Owners of original Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can use this guide to install February Android 9.0 Pie security update. Despite being over 2 years old, Google is choosing to keep its original Pixel smartphones running latest software. As for the firmware itself, the changes mainly revolve around security updates and bug fixes. There are no feature changes, which is expected as those are reserved for major Android version upgrades such as upcoming Android Q. For updating Pixel or Pixel XL, use our manual procedure ahead to install official February Pie factory image.
As discussed, original Pixel phones have aged quite well. Currently, there is no need to resort to custom ROMs to get latest Android versions. However, root is a viable modification which many users adopt to extend functionality and improve performance. If you are already running root, our manual guide will help you update to latest stock firmware as OTA functionality gets broken when rooted. Before we dive into all the instructions, as with any other tutorial, we recommend you maintain a recent backup of all your data before beginning.
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 / Pixel 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 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, 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 February 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.
Install Android 9.0 Pie February 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 (February 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 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 or Pixel XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- sailfish-pq2a.190205.003-factory-164a7269.zip – Google Pixel
- marlin-pq2a.190205.003-factory-8a9a1ff8.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.