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Update Google Pixel to Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 System Update

You can update your Google Pixel – first generation – smartphone to latest Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 factory image. Even though the smartphone has been replaced by a newer iteration, Google is still releasing new software updates for it. The new Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 brings improvements and other changes. The primary function of this release is to push the latest April 2018 security patch but, as always, Google has used this opportunity to fix bugs, introduce performance improvements and more. All of these changes, you can check out for yourself by installing Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 on your Google Pixel with the manual procedure ahead.

For users looking to use the manual route for updating their Google Pixel, we have made sure our guide is easy to follow and we have went ahead and included few tips & tricks as well. It is a good idea before doing any system modification that you store your data in a safe place. For multiple options and a complete procedure we have a dedicated article on how to backup all your data. While the manual procedure for updating Google Pixel to Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 has its benefits, it unfortunately wipes your phone back to factory settings.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018, Google Pixel

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 ( 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 😉

Google Pixel Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 Factory Image Details:

New Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 update is primarily focused on security definitions however there are other accompanying changes which are mentioned below:

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:

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:

Download Google Pixel USB drivers!


All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel to April 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 on Google Pixel Using Official Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install the official Android 8.1 Oreo (April 2018) on Pixel using the factory image provided by Google. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to playing around with official factory images by Google for their Nexus devices.

Please make sure your phone fulfills all the requirements and you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel and we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel on other carriers.
  • Your phone can be on any previous Android version or even on a custom ROM. It doesn’t matter at all. This tutorial will still work for installing Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • Enjoy Android 8.1 Oreo on your device and let us know your review about it!

NOTE: Installing Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 factory image will WIPE / DELETE / ERASE everything from your phone even if your bootloader is still locked or already unlocked. Please make sure you have a backup of all the data. Read: How to Backup Android Apps and Other Data.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image ( for Pixel on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect your Pixel to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Please make sure Fastboot is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.

Step 4 – Turn OFF your phone.

Step 5 – Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your phone. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

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