[Updated: Oct. 26] Google Pixel Android 12 update bugs, problems, & issues tracker: Reported, fixed, & acknowledged (workarounds inside)

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on May 19, 2021) follows:

Google showed off its plans for Android 12 at its I/O event a few hours ago and soon after dropped the Android 12 Beta 1 update for the public.

As expected, there’s a lot to unpack in the Android 12 beta 1 update, however, Google is yet to release its Material You design that has caught everyone’s attention.

But of course, a major new update also means a host of new bugs and issues that will need to be fixed with subsequent updates.

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Google Pixel 4a

So in this article, we’ll keep tabs on all the bugs and issues that pop up on Google Pixel phones running on Android 12.

Given the fact that Android 12 is only in its beta stages, it won’t be surprising if you run into issues every now and then.

Hopefully, Google will iron out these problems over the course of the beta program that is expected to end in August, if all things go according to plan.

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Android 12 timeline

That said, it won’t be surprising to see some bugs and issues slip past the beta testing phase and make an appearance with the stable release.

So we’ll keep track of all these developments in one place to make it easier for you to know whether or not certain bugs and issues on Google Pixel phones running on Android 12 are widespread or not.

Update 1 (May 24)

IST 01:50 pm: As per recent reports from Google’s IssueTacker, users are experiencing a couple of issues on the Android 12 beta 1 update where the Pixel Live Wallpaper is crashing and the QS battery estimates are appearing off-screen. Full coverage here.

Update 2 (May 31)

IST 07:04 pm: It seems that users of the Android 12 beta 1 update are facing an issue where Gmail and other apps are crashing after a few seconds. However, there is a simple workaround to fix the same. More on that here.

Update 3 (June 04)

IST 11:36 am: Google Pixel device owners who use the crypto.com app are advised to hold off from updating their units to Android 12 beta 1 build as the app simply doesn’t work, at least for now. Learn more about that here.

Update 4 (June 07)

IST 11:21 am: Google has reportedly confirmed that they will work on making the Android 12 ripple effect feel less glitchy. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see the newer animation to judge whether there’s any improvement.

IST 03:38 pm: Google Pixel device owners are complaining about battery not charging beyond 80%. But Google says it isn’t a bug and is more of an optimization feature. Find out why.

Update 5 (June 15)

IST 12:26 PM: Users of Pixel devices on Android 12 beta 2 build are reporting issues with an inconsistent Monet theming engine and a navigation bar that remains stuck on the right-hand side of the display even in full-screen landscape apps. More on that here.

IST 02:32 PM: The upcoming Android 12 Beta 3 update may address buggy swipe on lock screen that freezes and prevents dismissing notifications along with the unfinished volume control layout on Google Pixels.

IST 06:33 PM: Some Google Pixel 4a users are facing an issue where the Recent apps button is not working even on the Android 12 beta 2 update. Check out the complete coverage for more details by heading here.

Update 7 (June 17)

IST 09:03 PM: Several users had called for the removal of the gesture bar/pill from the Pixel Launcher home screen and lock screen on Android 12. But Google rejected saying that it’s intended behavior. Head here for the full story.

Update 8 (June 18)

IST 01:46 PM: It is now coming to light that the issue of missing weather and player information on the lock screen and AOD has been fixed.

Marked as fixed.
The issue has been fixed and it will be available in a future build.
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Update 9 (June 19)

IST 11:27 AM: Google Pixel users on Android 12 beta 2 are unable to toggle Wi-Fi on/off from Quick Settings and here is all you need to know.

Update 10 (June 24)

IST 10:27 AM: Google is rolling out an update to its Pixel devices on the Android 12 Beta program, this time Android 12 Beta 2.1.

