GSI or Generic System Image is a firmware that can be installed on any device that supports Treble. Google has officially released the first beta of Android 14 after having tested multiple developer preview builds.
If you’re a Pixel user, you can easily join the beta program and test Android 14 at an early stage. However, non-Pixel users will not be able to apply for the beta update. In case you’re a non-Pixel user, Google has released Android 14 GSI, which wasn’t available with the developer preview. This means you can manually install Android 14 on your Android smartphone.
If you’re looking to install Android 14 GSI on your device, then this guide is perfect for you. In this guide, you will get to know how to download and install Android 14 GSI on Android smartphones.
Files to download for the beta update
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How to install Android 14 GSI files for Android
After downloading the newest version of GSI, you can easily install it on your Android smartphone. Here are the steps to install Android 14 GSI on your Android smartphone.
Step 1: Enable USB Debugging
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 2: Check for Project Treble Support
The device on which you’re going to install Android 14 GSI should be Treble compliant. Most of the newest devices come with project treble, but still, ensure that it is running a given command. For running the command, you’ll have to enable USB debugging on your smartphone. To enable USB debugging, you’ll have to enter the following command –
adb shell getprop ro.treble,enabled
Step 3: Extract Android 14 Beta GSI
Copy the download GSI file to your computer before extracting the image. Then, copy system.img from the extracted folder and then paste it to the C:/adb folder. You should also copy the downloaded the “vbmeta.img” file to the same location as the system.img file.
Step 4: Boot your Android smartphone into Fastboot Mode
For accomplishing that, USB debugging will have to be enabled. Connect your smartphone to your PC with the help of a USB cable. It’ll ask for debugging permission so you should provide the authorization for continuing. It won’t ask for permission if you’ve already given permission. Then, open CMD on your PC before entering the below-mentioned command –
adb reboot bootloader
Your smartphone will now be booted into the bootloader/Fastboot mode.
Step 5: Flash GSI for installing Android 14 Beta
For flashing the GSI, you’ll need to disable Android-verified boot for avoiding the bootloop issue. For doing that, you’ll have to open the CMD/Command window via the C:/adb folder or the platform-tools folder where the system.img file is present. You should then enter cmd in the path location in file explorer for opening CMD on any specific location.
- Enter the following command for disabling AVB Android verified boot –
fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- After that, wipe off the data for a clean install using the following command –
fastboot erase system
- Next up, you’ll need to install the Android 14 Beta GSI on your smartphone with this command –
fastboot flash system system.img
- After that, wipe off the userdata partition once the installation has been completed –
- Now, you can easily reboot and enjoy Android 14 GSI on your Android device –
Once your device is rebooted, you can set up Android 14 and enjoy it on your Android smartphone. There’s also a DSU Loader method for enjoying Android 14 GSI without installing it permanently. Soon, other OEMs will also come out with the Android 14-based Beta for their smartphones.