Here is exactly how Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices can be updated to most recent September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie official update. Last month, Google unveiled Android Pie to the public and now, it is releasing first ever maintenance update for it. Included in latest September 2018 build are multiple changes which all relate to security and better reliability of the system. Seeing how the brand just released a major overhaul, we don’t expect to see functional changes. Regardless, use our guide ahead to update your Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie update using official factory images.
Users should be able to see this firmware pop-up directly on their device. However, for devices that have been rooted, are running a custom ROM, custom recovery or have any other such system modification, they would be required to have September 2018 build flashed manually. Thankfully, full step-by-step instructions are listed right ahead. Before we proceed further, do read: how to backup all your data as with any system change, there is a risk of data loss — factory reset.
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Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL Android 9.0 Pie September 2018 Factory Image Details:
On top of the long list of changes we saw in Android 9.0 major upgrade arriving last month, September 2018 build carries bug-fixes, security enhancements and more.
These monthly builds usually carry source-code changes that address any loopholes or errors rather than introduce a variety of new features. Further, these updates sometimes do often ship with functionality issues that users reported so for users experiencing any software glitches on older builds, they should try out new September 2018 security update.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel 2 on Android 9.0 Pie September 2018 Official Update.
- Install Android Pie: How to Install Android 9.0 Pie on Computer.
- Custom ROMs: For the complete collection of Marshmallow based ROMs for the Pixel 2, visit our Custom ROMs page.
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:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.
Install Android 9.0 Pie September 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 9.0 Pie (September 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 9.0 Pie.
- Enjoy Android 9.0 Pie on your device and let us know your review about it!
NOTE: Installing Android 9.0 Pie September 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 September 2018 Oreo Factory Image for your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- walleye-ppr2.180905.005-factory-4895938f.zip – Google Pixel 2
- taimen-ppr2.180905.005-factory-c21252d4.zip – Google Pixel 2 XL
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.