Here is a detailed and complete article on how to update Google Pixel to Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 monthly system update. The Pixel we are referring to in this article is the original one launched in 2016. Even though we have the device’s successor, Google still has the original Pixel on its supported devices list. For those wondering, the new Android 8.1 Oreo system update comes as a part of the monthly releases by Google to make sure of security. Along with February 2018’s security definitions, the update also brings changes like AR stickers, performance improvements and bug fixes. Before we get to the actual procedure, make sure you have unlocked the bootloader on your Pixel. 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 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 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 Feb 2018 Factory Image Details:
New Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 update is primarily focused on security definitions however there are other accompanying changes which are mentioned below:
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:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel on Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 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.