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Update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to July 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image

Right ahead users would be able to find complete steps for manually updating Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to July 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo official firmware. Each month, Google piles in all security updates to one single package which is referred to as the security patch. To apply all the security changes, the brand further comes up with firmware updates that carry this security patch and push them to all supported devices. Pixel 2 lineup is fairly new and is expected to see software support for multiple years to come. If you want to instantly install July 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo factory image on your device, do so by following the steps ahead.

More often than not, these maintenance / security update builds also arrive with bug-fixes and improvements. This time around, the case remains the same. If you were noticing any unusual bugs on your Pixel 2 device, be sure to update to July 2018 firmware. As discussed, ahead we will take users through complete process of manual installation. But before that, it is vital to ensure that all user data has been backed up. For tips and complete steps, read: how to backup all your data.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo July 2018, Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 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 ( 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 2 / Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 Oreo July 2018 Factory Image Details:

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

Latest July 2018 factory image is arriving on supported devices with updated security definitions to make the overall Android experience reliable. Further, Google has patched in bug fixes along with performance improvements as well.

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 2, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.

Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 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 2 / Pixel 2 XL properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to July 2018 Android 8.1 Oreo factory image.

Install Android 8.1 Oreo July 2018 on Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL 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 (July 2018) on Pixel 2 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 2.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL and we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel 2 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 July 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 July 2018 Oreo Factory Image for your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect your Pixel 2 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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