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Install Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 on Google Pixel XL Factory Image

Find ahead a complete step by step guide on how to manually update Google Pixel XL to Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 factory image. The original Pixel XL, even after being succeeded with the Pixel 2 XL, still gets monthly builds from Google and should also be receiving this year’s major Android version upgrade. For installation of the latest Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 factory image, you can read our guide ahead. This latest update brings new security definitions, couple of new features and performance improvements. As this is an official firmware, Google is pushing the image over the air as well. If you don’t find it directly on your phone, use our manual instructions to update your Google Pixel XL. Before you proceed towards the steps, make sure your bootloader is unlocked, if not read our guide on how to unlock your bootloader first before continuing and 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 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 Developer Preview on Google Pixel XL

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Pixel XL Android 8.1 Oreo Feb 2018 Factory Image Details:

The update isn’t a major one but it does include few useful features and additions:

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 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:

Download Google Pixel 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 XL to Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.

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