How to Install -Flash a Firmware Factory Image on Pixel and Pixel XL Devices via Fastboot

How to Install -Flash a Firmware Factory Image on Pixel and Pixel XL Devices via Fastboot

 The first Pixel Android phones will be named Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

The switch from Nexus to Pixel series, however, won’t change how we used to flash / install factory images on our Google branded devices. The Pixel devices will still boot into bootloader mode, allow bootloader unlocking and let flash you flash images like you previously did on Nexus devices.

We at Androiding, welcome this switch from Nexus phones to Pixel by Google. It makes Google’s range of devices complete with a Pixel laptop (Chromebook), Pixel tablets and Pixel phones.

How to Flash Factory Image on Google Pixel Devices

Note: Make sure you’ve unlocked bootloader on your Pixel device before you proceed. Or else, you won’t be able to flash/install factory images via Fastboot.

Method 1 – Automated and clean Install

You might think of installing Android Nougat via Factory images as a serious task because it involves use of command line tools, but (trust me) it’s easier. Below is a
  • Download the factory image specific for your Pixel device to your PC, then unzip it to a separate folder.
  • Setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
  • Enable USB debugging on your Pixel device.
  • Connect your Pixel device to the PC with a USB cable.
  • Run/execute the flash-all.bat script from the files we extracted in Step 1.
  • └ You might get a prompt on your device to “Allow USB Debugging”, select Yes/Ok/Allow.
That’s it. You can now sit back and watch the firmware install on your Pixel device. Once done, your device will automatically reboot to system.