How to downgrade from Android Oreo to Nougat

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Finally much waiting and several developer preview test builds, Google has announced the Android Oreo update with Android version 8.0. The update has been made available for download for a variety of Pixel and Nexus devices, and if you’re someone like us, chances are that you’ve already installed the Oreo update on your compatible Android device.

However, as is always the case with freshly released software updates, they are not 100% bug-free. And even when these builds are free of issues, there are always chances of incompatibility with apps on your phone because newer Android versions often bring newer APIs and deprecate some of the old ones, making some apps incompatible with the latest Android release.

For those of you who installed the Android Oreo update and are now facing issues with the new Android version. You might wanna consider downgrading from Android Oreo to Nougat (7.1.2) on your Pixel or Nexus device.

‘Android Oreo 8.0 update: When will my device get it’

To downgrade from Oreo to Nougat on your Pixel or Nexus device, you need to install/flash the Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory image to your device. This requires that you’ve an unlocked bootloader on your phone. Also, know that all data on your phone will be wiped upon flashing the factory image for Android Nougat, so make sure that you backup every important file on the before flashing the factory image.

Note: At the time of this writing, Android Oreo update is only available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player. And hence, this page covers downgrade method for these devices only.

Download Android 7.1.2 Nougat

How to downgrade from Oreo to Nougat

  1. Download the Android 7.1.2 Nougat factory image specific for your device to your PC, then unzip it to a separate folder.
  2. Setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
  3. Enable USB debugging on your device.
  4. Connect your device to the PC with a USB cable.
  5. Open a command prompt window on your PC, and issue the following to boot your device into bootloader mode:
    adb reboot bootloader

    └ You might get a prompt on your device to “Allow USB Debugging”, select Yes/Ok/Allow.

  6. Run/execute the flash-all.bat script from the files we extracted in Step 1.

That’s all. Hope you were able to downgrade from Android Oreo to Nougat on your Pixel or Nexus phone following our step-by-step guide above.

6 comments
  1. how would one go about unlocking the bootloader? i have tried the normal methods but its failing on the final command ‘./fastboot flashing unlock’. Help would be appreciated

  2. This is missing a fair bit of information.

    If you explicitly follow these instructions, you will not be able to downgrade without running into errors

  3. Hey Just a heads up you guys got the firmware confused. I just downloaded the Pixel XL firmware and it for the normal Pixel. Sailfish is Pixel and Marlin is XL

  4. Question… I bought the phone from Verizon, then after contract expired, switched over to Fi. So do I get the Verizon version or the Fi? I’m guessing Verizon, is there a way to know for sure? Does it depend on initial hardware configuration or current carrier’s SIM?

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