It has been almost a month after Google announced the new Android version and here we have Android 8.0 OPR3 Oreo update for the Google Pixel XL which comes with September security patch. The update has started to arrive on Pixel XL phones through the OTA(Over-the-air) update system but due to regional differences, you might or might not get it straight on your phone. If you don’t, follow our full manual update guide given below to immediately install Android 8.0 OPR3 Oreo factory image on your phone. The new update itself carries the September security patch and some bug fixes which were reported by users in earlier builds. Our manual procedure is approved by Google and isn’t a third-party port. You can have Android 8.0 OPR3 Oreo installed through the detailed instructions mentioned ahead. Once you do update, you can also root Pixel XL on this Oreo update. The only catch is that if this will be your first time playing around with a factory image, you might have to unlock your bootloader first before continuing – which means wiping all of your phone data.
We have tried to include all the tips and tricks to help new users easily execute the guide below. Also, before we go further, it is important to backup your data and to do so, read how to backup all your data. Once you install Android 8.0 OPR3 image to your Pixel XL, your phone will run a reset script which will wipe everything back to stock. As a Pixel XL user, you have several options to choose from depending on how you want to store your data. These are the some of the tips given below that we want you to keep in mind and then proceed.
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Google Pixel XL Android 8.0 OPR3 Factory Image Details:
This update only brings a newer security patch with some bug fixes however, you can read about the changes of Android 8.0 Oreo right below:
Android 8.0 Oreo brings several new features to the Android platform. Unfortunately, Nexus 6 has been dropped from official support by Google. Most notable features of Oreo are:
- Notification dots
- Picture-in-picture mode
- Username / password autofill for apps
- New Settings screen
- Android Instant Apps
- … and many under-the-hood changes to make Android super fast!
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Install Android Oreo: How to Install Android Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Lollipop based ROMs for the Pixel XL, visit our Custom ROMs page.
- Root Google Pixel XL: How to Root Google Pixel XL on Android 8.0 Oreo
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel XL, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Google Pixel XL USB Drivers
You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Google Pixel XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
Backup and Other Important Tips
Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.
Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.
If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]
A few more optional tips that you should remember:
1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.
2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading on the next page and update your Google Pixel XL to Android 8.0 Oreo factory image.