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Update Google Pixel XL to April 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image

Complete step-by-step tutorial for how you can install newest Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 factory image on Google Pixel XL. The last generation Pixel XL smartphone has aged quite well and thanks to Google’s continued software support, the phone will remain to provide a formidable experience for its customers. The latest Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 build brings a number of changes. Starting with the April 2018 security patch, this firmware adds bug fixes and performance improvements. Fortunately, with our manual procedure, you can try it out immediately on your own Pixel XL.

The update is just starting to roll out to regions through the OTA (Over-the-air) update system but as with all releases, not all regions and users would be able to see it at the same time. If you haven’t received it yet, your best bet is to use our manual guide ahead in order to update your Pixel XL to Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 firmware. Now, before heading on, we would like you to make sure all of your data is safe, if you want to know more about backup, read our article on how to backup all your data. A system update, regardless of the number / type of changes, when flashed manually, wipes your phone back to factory settings hence you would be at risk of losing all your precious data.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo April 2018 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 April 2018 Factory Image Details:

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

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 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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