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Install March 2019 Google Pixel / Pixel XL Android Pie Factory Image

This article lists all the steps needed to manually install March 2019 Android 9.0 Pie update on Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Within this new update, there are changes directed towards improving overall security and reliability. As the firmware is part of a monthly update schedule, changes it carries aren’t major but important nonetheless. Further, if you are looking to return to factory settings after rooting or modifying the software on your Pixel, this guide works perfectly for that as well. We have, ahead, linked complete March 2019 Pie factory image along with steps to flash it manually using fastboot utility.

Pixel line was originally released couple of years back. After being succeeded by Pixel 2 and recently, Pixel 3, Google hasn’t dropped software support for it. Further, it is expected that original Pixel and Pixel XL phones would receive Android Q — when it comes out — officially. Scenarios in which manually flashing March 2019 factory image would be useful include when you have rooted your device, have a custom ROM installed or are unable to get the OTA update directly. In these cases, manual steps listed ahead work with any Google Pixel / Pixel XL smartphone regardless if its system has been modified. Recommended before starting any firmware install, make sure to always backup your data.

Install Android 9.0 Pie March 2019, 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 (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 March 2019 Factory Image Details:

Pushed with March 2019 official firmware release are changes to security definitions, performance improvements and other bug fixes. For Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL specifically, Google has patched in updates to the Camera app which improve its startup and responsiveness.

Also addressed is the issue where OTA system shows that Latest Updates have been already installed even when the device is running dated firmware.

With new March 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:

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 March 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.

Install Android 9.0 Pie March 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 (March 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 March 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 March 2019 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.

Step 6 – Now extract the downloaded file anywhere in your computer. Go to the folder sailfish-March 2019 and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.

Note: If you followed our tutorial on setting up Fastboot on your computer, there is a 99% chance your Fastboot directory will be the platform-tools folder in your Android SDK directory.

Step 7 – From the factory image files in your Fastboot directory, do the following depending which OS you are on:

  • On Windows: Run the file “flash-all.bat”.
  • On Mac: Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
  • On Linux: Run the file “flash-all.sh”.

Step 8 – That’s pretty much that you had to do for flashing the stock factory image on your Pixel. Now wait and watch as the process is completed — or follow the on-screen instructions on your phone if in case you have to unlock the bootloader.

Step 9 – After the installation completes, the phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!

That’s it! Your Pixel smartphone should now have the official Android 9.0 Pie March 2019 software update installed on your phone using the stock factory image from Google! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

ROOT TUTORIAL: How to Root Pixel on Android 9.0 Pie March 2019 Official Update.

Backup and Other Important Tips

Please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

Have fun playing with the new Android 9.0 Pie firmware. All the instructions are clearly given above, but if you have any issues, please let us know through Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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