Google admits the February update broke Wi-Fi on the Pixel 6 series; a patch will be available in March

Google admits the February update broke Wi-Fi on the Pixel 6 series;  a patch will be available in March

There was some speculation that the “mystery” second February update released less than a week ago was disseminated by Google to fix the Wi-Fi issue, but that proved not to be the case. Verizon eventually released a changelist for the update that said, “The current software update provides performance improvements to your device.”

Some Google Pixel 6 customers reported that the February update damaged their Wi-Fi access. When the devices are locked, the problem disables Wi-Fi or does not turn it on at all. Earlier today, the official Google Reddit account released a message on the Google Pixel sub-Reddit. According to the statement, “Hello there, u/cheesehead78. Thank you for reporting this issue; we apologise for the inconvenience. We discovered the main problem after some inquiry and discovered that it affects a relatively tiny number of devices. Of course, we recognise that this is an unacceptable experience and have promptly produced a software remedy that will be included in the next Google Pixel Update, which will be released in March.” Some Pixel 6 customers may be without Wi-Fi.

Some Pixel 6 users had Wi-Fi broken by the latest update – Google admits that February update broke Pixel 6 series Wi-Fi; fix coming in March. Some Pixel 6 users had Wi-Fi broken by the latest update. Not everyone is pleased about having to wait until the March update to have the issue fixed. As Reddit user “jbockel” wrote, “How in the world is it acceptable to break Bluetooth+wifi in early Feb and push a fix over a month later? This is shameful.”

“Also, as someone who has reached out to your support team on three separate occasions about this issue I can attest that they are wholly unprepared to help,” he continued. “They have no idea what’s going on and all wanted to warranty my P6P with a new phone. Google needs to do better.” If you don’t want to wait until March to receive the update, those who joined the beta program and installed Android 12L Beta 3 found that this will fix the problem. Just keep in mind that Android 12L, a version of Android 12 for devices with larger screens, is still in beta and while some call the release stable, you might not want to take that risk.
Installing the latest beta version of Android 12L is one workaround if you can’t wait until March

Still, if you want to give Android 12L beta 3 a whirl on your Pixel, click on the following link. A box on the header says “View your eligible devices.” Tap on it and you’ll see, well, your eligible devices. Tap on the “+ Opt in” button and you’ll be sent an OTA update to install within the next 24 hours. That is done by going to Settings > System > System update. When you want to return to the public Android updates, you’ll go back to the same Android Beta System website, tap on devices, and click on “Opt out.” Within 24 hours you will receive an update that will wipe your device and install the latest public version of Android.

As Google notes, “You will not be able to unenroll and revert back to a stable public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You may also encounter issues restoring a backup.” Considering that the beginning of March isn’t terribly far away, your best bet is probably to wait for Google’s update to arrive. This is not the first time that Pixel 6 series users have had an update end up causing more problems for the phone. For example, twice Google has updated the Google Photos app only to cause problems for the Magic Eraser.

The first time, Magic Eraser disappeared following the update and Google sent out a fix that brought back the heavily promoted feature. The second time a Google Photos update negatively affected the Magic Eraser happened earlier this month when users trying to open Magic Eraser would find the Google Photos app crashing. Google pushed out a fix the very next day. Samsung just pushed the February security update to my Galaxy A11 this morning while I was at work… and magically it disabled wifi calling. Wifi network symbol is also broken, constant display of both unlink and downwind arrows simultaneously, but no data throughput. Clearly shows full bars WiFi signal, but no network can be identified. I hope this is a temporary problem… very temporary.

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