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!
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 😉
NOTE: This is the end of road for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. The have been discontinued by Google and will not be getting any more Android updates.
How to Install Android 10 on Google Pixel / Pixel XL
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.
- sailfish-qp1a.190711.020-factory-0bb95222.zip – Google Pixel
- marlin-qp1a.190711.020-factory-2db5273a.zip – Google Pixel XL
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.
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