With the Android Oreo still in the rollout phase for many devices, not to mention some flagships — we’re looking at you, Galaxy Note 8 — Google is already enticing us with the release of Android P. Last week we saw the release of the first Developer preview for Android 9.0 which is exclusive to the Google Pixel lineup of devices, and it sent the Android fans into a feeding frenzy.
But now that a week has passed and the storm has calmed down, it is easy to see the reasons why you wouldn’t want to stick to Android P for now. If you’ve had your fun and want to go back a much more stable Android 8.1 Oreo version for your Pixel device, here’s how you can downgrade from Android P to Oreo.
Related: How to install Android P
How to rollback from Android P to Oreo easily
Things you will need:
- Factory images for your Pixel device (see downloads section right below)
- Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool installed
- USB Debugging option enabled on the device
Download Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Images
How to downgrade from Android P to Oreo
Since you’ve flashed Android P Developer preview already, you must have the bootloader unlocked already.
- Download and unzip the Factory Image file for your specific Pixel device in the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool folder.
- Open the terminal window on your computer, connect your Pixel device via USB and type in the following code – adb reboot bootloader
- Once the device reboots into bootloader mode, run/execute the flash-all.bat file that you had earlier extracted from the Factory Image file.
→ This will wipe everything on the device. And that is needed too otherwise the rollback won’t be without issues (if you keep data). So, have an appropriate backup.
The flashing process will now begin, during which time your Pixel device will reboot multiple times. Once the process is completed, your Google Pixel phone will be back on Android 8.1 Oreo for good.