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Update Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL to January Pie Factory Image

Instructions below explain how to manually update Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL to new January 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory firmware. Arriving as the first security update for year 2019, this new build carries improvements and bug fixes. Rather than releasing smaller iterations like we saw years before, Google has moved on to these monthly updates for all its devices and AOSP as well. The single goal is to improve security but using the builds as an opportunity, there are often changes and improvement integrated within as well. To update your Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL, complete manual instructions along with official download link to January 2019 factory image have been listed ahead.

Pixel being a popular lineup of smartphones with developers, most devices generally get rooted, have custom ROMs flashed or are running other system modifications. These modification deem these certain devices ineligible for OTA(Over-the-air) update. But, users can still use the manual flashing procedure to update their devices. Not only update, manual flashing can also be used to return to factory settings or unroot your phone. Now, as we take you through the complete steps, make sure that you have first created a backup of all your data to avoid data looss.

Install Android 9.0 Pie January 2019, 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 9.0 Pie January 2019 Factory Image Details:

Integrating new security definitions, fixing bugs and implementing overall improvements were the goals with January 2019 security update and Google has achieved them all very well. Despite carrying no major change, users should definitely upgrade to January build to get the best out of their device.

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 January 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.

Install Android 9.0 Pie January 2019 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 (January 2019) 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 January 2019 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 January 2019 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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