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Update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to Android 9 Pie

Use the following guide to update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to official Android 9 Pie factory image. Google had been developing Android 9 for quite some time. After completing numerous developer preview releases and building on feedback, finally, a stable release firmware is available which can be installed on all supported devices. If you didn’t test out any Preview build, you are in for a treat! Android 9 Pie has been fitted with some major changes and lots of new features. Being a stable update, your phone should be receiving Android 9 Pie as an OTA image. If not, you can read our manual update guide ahead to install Android 9 Pie to Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL.

Android 9 Pie has been a welcome upgrade to Android as a whole. It builds on what the most used mobile platform had already achieved. Further, changes like natural navigation through gestures, adaptive tools and emphasis on performance do make Android Pie the greatest release yet. As we previously stated, Developer Preview program had been around for months which means by now, all bugs have been addressed and users should be able to experience the upgrade reliably. Before we proceed, it is recommended you backup your apps and user data just in-case. Ahead, follow instructions to manually update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL.

Install Android 9 Pie, 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 9 Pie Factory Image Details:

Android 9 Pie is available for all Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. It brings detailed changes to Android core such as new navigation methods, layouts and more. If you want a detailed insight, you can head on to our what’s new with Android 9 Pie article.

We don’t blame you if you skipped out on all the previous developer builds, just use the following instructions to update your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to stable and final Android 9 Pie firmware.

If interested, you should also check out the following Android Pie related posts:

Take a look at the highlight features from Android Pie right ahead:

  • New Navigation System
  • MessagingStyle and other notification updates
  • ImageDecoder for bitmaps and drawables
  • Data cost sensitivity in JobScheduler
  • Display cutout APIs
  • Dual Camera APIs
  • Slices
  • Adaptive Controls

The build is a developer preview which means, users wont be able to get it through the air. Rather they would have to manually install the complete Android Pie Beta package from the link right ahead.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL.

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 Piehone 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 Android 9 Pie factory image.

Install Android 9 Pie 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 9 Pie (June 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.

Update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to Android 9 Pie 9

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 9 Pie.
  • Enjoy Android 9 Pie on your device and let us know your review about it!

NOTE: Installing Android 9 Pie 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 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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