Following tutorial shows how to update Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones to February 2019 Android 9.0 Pie official firmware. Available for all Pixel devices, new February build brings in latest security patches, bug fixes and other improvements. For users looking to update their Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL smartphones, there are two ways. Either wait for the update to show up through OTA (Over-the-air) directly on your device or install immediately with the manual procedure listed within this article. Despite having minimal functional changes or feature additions, we recommend you install February 2019 Android 9 Pie build due to security improvements.
Adding to the benefits of manual installation, our guide also doubles up as an unroot Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL tutorial. Once you install February 2019 update manually, your phone will return to factory settings, be unrooted. Further, if you have a custom ROM, custom recovery or similar system modification, the manual procedure remains to be the only route to update to new official firmwares such as February 2019. Before heading further, it is advised to make a recent backup of device’s data just in case.
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 (TeamAndroid.com) 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 February 2019 Factory Image Details:
With new February 2019 updates, the main changes revolve around security and bug fixes. Despite no functional patches, new update should improve overall experience by refining existing features. Further, any errors or glitches that were reported by end users should’ve been fixed as well.
Meanwhile, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel 2 on Android 9.0 Pie February 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 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 February 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.
Install Android 9.0 Pie February 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 (February 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 February 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 February 2019 Oreo Factory Image for your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- walleye-pq2a.190205.002-factory-781881b5.zip – Google Pixel 2
- taimen-pq2a.190205.002-factory-5bf777e4.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.