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Install Stable Android 10 Google Pixel / Pixel XL Factory Image

Learn how to update your Google Pixel and Pixel XL to Android 10 official update. Original Google Pixel, despite being more than 2 years old, is getting updated to latest Android 10. Within the new Android version, there is a lot that has changed. Google has introduced numerous new functional features, performance enhancements and more! While the update is official and is arriving through OTA(Over-the-air) update system, there is a chance your device hasn’t still received it or you are running root / custom ROM, in that case, implement our manual procedure ahead that lets you immediately install Android 10 on Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

With firmware updates, a complete backup of phone data is important so make sure you do that before proceeding. For the install procedure, we will be using Fastboot utility to flash official Android 10 firmware. This method works across all unlocked original Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones regardless if they are running custom software or any older official Android build. Lastly, we will recommend to first go through the complete guide before implementing in order to understand the steps better!

Install Android 10, 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 10 Factory Image Details:

Android 10 was first tested thoroughly in an exhaustive Beta program. If you haven’t used any of the Betas before and would be jumping straight from Android Pie, there would numerous changes that you would immediately notice. Here are some of the highlight features from Android 10:

  • Dark Theme (System wide Dark Mode)
  • Project Mainline (Updates through Play Store)
  • Users will have more control over location / GPS
  • Improved privacy protections in Android 10
  • Support for fold-able and innovative new screens
  • Sharing Shortcuts, Settings Panels and a lot more!

To read more about the full announcements in Android Q Beta 1, make sure you read our post.

Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB Drivers

You will need to connect the Google Pixel or Pixel XL with the computer – Windows, Mac or Linux. For that, please make sure you have installed the correct USB drivers for these phones 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 Beta 1 Android Q factory image.

Install Stable Android 10 on Google Pixel / Pixel XL Using Official Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 10 official firmware on Google Pixel / Pixel XL 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 on the Pixel phones.

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 Google Pixel.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones.
  • 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 10.

NOTE: Installing Android 10 stable 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 Android 10 factory image for your Pixel or Pixel XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel / Pixel XL 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-qp1a or marlin-qp1a 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 Android Q Beta 1 factory image on your Google Pixel / Pixel XL. 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 Google Pixel phone should now have official Android 10 software update installed! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

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.

That’s all there is! We have tried to explain the whole process in as much detail as we can. For more helpful guides like these, do follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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