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Force Android Oreo OTA to Pixel or Nexus Devices

Force Android Oreo OTA to Pixel, Nexus or Android One: Android Oreo 8.0 has been officially released for many devices, including Pixel and Nexus devices, but it usually takes weeks before most of the devices get their updates. Even if you have an official device like the Pixel, Pixel XL, or Nexus, you will ultimately have to wait for a lot of days or weeks before you receive the update.

The owners of the Pixel, Pixel XL and Nexus devices also have the option of going to the Google’s developer site to download the factory images and then load the images by connecting the device to the computer using ADB and perform all the steps to update the device. This process requires knowledge of the commands needed, as well as the Android development suite to be installed to your computer. It consumes a lot of time and requires very tricky combinations for the device to accept the sideloaded content. You have to download the right image, sideload it to device and go through the process to update the device.

If this process doesn’t work, you have to start over or tis can even lead to a situation were you need to unbrick your phone.But for Android Oreo 8.0, there is a way to force the OTA update to your device. And it’s not by constantly taping on the “check for updates” option.

How to Force Android Oreo OTA to Pixel, Nexus or Android One Phones

Google has a beta program for Android. If you know about the Google’s Beta testing program, you would know that the users get their beta updates to their devices as soon as they are rolled out. If you un-enroll yourself, then Google will wipe out the beta version from your device and bring your device back t the stable version. Now, as the Beta version of Android Oreo 8.0 s the production version you can enroll yourself in this beta program for just a few moments to force the OTA update on your device. The device that are supported are the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C and a few Nexus devices.

Force Android Oreo OTA to Pixel or Nexus or Android One Devices

 

  1. Move to Android Beta enrollment page here: Android Beta Enrollment
  2. Sign in with your Google Account
  3. A list of your devices under that account that are eligible to receive the update will be mentioned.
  4. Select the Enroll Device button next to the device you want to update.
  5. Your device will tell you through a notification that you have an update, within a few seconds of selection through the website.
  6. Select the update to start it.
  7. As soon as the update starts, you can click on the button to un-enroll your device.  It will not end the update or roll you back, but it will stop you from getting beta versions of Android.

That’s it!  You’ve just updated your Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, or Nexus Device to the new version of Android – Android 8.0 Oreo!

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Adarsh Khubchandani

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