixel/XL/2/2XL/3/3XL are receiving the security patch as an over-the-air update. Even Pixel C is getting the January 2019 security update based on older Android 8.1 Oreo. However, the rest of the Pixel devices are getting the latest month's update based on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.
The security update for January 2019 tries to fix the security vulnerabilities at the kernel and system levels. Also, the current software update aims to resolve and improve the audio quality while recording a video on a Pixel 3/3XL.
How to Check for the PQ1A.190105.004 January 2019 Software Update?
To check and download/install the January 2019 OTA update for Pixel devices follow the steps below.
Go to Settings --> System menu --> System Update ---> Now tap on the Check for Update option. If you see the update, then hit the download button to initiate the OTA download. The OTA update weighs around 60 MB. Also, we have put up the latest month's OTA and factory image file links for the Pixel devices. You can download and install them manually. Follow the installation guide for your convenience.
Download the January Security Update for Pixel Devices [OTA /Factory Images]
Here are the links for OTA and image files for Pixel devices which brings the January 2019 security software update.
How to Install January 2019 Software Update PQ1A.190105.004 on Pixel Devices
You can ADB sideload the ROM or you may perform the factory image installation. We will provide you with both the methods. First, we will guide you how to install factory image. Before that, you have to get hold of some tools and follow some regular guidelines.
- Download the latest USB Drivers on your PC.
- Download and Install the ADB and Fastboot tool.
- A PC/Laptop
- A USB Cable
- Make sure that your device has at least 50% battery charge.
- Take a full backup on your phone before flashing the firmware.
- Enable the USB Debugging and OEM Unlock on your device.
- Download and Install the ABD and Fastboot drivers on your windows/MAC.
Steps of Installation
Step-1 open the ADB fastboot folder on your PC. It may there either on your desktop or C:/ADB i.e. Windows C drive.
Step-2 Next step is to extract the files of respective devices and move the files to the ADB folder.
Step-3 Now in the same ADB folder, press and hold the ‘Shift” key and right-click on anywhere inside the folder to select ‘Open command window here.’
Step-4 In the command prompt windows need to enter a command for which your phone has to be connected to your computer system. The command is as follows
Step-5 Using the following command boot your handset into bootloader mode.
adb reboot bootloader
Step-6 Your device will now automatically reboot and enter the bootloader mode.
Step-7 Now begin the installing the latest ROM on your Pixel devices. Firstly, open the files that are present in the folder of ADB and simultaneously locate the flash-all script. To run the files double click on it to begin the installing process on your phone.
Step-8 You will be asked to press any key to exit as soon as you are through with flashing the respective build for the devices. Please do not exit from the terminal unless you are asked to do so.
Step-9 Finally, reboot your devices. Now you will be running the latest Google Android Security patch for January 2019 with build PQ1A.190105.004 on your Pixel devices.
Installation Using ADB Sideloading
Alternatively, you can also try out the ADB sideloading method. Below is the link that will guide you to perform the flashing operation.
So, install the fresh new PQ1A.190105.004 update of 2019 on your Pixel devices and make your devices more secure and efficient.