Nexus 6P users can use this guide to update their device to Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 factory firmware. The Nexus 6P has aged quite nicely and Google has been gracious enough to give it extended period of software support. Unfortunately, Android 8.1 Oreo revision is the last official update that will be released by the brand. The next version, Android P, would not be arriving for this phone. However, this new build still packs some great changes which can enhance your experience.
Never tried manually flashing a firmware before? Well, you are in luck! We have detailed the whole process right ahead included with tips and tricks which will make it easier to implement. Before we actually start, do note that with each firmware release, there is a chance of your phone being reset to factory settings. To avoid losing anything important, take a look how to backup all your data. For Android users, in general, there are a lot of backup options, few of these have been added right here.
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Nexus 6P Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 Factory Image Details:
Here is a complete run down of all the new features and changes in Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 update:
There’s a whole host of changes that are accompanied with Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 build. Google has improved majority of its services like anomaly detection metrics, diskstats logging, lock screen performance and more. Further, in this build, you would find that the Call Forwarding UI has been tweaked as well.
For a full list of change log for April 2018 builds, you can find it here.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Nexus 6P on Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 Official Update.
- Install Android P on PC: How to Install Android P on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow based ROMs for the Nexus 6P, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Nexus 6P, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Nexus 6P 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 Nexus 6P 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 Nexus 6P to Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.