Get firmware updates

Update Google Pixel Buds automatically when you pair your Google Pixel Buds with a Pixel phone using Android 10+, or an Android 6.0+ device with the Pixel Bud app installed.

The Pixel Buds Web Companion App for Pixel Buds Pro is available on Chromebook (Chrome OS v117.0.5931.0 or newer) only at mypixelbuds.google.com.

How it works

Updates will be downloaded to your earbuds the next time you use them with your Pixel or Android 6.0+ device. This takes about 10 minutes, and during this time you can continue using your Pixel Buds.

If your earbuds and charging case have sufficient charge, the update is installed the next time you return your earbuds to the charging case. This also takes about 10 minutes.

It may take multiple attempts for the update to complete. For example, taking your earbuds out of the charging case while it's being installed may pause the update. However, if any part of the process is interrupted, it will resume at the next opportunity.

To check whether an update was successfully installed, go to Settings and then More settings and then Firmware update. If there's no mention of an available update, it means that you have the most recent firmware.

Grant app permissions 

To use the Pixel Buds app, you must grant the "Nearby devices" permission. To grant this permission, open the Pixel Buds app and follow the prompts.

If you do not get the prompts or if you have dismissed them, you can also grant permission in the system settings:

  1. Go to the permissions screen:
    • On a Pixel phone: Select Settings and then Apps and then See all apps and then Pixel Buds and then Permissions.
    • On a non-Pixel phone: Long press the app icon and then Tap the info icon and then Permissions and then Allow Nearby devices.
  2. Select "Allow" when asked "Allow Pixel Buds to find, connect to, and determine the relative position of nearby devices?"

Disabling or enabling automatic updates

When automatic updates are turned off, a notification will appear on your device when an update is available, but it won't be downloaded or installed on your Pixel Buds.

Note: Pixel Buds Web Companion App for Pixel Buds Pro will not have automatic updates.

To disable or enable automatic updates:

  1. On a Pixel phone with Android 10+: Go to Settings and then System and then Software updates and then App updates and then tap Settings  by your paired Pixel Buds name.
    On other Android devices: Open the Google Pixel Buds app Pixel Buds.
  2. Scroll down and select More settings and then Firmware update.
  3. Tap Automatic updates to turn it off.

Manual updates

You can trigger an update without waiting for it to be done automatically.

  1. Place your earbuds securely into their open case.
  2. On a Pixel phone with Android 10+: Go to Settings and then System and then Software updates and then App updates and then tap Settings  by your paired Pixel Buds name.
    On other Android devices: Open the Google Pixel Buds app Pixel Buds.
  3. Scroll down and select More settings and then Firmware update.
  4. Tap Manual update available.
  5. Follow the on screen instructions. This will take about 15 minutes.

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