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Update Google Pixel / Pixel XL to September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie Factory Image

Arriving right after last month’s major upgrade, new September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie update is arriving for Google Pixel / Pixel XL which carries security fixes, initial bug-fixes and improvements. To upgrade your smartphone manually, you can continue reading this article for a full guide. Google smartphones are always first in line for software upgrades, similarly, they are also the first ones to receive monthly security updates. For September 2018’s update, the changes mostly relate to security changes, something users would not be able to notice directly. However, these builds are quite important and are recommended to be installed as soon as possible. Steps below will show how to manually install September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie build on original Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

Manual installation is the fastest way users can update to a new build. On top of releasing the update as an OTA file which arrives directly on the device, Google also uploads factory images which can be manually downloaded and installed. Further, this route also applies to smartphones that are running any sort of system modification such as a custom ROM, recovery. Ahead, we have linked all the required utilities along with the official download links for September 2018 update. Also, before changing firmwares, we always recommend to backup your data, for tips, read: how to backup all your data.

Install Android 9.0 Pie September 2018, 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 9.0 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:

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 phone 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 September 2018 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.

Install Android 9.0 Pie September 2018 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 9.0 Pie (September 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 9.0 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 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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