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How to Download Android 11 on Pixel

Download Android 11 on Pixel
Written by Hassan Abbas

Download Android 11 on Pixel: A developer preview is the new version of Android is available, called Android 11. Also, Google explicitly says that only developers should install it. But many of us want to view what the company is planning for the next huge update. Maybe it set to be launched certainly this summer.

This is a developer preview and there are some missing features and bugs. So that you can’t expect a fully working experience. But if you are curious about what’s next. Then here’s how to download Android 11 on Pixel. Also, answers some questions you may have.

What phones support Android 11 Developer Preview?

Pixel:

  • 4 XL
  • 4
  • 3 XL
  • 3
  • 3a
  • 3a XL
  • 2
  • 2 XL

How to Download Android 11 Developer Preview on Pixel

However, to flash the Android 11 developer preview, you’ll need to flash the factory image. Public beta versions launched later on in the year. Also, you’ll use Google’s Android Beta program which streamlines a lot of the work.

Before we go through the steps of sideloading Android updates. We strongly suggest that you have earlier knowledge of working with the Android SDK. Also, it is possible to harm your device if something went wrong in the whole process.

Install the Android SDK:

Or if you want to install the Android SDK you can then grab it from the Android Development website. Also, follow their instructions on how to install it perfectly. For the following process, you just want adb and fastboot files located in the Platform Tools folder. But make sure to read the description at the dev site and grab the right download.

Also, all the commands are written the same as it is in Terminal on a Linux or OS X platform. If you are following this tutorial and using a Windows machine. Then you’ll not need to use the “./” seen in the article. Simply type the rest of the command line by line as they are listed and you’ll be good.

Enable developer settings and USB debugging

Follow the steps carefully to allow developer settings and USB debugging:

Step 1:

Move to your Settings then move down to About Phone/Tablet.

Step 2:

Click on the Build number seven times until the dialog box appears and says now you are a developer.

Step 3:

Move back to the Settings menu and you should find a new choice called Developer options. Click into the Developer options.

Step 4:

Also, it ensures that the developer options are turned on and that USB debugging is checked on.

Step 5:

Plug your device into your PC and click “OK” on the dialog box asking you to Allow USB debugging while attached to the PC. You can also choose to always allow access to that PC.

Once done correctly, this will be everything you will need to do on your phone or tablet for the moment.

Unlocking your bootloader

Pixel phones come from Google directly have a bootloader you can unlock. If you like to manually flash software, you’ll need to do this.

Initially boot into your bootloader. You can also manually turn off your phone or tablet and hold down the power button and the volume down button simultaneously. Just to input your device’s Bootloader Menu or you can input the following commands into your terminal or command prompt.

Run the following command to ensures that your device is properly attached to your PC. If it returns a string of characters it means that you are all set to begin updating your device.

./adb devices

Now input into the Bootloader menu just run the following command.

./adb reboot bootloader

At the bottom of the screen, there will be many things listed including the lock state of the device. However, It says locked unless you have unlocked your bootloader in the previous and never went back and locked it again.

To unlock your bootloader, which is needed only when flashing a stock firmware image. Also, you must input the following commands. Make sure that while unlocking your phone’s bootloader it will factory reset your device. So that you will lose everything stored on it. If you have not yet recover anything important on your device you can press the power button while Start is highlighted in the Bootloader menu. However, this will boot you back into your device as normal. Now go back to unlocking your bootloader.

Now type:

./fastboot flashing unlock

A dialog appears on the device asking if you are sure about unlocking. Also, this will factory reset your device, so if you like to back out of the process you just need to choose no with the power button. If you are ready to unlock your bootloader then hit the volume up button and then the power button simultaneously to confirm that you like to unlock your bootloader.

./fastboot reboot-bootloader

Simply reboot the bootloader to provide itself a check to ensure everything is working perfectly before moving on to the next step.

Flashing the Factory Image

Now your bootloader is unlocked, it’s time to flash the latest firmware. To find the images, move to the Android 11 Factory Images page, find your device, and install the latest image. It is simplest to then uncompress the file in the Platform Tools folder you installed. So that you don’t have to input the path to the various files while flashing the firmware.

To start, ensure that you are still in the bootloader menu on your device. Also, double-check your bootloader is in fact unlocked. If you’re not in the bootloader menu, you can then use the ./fastboot reboot-bootloader the command to reboot there.

Commands for Flashing Factory Image:

Initially, make sure that your PC is communicating correctly with your phone or tablet. Whenever your device’s serial number comes back as an attached device you are ready to begin updating your device.

./fastboot devices

Once you verify that the phone and the PC can communicate the way they need to, you can get to flashing.

  • Simply navigate to the directory on your PC where you’ve extracted the factory image files.
    • As stated above, it’s best to uncompress them to the Platform Tools folder.
  • Use the flash-all a command to start flashing the firmware.
    • On a Mac, use flash-all.sh.
    • On a Windows machine, use flash-all.bat.

If that command fails for some reason, you’ll need to flash the various components manually.

First, simply flash the updated bootloader with the following command.

./fastboot flash bootloader [bootloader file].img

You can’t view anything on the screen of your device but there should be a dialog in your terminal or command prompt. Once done flashing the bootloader you should reboot back into the bootloader to make sure everything is still working correctly.

./fastboot reboot-bootloader

Next, you flash the updated radios. This step is important if you are updating the firmware of a phone or tablet that has cellular radios built into it.

./fastboot flash radio [radio file].img

./fastboot reboot-bootloader

At last, it’s time to flash the actual system image to your phone or tablet.

Warning: The following line of code will clean your device.

./fastboot -w update [image file].zip

Once done, your phone will restart itself and boot up normally. As this process wipes all data from your device, it will take time for your device to boot up for the first time. Once you have been welcome with the device setup walkthrough process. Then you know you have successfully flashed the latest version of the firmware.

That’s it! After installing data, your phone should reboot and you’ll welcome the latest Android 11.

When will Android 11 Launch as a Public Beta?

Google launched a public beta of its new Android versions at Google I/O for the previous few years. Also, Google I/O 2020 is coming up May 12-14 that is based on Google’s own timeline. However, it seems like that will be the case again.

The final version will be launched in Q3. Also, overall there will be 3 developer previews and 3 betas.

Conclusion:

Here’s all about “Download Android 11 on Pixel”. For further queries and questions let us know in the comments section below!

Till then! Peace Out 🙂

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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