How to Sideload Android OTA Updates on Your Google Pixel!

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If you’re a Google Pixel smartphone user, you have multiple options to update your device to the latest patch or even the latest operating system. However, if you prefer to take matters into your own hands, you can sideload each OTA update on your Google Pixel. In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to sideload an OTA update on your Google Pixel.

How to Enable Developer Options

Before we begin, it’s important to ensure that you have Developer Options enabled on your Google Pixel. To do this:
1. Go to your device settings.
2. Scroll down and tap on “About phone.”
3. Tap the build number multiple times until a message confirms that Developer Options is enabled on your phone.
4. Go back to the main settings menu and tap on “System.”
5. Scroll down and tap on “Advanced.”
6. Tap on “Developer options.”
7. Scroll down to the debugging section and tap on “Allow USB debugging.”

Understanding OTA Updates

Before we dive into the sideloading process, let’s clarify the different types of updates you can install on your Android phone. Monthly or regular updates are incremental, while full updates are reserved for major releases. When you install an OTA update, it adds new files to your phone without resetting any app or system settings. If you want to revert to a previous Android version or OTA update, you will need a factory image.

Methods to Update Your Google Pixel

There are multiple methods to update your Google Pixel to the latest official Google OTA:
1. Wait for a notification: This is the slowest method, as you have to wait for your phone to receive a notification to download the update.
2. Check for updates manually: Go to Settings > System > System update and tap on “Check for updates.” This method is slightly faster, but it may still take some time before the files are fully available.
3. Sideloading an official OTA file: This is the quickest method to get the latest update on your Google Pixel. It requires access to a computer and the official OTA files for your specific device.

Sideloading an OTA Update on Your Google Pixel

To sideload an OTA update on your Google Pixel, follow these steps:

Step 1: Prepare Your Computer

  1. Install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your computer. You can download the latest platform tools zip file from the link in the description.
  2. Ensure the ADB drivers are properly installed. You can use the Universal ADB drivers from ClockworkMod or Nexus Tools from developer Corbyn Davenport to simplify the process.

Step 2: Obtain the Latest OTA Update File

  1. Visit the dedicated developer site for Google Pixel to find the official OTA files for your specific device. Make sure to choose the correct OTA file for your phone to avoid any issues.
  2. Download the OTA file to your computer.

Step 3: Boot Your Pixel into Recovery Mode

  1. Power off your Google Pixel.
  2. Hold down the power button and the volume down button simultaneously to enter the bootloader page.
  3. Use the volume buttons to navigate and scroll down to “Recovery mode.”
  4. Press the power button to select “Recovery mode.”
  5. On the recovery mode screen, scroll down and select “Apply update from ADB.”

Step 4: Sideloading the OTA Update

  1. Connect your Google Pixel to your computer using a USB cable.
  2. Open a command prompt or terminal window on your computer and navigate to the directory where you saved the platform tools file.
  3. Type the command adb devices to check if your Pixel is recognized and connected to your computer.
  4. If your device is recognized, enter the command adb sideload [filename] (replace [filename] with the name of the OTA zip folder you downloaded from Google).
  5. Wait for the sideload process to complete. This may take some time.
  6. If the process fails, you can try again. Sometimes, it may take multiple attempts.

Step 5: Reboot Your Pixel

  1. Once the OTA update is installed, you will be taken back to recovery mode.
  2. Select “Reboot now” using the power button.
  3. After your phone reboots, you should be updated with the latest OTA.

Verification and Additional Notes

To verify that the sideloading process was successful, go to Settings > About phone > Android version. The patch should indicate that you have successfully completed the process.

It’s important to note that this method is not limited to Google Pixel devices and can be used on many other Android phones and tablets. However, make sure to follow the instructions specific to your device manufacturer and model.

We hope this tutorial has helped you update your Google Pixel without any hassle. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below. While we cannot provide individual troubleshooting advice, we will do our best to assist you.

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