This minor update to Android 12 Beta 2 includes various stability improvements as well as the following fixes:

– Fixed an issue that prevented users from accessing things on the lock screen. For example, swiping down for the notification shade, swiping away notifications, or swiping up to unlock the phone. (Issue #190702454)
– Fixed issues that caused information such as weather and calendar events to not appear in the At a Glance widget on the home screen or lock screen. (Issue #190700432, Issue #190644743)
– Fixed an issue that sometimes caused flickering or jittery animations when accessing recent apps with gesture navigation.
– Fixed an issue that sometimes caused microphone and camera permission indicators to get stuck and disappear until the phone was rebooted.
– Fixed an issue when using the Android Emulator with an Android Virtual Device (AVD) running Android 12 that prevented the AVD from connecting to the internet.
– Fixed an issue where after taking Beta and resetting the device, some users are were stuck on setup wizard (Issue #190082536).
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Update 11 (July 15)

IST 01:06 PM: The Android 12 Beta 3 just went live with improvements to the missing Wi-Fi toggle on quick settings.

Update 12 (July 20)

IST 01:06 PM: The bootloop issue on Google Pixels has lived on for some users even after the Android 12 beta 3 update but there is a possible workaround.

IST 06:42 PM: Google Pixel issue where affected Android 12 users can’t dismiss missed call notifications gets addressed and a fix is set to roll out with next update. Head here for details.

Update 13 (July 23)

IST 01:06 PM: The Android 12 beta 3 unresponsive home screen issue after screen unlock is set to get fixed in the next update for the Google Pixels. Details here.

Update 14 (July 27)

IST 12:53 PM: The Google Pixel 4a issue where the Recent apps button wasn’t showing has been addressed in Android 12 Beta 3 update. More on that here.

IST 1:23 pm: Android 12 Beta 3.1 has been released and the search bar issue that was first seen in Beta 3 has still not been addressed. More on that here.

Update 15 (July 29)

IST 02:27 PM: The Google Phone app is doing away with SIP settings on Android 12 indicating that you won’t be able to add a SIP account or use the stock dialer for SIP calls.

Update 16 (August 06)

IST 04:15 PM: Google Pixel users are facing a problem on the Android 12 beta 3 and 3.1 where pulling down the notifications shade from the lock screen shows a blank page instead of the quick settings panel. Head here for more details and a workaround for the same.

Update 17 (August 12)

IST 10:02 am: Google is pushing out Android 12 Beta 4 to eligible Pixel devices and with it, comes a lot of bug fixes as outlined in this official documentation of the same.

– Fixed issues that prevented some notifications about missed calls from being dismissed. (Issue #193718971, Issue #194388100)
– Fixed issues where system theme colors did not apply to some Quick Settings tiles. (Issue #190633032, Issue #190338020)
– Fixed an issue where Quick Settings tiles did not align to the grid when dragging or rearranging them. (Issue #188641280)
– Fixed an issue where the alarm and mute icons did not display in the notification bar. (Issue #186769656)
– Fixed an issue where the primary Home screen was blank when swiping back to it from another page. (Issue #189435745)
– Fixed an issue where, when a Bluetooth device was connected, audio could not be heard after routing the audio to the phone during a call. (Issue #192585637)

– Fixed an issue where the Calendar widget wouldn’t load after it was added to the Home screen. (Issue #188799206)
– Fixed an issue where toggles for some options in the Settings app were not visible. (Issue #193727765)
– Fixed an issue where widgets would sometimes disappear after restarting the device. (Issue #191363476)
– Fixed an issue where RCS messages did not work when a VPN was active. (Issue #189577131)
– Fixed issues that sometimes caused devices to crash and restart. (Issue #194272305)

– Fixed an issue that caused multiple notifications about foreground service launch restrictions to display. (Issue #194081560)
– Fixed an issue where the wrong app would sometimes open when opening an app from the dock or Home screen area. (Issue #194766697)
– Fixed an issue where double-tapping the device’s screen would not wake it in some cases. (Issue #190453834)
– Fixed an issue where the cell signal strength was not displayed in the status bar. (Issue #190894572)
– Fixed an issue where if a screen recorder was active, the notification shade did not animate properly when closing. (Issue #191276597)

Other resolved issues

– Fixed an issue where, when playing music on Youtube Music on Android Auto, some users experienced audio playing out of the phone instead of the vehicle speakers or no audio at all in Toyota Cars.
– Fixed an issue where, when using Google Maps navigation on Android Auto, some users experienced issues with text being blurry.
– Fixed an issue where users couldn’t select a destination in Waze while using Android Auto.
– Fixed an issue where the phone became unresponsive or stuck on the lock screen after starting Android Auto.
– Fixed an issue where, in some scenarios, Google Maps could not provide different route options while using Android Auto.

