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Update Google Pixel / Pixel XL to Android 9 Pie Factory Image

Follow this guide to manually update Google Pixel / Pixel XL to Android 9 Pie official firmware. After multiple rounds of Developer Previews, Android 9 Pie has arrived as a final release available to all Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Coming from Android 8.1 Oreo, this release is quite a major one. There are loads of changes, new features and improvements. The ones which immediately stand out include a new navigation system, better performance and refined design. To test these features out directly, install Android 9 Pie on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL using our manual procedure listed right ahead.

We know many enthusiasts choose Google devices so that they can enjoy fast software updates and rightly so. Android 9 Pie is the second major overhaul these smartphones are receiving. Originally shipped with Nougat, users would be joyous to note that Google isn’t discontinuing support anytime soon. Coming to the update itself, Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are eligible to receive Android 9 Pie as an OTA package directly on the device. However, if you have root running, a custom recovery / ROM installed or any other similar modification, you would be needed to follow the manual Android 9 Pie installation steps ahead to update your Google Pixel or Pixel XL.

Install Android 9 Pie, Google Pixel / 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 ( 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 / Pixel XL Android 9 Pie Factory Image Details:

This release is a major version change for Android. Almost everything has been tweaked and refined. On top of improving what is already available, Android 9 Pie adds further features. If you want a detailed run-down as to what’s changed, we suggest you head on over to our Android 9 Pie new feature list article.

It is no doubt that Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are now older smartphones. However, with software releases like these, users would be happy to keep them around for couple of years longer.

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 / Pixel XL.

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

Download Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel / Pixel XL to Android 9 Pie factory image.

Install Android 9 Pie on Google Pixel / Pixel 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 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 / Pixel XL 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 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 or Pixel XL 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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