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Google is already a household name when it comes to searching for, literally, anything and it does not stop here. Google Pixel smartphones are only following in the footsteps of Google search engine are very quickly it will be a name known by everyone. Google Pixel 2 XL is the latest flagship by the company and is going strong with all the updates that Google is releasing for its users. Android 8.1 Oreo OPM1 Firmware has been launched recently with the January security patch.

It is a given that whenever you want to flash factory image on your device, the bootloader has to be unlocked on your smartphone and same is the case with Google Pixel 2 XL. Users around the globe can easily check for the latest Android 8.1 Oreo OPM 1 Firmware using OTA system update and install the said update in their devices. This update will bring many improvements, bug fixes, smooth running and all the Android Oreo features.

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You can now update Google Pixel 2/2XL can now update their devices to Android 8.1 Oreo OPM 1 Firmware with latest security patch upgrade by following the simple yet handy guide on the topic. The update won’t be received by all the mobile phones around the globe, hence this tutorial so that the impatient ones can also get their hands on one of the most anticipated Android factory image so far. Let’s have a look at the prerequisites for the installation process which are must have in your Google Pixel 2 / 2XL devices.

Pre-requisites to Install Android 8.1 Oreo OPM 1 Firmware January Security Patch to update Google Pixel 2/2XL:

To update your phone to the latest Android 8.0 Oreo OPR1 factory image, you need to have the following.

USB Drivers:

Google Pixel 2/2XL USB drivers should be installed and running on your system. You should have the latest version of these drivers.

Backup:

There is always a chance that you might lose all your data, especially when something goes wrong during the updating process. So, it is imperative that you make a backup of all your data including contacts, files, calendar events etc.

Unlock Bootloader:

If your bootloader is not unlocked, you will lose all your data. To ensure that your data remains intact, you should unlock your bootloader beforehand.

ADB & Fastboot:

Make sure you have ADB and Fastboot installed and configured on your device.

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Things to Remember: 

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel, we are not sure that it might work on any other phone or other variants of Google Pixel.
  • Before starting off with the tutorial, you should first read each step very carefully.
  • USB debugging mode must be enabled.
  • OEM unlocking should be done on the device before hand.

Complete Instructions to Update Google Pixel 2/2XL with Android 8.0 Oreo OPR1 Factory Image update:

Step 1: Start with downloading the Download Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image Factory Image  (walleye-opm1.171019.013-factory-56e2f2dc.zip) for Google Pixel 2 and (taimen-opm1.171019.014-factory-2e06f724.zip) for Google Pixel 2 XL.

Step 2: Connect your PC to your Pixel via USB Cable.

Step 3: Ensure the installation and configuration of the ADB Fastboot on your PC.

Step 4: Turn your Google Pixel off and turn it in back on into the bootloader mode. To do so, press and hold the power button along with both Volume up as well as the volume down button. Keep on holding till you see a start on the top of the screen.

Step 5: Once you have extracted the downloaded files on your system, you need to go the  walleye-OPM1 for Google Pixel 2 and taimen-OPM1 for Google pixel 2 XL. It does not matter where you extract the files, as long as they are extracted on your computer.

Step 6- Now copy all the files in the above-mentioned folder and paste them in the fastboot directory. If you have set up your fastboot directory using our tutorial, there is a high possibility that the platform-tools folder located in the SDK directory of your Android is the fastboot directory.

Step 7- Perform the following steps from the factory image files located in the fastboot directory.

Linux: Run file “flash-all.sh
Mac: Run file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
Windows: Run file “flash-all.bat”.

That is all for now, you should wait for the process to finish. Once done, your phone will reboot again and it might take about 5 minutes to start. So, hold your horses. After that, you are good to go.

That’s how you Update Google Pixel 2/2XL with an easy tutorial as above. 

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