Tapping the “Check for Update” button on Nexus/Pixel will actually be useful now

Although the Nexus and Pixel phones are among the first to receive new Android updates every time Google releases them, it takes time until all devices are updated. If you're not among the 1% people selected for the initial batch of devices, the only solution would be to flash the OTA file or factory image if you want the update as fast as possible.

More importantly, pressing the “Check for Update” button will not help you at all unless you've been previously selected for the rollout group. Google explained a while ago that the first time an Android user taps the update button, it determines whether or not he/she can download a new update.

Since only 1% of devices are usually selected to get a new Android update in the first 24-48 hours, it's quite easy to miss the opportunity. Subsequent taps on the button won't do anything until the next batch of devices is scheduled to start receiving the update.

The good news is things have changed, as Googler Elliott Hughes points out in a post on Google+. According to Hughes, as long as you have the latest version of Google Play Services installed on your phone, you can bypass the 1% limitation when you tap the “Check for Update” button.

Unfortunately, the new update system will only function for the Nexus and Pixel smartphones. Other smartphone brands pushing Android updates to their devices will continue to use their own methodology.



4. Wario unregistered

I think people miss the point of a gradual roll out. If you roll out an update and it has a critical error, everyone who updated during the mass update is effected compared to the gradual roll out that is staggered. You're basically a Guinea pig to test out the update before Google pushes it to others.

3. davidc

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 22, 2017

Did not work for me! I'm using a Nexus 6p, running Android 8.00 beta. Google has still not automatically updated me. And when I just tried this technique, it still says I'm updated, even though I am not.


Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 12, 2017

I had the same issue with my Pixel (C) that was signed into the Android Oreo Beta program. Unenroll from the beta program and the September security patch came through in minutes.. Maybe worth a try for you?

2. Wario unregistered

So glad to own a Google brand phone. I don't have to miss out on major features such as this one.

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012


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