How to Install Android O Developer Preview on Nexus and Pixel devices

Google has recently launched the Android O version to developers for testing and feedback. It came as a surprise to all of us as we had no rumors, leaks, clues about that Android version.

Developers could use Android Studio to easily get their hands on the Android O version. But how about the public testers? Could they get the Android O on their device? The answer is definitely Yes. If you want to experience this version, you can now download and install it on your Android devices. Here’s you can do that.

But before starting the process, you need to meet some certain pre-requirements:

  • The Android O currently just supports for Google Pixel and Nexus devices, including: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C, so don’t try it if you have none of them.
  • Your device has already been enrolled in the Android Beta Program.
  • Google says that the first preview could cause some bugs and be unstable for regular users as it is advised for the developers. So install only if you’re ready to take your own risks.
  • You also have to unlock bootloader your device to install this developer preview.
  • The process will format all your data, so make sure that you already make a full backup.
  • You must have ADB and fastboot correctly installed on your computer.

Also read: How to Make Backup of your Android Data

Once you meet all the requirements, let’s take a look at the steps to flash Android O on your handset.

Steps to Install Android O

Pixel | Pixel XL | Pixel C

  • Once the system image file is downloaded, extract it. You will then see the files you have to flash, including the bootloader, radio, and the system image.
  • Now reboot your device into bootloader mode by first powering off your device completely, and then holding the Volume Down and Power at a same time until you see the bootloader mode.
  • Plug your Nexus/Pixel device to the PC using USB Type-C/ Micro USB cable
  • Go to the folder you extracted the preview image, then press SHIFT key while right-clicking on an blank space to open command window (cmd).
  • Now, enter fastboot devices to make sure that the device is connected properly. If not, you have to reinstall the driver on your computer
  • Once your device detected, type in cmd: “fastboot flash bootloader <filename.img>” (replace “<filename.img>” with the bootloader file name. For instance: “fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-angler-angler-03.64.img”)
  • Enter: “fastboot reboot-bootloader” to reboot your device.
  • Now, flash the radio by typing in : “fastboot flash radio <filename.img>” and remember to replace the radio file name.
  • Next, enter: “fastboot -w update <system-image.zip>” to flash the system file name. You must replace “<system-image.zip>”. For example: fastboot -w update image-angler-opp1.170223.012.zip
  • Wait for the flashing process to finish.
  • Once done, type in: “fastboot reboot” to reboot your device

Congratulation! Now you have successfully installed Android O on your device. Finish the setup process and experience the latest Android version.

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