Google Pixel, the original one, is now receiving Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 update with January 2018 security patch. You can read the guide ahead to download and install the newest update manually on your phone. Previous month, Google unveiled Android 8.1 Oreo to the public. With some new features and improvements, it was an incremental build. Following on that standard, this is another incremental update that is also based on 8.1 Oreo but it carries further bug fixes and this month’s – Jan 2018 – security patch. You can get this build on your Pixel through the OTA (Over-the-air) update system but if you are running a rooted phone, custom ROM or any other system modification, the following guide is your only chance to update to stock firmware. We are assuming you have unlocked bootloader on your Google Pixel, if not read our guide on how to unlock your bootloader first before continuing. Also, it is to note that installing a system image on a device removes all data from the device, so you should back up your data first.
If this is your very first time installing / flashing a factory image, we understand you would want to make sure your installation process go as smooth as possible. So before we actually jump to the installation process of Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 image, let’s take a look below at how to backup all your data. When installing this Android 8.1 Oreo factory image, your entire data will be wiped clean — like a brand new phone. As a Pixel 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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Pixel Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 Factory Image Details:
Android 8.1 Oreo comes as minor upgrade over the Android 8.0 release. This new build gives you an insight as to how Android 8.1 Oreo would look and what features it would carry. Here is a description given to this build by Google:
Android 8.1 Oreo update brings in the new January 2018 security patch. Along with the upgraded security patch level, it carries bug-fixes that users have reported and performance refinements to give the best experience possible on supported devices.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel on Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 Official Update.
- Install Android Oreo on PC: How to Install Android 8.1 Oreo on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow based ROMs for the Pixel, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Google Pixel 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 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 Pixel to Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.