– Fixed an issue on Android Auto where music would pause when the phone was locked.
– Fixed an issue on Android Auto where users sometimes heard Music audio while trying to reply to an SMS using the Google Assistant.
– Fixed an issue on Android Auto where Automatic Day and Night switching did not work.
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IST 12:03 PM: The Pixel launcher issue where the search bar appeared poorly designed that surfaced in Beta 3 and persisted through Beta 3.1 seems to be present even in Beta 4. More on that here.

IST 12:54 pm: Even after the obvious outrage from users about the move to relocate the device control menu from the power menu to the notification shade, Google has shipped Android 12 Beta 4 with the same location for the device control. More on that here.

IST 1:32 pm: Following the release of Android 12 Beta 4, users continue to complain about the removal of the ability to open the clock app by clicking on the clock. More on that in our coverage here.

Update 18 (August 13)

IST 10:02 am: A section of Google Pixel owners are reportedly facing a bunch of issues following the release of the Android 12 Beta 4 build. These include a broken VPN service and banner notifications, media player disappearing when quick settings is expanded, among others. More on that here.

IST 11:08 am: Android 12 Beta 4 has made a few tweaks to the notifications when the device is in landscape mode and users are both thrilled and upset by this change. More on that here.

Update 19 (August 17)

IST 10:02 am: New reports now indicate that the poorly designed search bar issue that has been afflicting Beta build users has now finally been fixed. This will be fixed in final S build.

Update 20 (August 18)

01:32 pm (IST): The Android banner notifications not showing issue that surfaced following the update to Android 12 Beta 4 has reportedly been fixed and the fix will be available in the next release.

Update 21 (August 20)

10:32 am (IST): The issue on Android 12 Beta 4 where System Intelligence keeps stopping or crashing for some Google Pixel devices has been escalated. More on that in our coverage of the same here.

Update 22 (August 24)

03:13 pm (IST): The broken VPN issue that began following Android 12 Beta 4 has now been fixed with a Google Play security update. Head here to know more.

04:13 pm (IST): If your Google Play System updates to September 1 and then reverts to May 1 on Android 12 beta 4, you aren’t alone. Head here for details.

Update 23 (August 25)

IST 10:02 am: Now, Google says that it is aware of an issue that causes the Phone app to keep crashing or crash loop on the Android 12 beta 4 build for Pixel users when using Bluetooth headset. Consequently, there is a suggested official workaround and you can learn more on that here.

IST 12:40 pm: As per recent reports, some Google Pixel users on Android 12 beta 4 are unable to install the latest Carrier Services update. Head here for more details and workaround for the issue.

IST 04:07 pm: Android 12 beta 4 may restart/crash or even factory reset in the event of multiple app crashes that occur upon checking app info. Head here for details.

Update 24 (August 26)

IST 12:22 pm: Android 12 Beta 4.1 is rolling out to users on the Beta channel and with it comes a few more bug fixes as outlined in the excerpt of the release notes below.

– Fixed an issue that caused some devices to get stuck in a boot loop after restarting the device. (Issue #193789343)
– Fixed an issue where heads-up notifications were sometimes not shown, requiring the user to swipe into the notification drawer to view them. (Issue #196264672)
– Fixed an issue where the device volume controls sometimes did not work when casting. (Issue #196528545)
– Fixed an issue where Face Unlock did not work on some devices. (Issue #189819846)
– Fixed an issue that prevented users from granting the Nearby Devices permission to the Phone app in settings. Users who are experiencing a crash loop with the Phone app when trying to make a call over Bluetooth can now grant the required permission. To do this, long press the Phone app and tap App info , then go to Permissions > Nearby devices and select Allow. (Issue #196325588)
– Fixed an issue where, after connecting the phone to a VPN, the phone could not connect to the internet. (Issue #196237480)
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Update 25 (September 01)

IST 05:28 pm: The Android 12 beta 4.1 update appears to have broken the volume controls when casting. Fortunately, the issue has been escalated. To know more, head here.

