Google has started the Android 14 development journey, and users can enjoy several valuable features, including the ability to grant permissions to individual files instead of entire galleries, predictive undo, and native app cloning. However, the OS is currently only available to Pixel users, and it may take several months before it becomes available to the public. However, interested users can queue up and enjoy the latest operating system using a generic system image. In this guide, you will learn how to download and install Android 14 GSI ROM.
Installing a GSI (Generic System Image) ROM on your Android device is a great way to experience the latest Android version before it is officially available for your device. Android 14 has been a highly anticipated update, with its new features and enhancements. With the release of Android 14, Google has started the development journey, and users with Pixel devices can now enjoy its features.
However, for those who are not Pixel users, don’t worry, you can still experience Android 14 on your device by installing a GSI ROM. In this guide, we will show you step-by-step how to download and install Android 14 GSI ROM on your device.
How to download and install Android 14 GSI ROM
Step 1: Check for compatibility with Project Treble
First, check if your smartphone is compatible with Project Treble. Project Treble is generally supported on devices running Android 8.0 or later. However, you still need to double check.
- To do that, go to the Play Store and look for the Treble Check app
- Now, download it
- Launch the app and you will get the result
- If you get a tick mark next to Project Treble alongside the text “Your device includes support for Project Treble” then you can proceed
Step 2: Check CPU architecture
Next, you will have to check your phone’s CPU architecture. Here are a few ways you can get this information –
- Use the Treble Check app and see the results under the CPU Architecture section
- Use the ADB Command – adb shell getprop ro.product.cpu.abi
Step 3: Install Android SDK
Now install the Android SDK platform tools on your computer or PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google. Download it and extract it to a convenient location on your computer. Doing so will bring up the required Platform Tools folder.
Step 4: Download Android 14 GSI
Now, you need to download the Android 14 GSI ROM file corresponding to your smartphone’s CPU architecture. After downloading it, extract it inside the Platform-Tools folder on the PC. Remember that you will require both the system.img and vbmeta.img files.
Note: Not released yet officially. It will be available soon. We will update this post with the download links
Step 5: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
Then, you will need to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your smartphone. The former makes your smartphone recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. Meanwhile, it’ll allow you to easily boot your smartphone to Fastboot Mode.
OEM Unlocking will be needed to carry out the bootloader unlocking process. You’ll need to go to Settings -> About Phone -> Tap on Build number 7 times -> Return to Settings -> System -> Developer Options -> Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
Step 6: Unlock Bootloader
You’ll also need to unlock the bootloader on your smartphone if you’re looking to flash the Android 14 GSI. Remember that doing this will wipe off the data and might even make your device’s warranty null and void.
Step 7: Boot to Fastboot Mode or FastbootD Mode
- Now, you should connect your smartphone to the PC via a USB cable to ensure that USB Debugging is enabled
- After that, go to the Platform-Tools folder and type in CMD in the address bar before hitting Enter to launch the Command Prompt
- Type the following command in the CMD window for booting your smartphone to Fastboot Mode –
adb reboot bootloader
- After that, you should execute this command to boot your device to the FastbootD Mode –
fastboot reboot Fastboot
Step 8: Install Android 14 GSI ROM via Fastboot Commands
- First, you should execute the following command to flash the vbmeta file to disable Android Verified Boot (AVB) –
Fastboot --disable-verity --disable-verification flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- Then, wipe the system partition by using this command –
fastboot erase system
- Now, you should flash the Android 14 GSI image using the following command –
fastboot flash system system.img
- Next, you need to factory reset your phone by executing the following command –
- Lastly, you should reboot your phone by using the below command –
These are the steps to download and install Android 14 GSI ROM on your device. Remember to follow these steps carefully to avoid any issues during the installation process. If you have any questions or need help, feel free to ask in the comment section down below , or the XDA forums or seek help from an experienced Android user.