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Install Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 Update on Google Pixel 2 XL

With the instructions ahead, update your Google Pixel 2 XL to latest Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 firmware. Loyal Nexus / Pixel smartphone users would already know that Google usually releases monthly software updates for all supported devices. The new Android 8.1 Oreo firmware comes as an update for the month of February 2018. A new security definition, unlocked visual core for developers, AR stickers and performance improvements are the changes included in this iterative update. This update is currently being pushed to all Pixel 2 XL phones but due to regional differences, some users might get it later than others. However, you can immediately update your Pixel 2 XL with our guide ahead. We assume that you have already unlocked bootloader on your Google Pixel 2 smartphone. Step by step procedure for how to update Google Pixel 2 XL to Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 build given ahead.

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 Feb 2018 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 2 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.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018, Google Pixel 2 XL

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Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 Factory Image Details:

As discussed before, the new Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 factory image does come with a set of new features and changes. Here is a detailed run down for all of them:

New February 2018 security patch has been bundled in with the new Android 8.1 Oreo update release. For newer devices like Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, this update unlocks Visual Core to be utilized by developers in their own apps. Further, this update also adds Augmented Reality (AR) stickers which interact with the real world and with themselves through the stock camera app. Performance improvements and bug fixes have also been incorporated.

Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:

If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel 2 XL, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Google Pixel 2 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 2 XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel 2 XL USB drivers!

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 2 XL to Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.

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