Update 26 (September 03)

IST 06:36 pm: As per an IssueTracker thread, the issue where RCS/chat features not working in the Messages app on Android 12 beta 4.1 has been escalated. However, several reports indicate that the issue was not fixed with Android 12 beta 4 and has been around since before that.

Update 27 (September 09)

IST 12:19 pm: There have been complaints about the Android 12 beta 5 At a Glance widget not showing weather and its settings/options being broken. Thankfully, a fix is in the works.

IST 1:32 pm: Android 12 Beta 5 for the Google Pixel devices is rolling out and finally, it seems to address the broken search bar. More on that here.

IST 2:14 pm: Android 12 Beta 5 has reportedly added back the Device Controls feature that has been missing in the Beta builds. However, these have been moved from the Power menu in Android 11 to the lockscreen according to users. More on that here.

Update 28 (September 11)

IST 01:01 pm: The At a Glance widget bug has apparently been resolved and a fix for it will be available via a future build. More on this here.

Update 29 (September 14)

IST 10:01 am: A section of Google Pixel owners on Android 12 Beta are reporting bizarre behavior where the keyboard flashes every time they switch between apps.

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Is this a Beta thing? Notice the flash that takes place when the keyboard is up. Happens with other apps too, not just Keep.
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Update 30 (September 15)

IST 06:18 pm: The Google Play System updating bug is allegedly fixed with the beta 5 update that recently began rolling out. More details here.

Update 31 (September 16)

IST 04:48 pm: The Google Play System updating bug has indeed been marked as fixed on the official issue tracker page. Head here for more.

Update 32 (September 22)

IST 03:50 pm: Google has fixed the bug which resulted in a black screen appearing when pulling down the notification shade on the lockscreen. More details here.

Update 33 (October 5)

IST 02:23 pm: As we inch closer to the official stable release of Android 12 for Pixel devices, more and more info continues to come to us.

Now, reports have it that the Android 12 update will come with patches for over 160 vulnerabilities. These include updates to:

– Android TV – 2
– Android runtime – 4
– Android Framework – 70
– Library – 2
– Media Framework – 21
– System – 63
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Update 34 (October 12)

IST 12:23 pm: The At a Glance feature has been broken for some time now and recently, we saw reports that a fix was coming to affected Pixel devices soon.

Now, a section of users now reports that Weather on At a Glance has returned and the weather widget seems to be back and working well.

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Update 35 (October 20)

IST 04:50 pm: The bug that caused QS battery estimates to be appearing off-screen is now resolved.

Update 36 (October 21)

IST 09:50 am: Stable Android 12 is rolling out to Pixel devices and the issue to do with inconsistent Monet theming engine has now been fixed.

IST 06:00 pm: Many Pixel users say they are experiencing app crashing and freezing after updating their devices to Android 12. Google is yet to acknowledge the issue. More on that here.

Update 37 (October 22)

IST 11:32 am: Google now says it is aware of the issue where Pixel users can’t access calendar in At a Glance widget after Android 12 update. Luckily, there’s a workaround. More in our coverage here.

Update 38 (October 22)

IST 12:20 pm: Google Pixel users are having trouble to use the new scrolling screenshot feature of Android 12. Some cannot find the option, while others had it and it suddenly disappeared.

In addition, the conditions where the feature can be used have been clarified (for those who can use it). It can only be activated by taking a screenshot with the physical buttons. Also, the application must be compatible.

IST 02:15 pm: Many Pixel users are now reporting that they are having touch screen issues on the upper part of the screen after they updated to Android 12. More on that here.

Update 39 (October 23)

IST 01:42 pm: The Android 12 Beta 4 issue where System Intelligence keeps stopping or crashing for some Pixel users has been fixed.

