Another month has passed and another series of issues have been plaguing owners of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. This time around, we’ve seen more than a few complaints in regards to the Wi-Fi reliability following the February Android security patch.
While the Wi-Fi connection is available, users have been reporting that Wi-Fi will automatically shut off when the phones are locked. The thread on r/GooglePixel currently has more than 200 comments and over 150 upvotes with other Pixel 6 owners running into the same problems. Earlier today, the official “Pixel Community” account replied to the main thread, providing the following statement:
Heyu/cheesehead78. Thanks so much for reporting this issue, we’re sorry that you’re experiencing it. After some investigation, we identified the root cause and determined that it impacts a very small number of devices. Of course, we realize this is a poor experience and immediately developed a software fix that will be available in the next Google Pixel Update, rolling out in March. If you’d like to explore other options in the meantime, please get in touch with our support team, which is prepared to help you.
This is a better response than what we had seen previously, as users reported Google Support told them that a simple factory reset should solve the problems. While this is likely the case, not everyone wants to go through the entire process of setting their phones up again following a factory reset. Essentially, it just comes down to how much of a convenience the Wi-Fi problems are, as to whether you should wait it out until the March update or try other methods.
As 9to5Google reports, some have found that enrolling their Pixel 6 in the Android 12L beta program has resolved the issue. Android 12L Beta 3 was released earlier this month and is arguably even more stable than the latest version of Android 12 with the February security patch.