The update released earlier this month for Pixel handsets ranging from the Pixel 3a to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro enables VoLTE (Voice over LTE) for Pixel phones running on US and global carriers. VoLTE allows a user to make a voice call through their LTE line. The user’s wireless company must opt out of this, and the feature is typically used when a normal cellular connection is unable to make calls.
A support page released by Google
Says: “By 2021, carriers in the US announced they would be phasing out their 3G networks. As a result, some devices that don’t support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) or VoLTE roaming could lose voice calling services, including calls to 911, or connectivity when the 3G networks are shut down.”
The page notes that “in June 2022, Google released a software update that enabled VoLTE roaming for many US and global carriers. This will allow many Pixel devices in the US to roam with VoLTE if your carrier supports VoLTE roaming. contact your carrier for more information.”
Grab the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
The software update, which we suspect is the June 6 update, has been made available for the following Pixel devices:
Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL
Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL
Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5
Pixel 5a (5G)
Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro.
To install it on your Pixel, go to Settings † System † System update† If the update is not installed, follow the prompts and instructions to do so. VoLTE gives you superior voice quality compared to phone calls over traditional mobile networks. Again, if you can’t get a good cellular connection, VoLTE will allow you to make calls over your LTE connection.