Here is how to manually install January 2019 Android 9.0 Pie firmware on original Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Starting off with 2019 software releases, original Pixel and Pixel XL are both receiving new January security-based updates. Within these builds are security changes, bug fixes and other improvements. Despite being multiple years old now, original Pixel smartphones should see continued software support throughout the year and should also be upgraded to next major Android revision. As it is always a good idea to have latest firmware running, we have drafted this guide which you can use to update immediately via the manual route.
Pixel, replacing the Nexus line, has been a great initiative by Google. The original Pixel wasn’t particularly popular but thanks to the amazing camera performance of the Pixel 2, it really got deserving traction. As was the case with older Nexus phones, Pixel series will see a good duration of software support. As mentioned, January 2019 firmware in particular, doesn’t bring any significant changes other than the new security definitions. Now, whether you are looking to use our guide to manually update and skip the OTA wait or you are using it to unroot your Pixel / Pixel XL, do make sure to backup all your data before you begin.
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Google Pixel / Pixel 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:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel on Android 9.0 Pie January 2019 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, visit our Custom ROMs page.
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:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel / Pixel XL to January 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.
Install Android 9.0 Pie January 2019 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 (January 2019) 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 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 or Pixel XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- sailfish-pq1a.190105.004-factory-fc5db1d4.zip – Google Pixel
- marlin-pq1a.190105.004-factory-2a6c1b27.zip – Google Pixel XL
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.