Update 40 (October 25)

IST 10:21 am: Users who have been facing issues with RCS can now rest easy as the issue has now been fixed.

Update 41 (October 26)

IST 10:32 am: Face Unlock has been having issues on the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL and now, the issue has been marked as fixed, despite many still facing the issue.

More on this in our dedicated coverage of the same.

    NOTE: This issue/bug tracker will be updated continuously with the status of known bugs and issues.

Android 12 update-related bugs/issues/problems reported so far and their status
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Double-tap on back gesture not working for some Unacknowledged
Beta All Pixels Multitasking functionality not working Unacknowledged
Beta All Pixels Brightness defaults to 0% after reboot Unacknowledged
Beta All Pixels Silent and vibrate status bar icons missing Unacknowledged
Beta All Pixels Twitter crashes when uploading a picture Possible workaround
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Touch not working in some apps Acknowledged
Beta All Pixels Audio issues with YouTube Music on Android Auto Acknowledged
Beta All Pixels Blurry text in Google Maps on Android Auto Acknowledged
Beta All Pixels Issues while selecting destination in Waze Acknowledged
Beta All Pixels Google Home app not working Acknowledged
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Hotplugging the HDMI cable might cause video playback to fail on some display sinks. Acknowledged
Beta All Pixels Empty placeholders in TV Settings Acknowledged
Beta Pixel 4a, 5 Settings > Accounts crashes Acknowledged
Beta All Pixels Pixel Live Wallpaper crashing Escalated
Beta All Pixels QS battery estimates appearing off-screen Fixed
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Gmail and other apps crashing after a few seconds Workaround
Beta All Pixels Crypto.com app not working Acknowledged
Beta All devices Ripple/sparkles animation feels glitchy Acknowledged
Beta All devices Battery not charging beyond 80% Reaason why
Beta All devices Inconsistent Monet theming engine Fixed
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Unfinished volume panel layout Fixed
Beta All Pixels Lock screen freezes and fails to register swipes Fixed
Beta 1 & 2 Pixel 4a Recent apps button not working Fixed
Android 11/12 All Pixels Gestures bar visible on Pixel Launcher home screen Expected behavior
Android 11 All Pixels Lockscreen weather widget missing Fixed
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Unable to toggle Wi-Fi on/off from Quick Settings Improved
Beta All Pixels Bootloop issue Possible workaround
Beta All Pixels Can’t dismiss missed call notifications Fixed in Beta 4
Beta All Pixels Unresponsive home screen issue after screen unlock Fix to roll out
Beta All Pixels Pulling down notifications shade shows blank screen instead of quick settings Fixed
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta All Pixels Poorly designed search bar in launcher Fixed in Beta 5
Beta 4 Some Pixel users Broken VPN service, banner notifications Fixed in Beta 4.1
Beta 4 Some Pixel users Media player disappears when quick settings is expanded Reported
Beta 4 Some Pixel users System Intelligence keeps stopping/crashing Fixed
Beta 4 Some Pixel users Google Play System updating to September 1 then reverting to May 1 Fixed
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta 4 All Pixels Phone app crash loops when connected to Bluetooth headset Fixed in Beta 4.1
Beta 4 All Pixels Unable to install Carrier Services update Workaround
Up to beta 4 All Pixels Opening App info page leads to crash Fixed
Beta 4.1 All Pixels Volume controls not working when casting after beta 4.1 update Issue escalated
Beta 4.1 All Pixels RCS/chat features not working in the Messages app Fixed
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Beta 5 All Pixels At a Glance widget settings/options broken (no weather) Fix rolling out
Beta 5 All Pixels Keyboard flashes when switching apps Unacknowledged
Android 12 All Pixels App crashing and freezing Unacknowledged
Android 12 All Pixels Calendar not working in At a Glance Workaround
Android 12 All Pixels (prior to Pixel 6) Scrolling screenshot feature missing Not Aware
Channel Device Description of problem Status
Android 12 All Pixels Touch screen not working on upper part of screen Unacknowledged
Android 12 Pixel 4 and 4 XL Face Unlock not working properly Allegedly fixed

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