A new month means a new factory image from Google. With the guide ahead, manually flash March 2019 Android 9.0 Pie firmware on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL as well. The whole philosophy behind releasing new builds each month is to improve security and reliability. Each time, there are new security patches that are integrated within Android to make it more secure. Taking it as an opportunity, Google has also managed to integrate few functional improvements as well, this time around. As detailed in the change-log, Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL devices should now have a more responsive and faster Camera app as compared to before. If your device hasn’t been able to receive the new firmware update via OTA, you can directly download and install March 2019 Android Pie complete factory image from the instructions below.
There are few scenarios in which your device is not eligible to get OTA updates. These include, when the device has been rooted, it’s running a custom ROM or any other such system modification has been made. Rather than completely disallowing modified devices to restore themselves to stock firmware, Google allows users to download complete factory images which then can be flashed manually regardless of the device’s current state. Using this, we have detailed instructions ahead to manually install March 2019 update on Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL smartphones. Before we jump in to the details, make sure to generate a complete backup of your device.
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 3 / Pixel 3 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.
Further, you should also check out the following articles:
- Root Tutorial: How to Root Pixel 3 on Android 9.0 Pie March 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 3, visit our Custom ROMs page.
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Pixel 3, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 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 3 / Pixel 3 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 3 / Pixel 3 XL to March 2019 Android 9.0 Pie factory image.
Install Android 9.0 Pie March 2019 on Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 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 3 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 3.
Just To Remember:
- This tutorial is only for Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL and we are not sure if it will work on the other variants of the Pixel 3 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 3 or Pixel 3 XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- blueline-pq2a.190305.002-factory-b8869812.zip – Google Pixel 3
- crosshatch-pq2a.190305.002-factory-dc7e9ca4.zip – Google Pixel 3 XL
Step 2 – Connect your Pixel 3 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 3. 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 3 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 3 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.