How to Download Android Oreo
The All New Android Operating System by Google
Do you Want to install the latest operating system preview to your device? It isn’t as hard as you think.Google has now released its final versions of Android Oreo, the eighth version of their OS (Operating System). The final version of Android Oreo still requiring for some improvements and it being fulfilled with the upcoming versions of Android Oreo. Also, you can read our Top Features of Android Oreo to know more about Android Oreo.
Even there is not much things new with the Android Oreo you might be wondering how to get it on to your device.
First of all, you must have one of the following devices in your hand to get with Android Oreo:
- Google Pixel
- Google Pixel XL
- Google Pixel C
- Nexus 5X
- Nexus 6P
- Nexus Player
If you own an Android Oreo compatible device, basically there are two ways to get Android Oreo installed on your device. I have explained both the methods below in this article and one method is lot easier than the other one. But always remember the Android O is still being upgraded and it is somehow buggy.
Also, now you have the possibilities to Root Android Oreo in order to obtain an enhanced user experience.
Let’s see how to install Android Oreo….
Method 1: OTA update (Over-the-air update)
The first method to install Android Oreo is by just signing up to the Beta Program of Android. You will have to visit to the Google’s website and click on Enroll Device under a compatible handset option.
With this method, you will be agreed with the Android’s beta testing terms and conditions, and also there is a possibility that Google will push to search for an available software update as soon as possible.
If this is the first time that you are signing up with the Android Beta Program it could normally take up to 24 hours to provide you the update, but you will be notified soon with a proper OTA update.
Once you get the notification for the update, it is just the matter of downloading the update. But make sure you have completely backed up your Android phone, so you will not have the risk of losing any of your precious data or details through the update process. Once the update is downloaded to your Android device, simply hit the install button on the Android upgrade to do it. Bingo! You are now done and will be running on Android Oreo just after a while.
If the above method didn’t work for you, there is another method to get Android Oreo on your device that can be perfect for you, but it is a bit more complicated than the above one. With the next method you will have to be patience to complete the process successfully and as the process flashes your phone, it may also void your device warranty.
You would only proceed with the next method if you have some technical knowledge.
Method 2: Flashing the device to get with Android Oreo
This method is something like digging into the back-end of your valuable Android device and this has the highest level risk of wiping off your data from the device. As we are tending to flash the phone, unlocking the device bootloader will wipe your device data for sure. Therefore, making a whole backup of your device is very important.
Become a developer
Now it’s time for you to become a developer and don’t worry your phone will never notice that if you are lying. Go to Settings > About Phone section and the scroll down to where the build number is. Now tap on the built number for about seven times until it says You are Now a Developer and now you have magically become a developer.
While enabling this powerful option, a new option called developer options will appear on the Settings menu. Click into the Developer Option and enable both the OEM unlocking and USB debugging. Allowing this options will allow both the bootloader of the device to be unlocked with a simple command (explained below) and to transfer files from your computer.
Once you have everything set ready, now let’s download the Android Oreo system image file.
Download Android Oreo
Now, you will have to download the Android Oreo image file that is made for your specific device. Google has made things easy and has listed each of the supported device and next to model it has the link for the corresponding preview images. Just click to download it.
The file will size around 1GB, so let’s prepare other stuff until the file to be download, let’s move to the next step.
Download 15 seconds ADB installer
This tiny ADB installer installs all of the basic and required files to allow your PC to easily communicate with your phone and transfer the all-new Android Oreo OS.
Download and install ADB installer and run the software. A window will pop up asking permission that you want to install ADB and Fastboot or not, type Y on the keyboard to agree to set it up. Once again press Y when it asks for permission to Install ADB system-wide, if you want to install the device drivers on the PC. This will start installing the device drivers on a new window. Allow all this and then click on restart now to reboot your PC.
Now the program will be installed to C:\adb (if C:\ is your default hard drive). Once it is done now connect your phone into the computer.
Prepare the system image files
- Once the Android Oreo image file for your device has been downloaded, you will have to shift to a different location on your PC hard drive.
- Then right click on the downloaded zip file and unzip it (using a program such like WinRAR or 7Zip) set the extract path to C:/adb, if this is your default drive letter.
Flash Android Oreo into your device
The fun begins now, let’s start the process…..
- Turn down your Android phone and plug it into your computer.
- Now, boot your phone into fastboot mode
(press and hold down both the Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously to get to fastboot mode)
- Once your device has been booted into fastboot mode, open the folder on the PC where you extracted the Android O image file
- Get into the folder and find the file named flash-all.bat and double click on the file to begin installing the new Android Oreo file into your device.
- Now the real important thing is be patient!
- If everything goes right, it will take around five minutes to complete the process.
Unfortunately, there will be nothing on the screen in order show you the progress level, so you will just have to trust that everything is going great. (You can watch out the process unfold through the command prompt).
If you face to an error during the update, it’s because of your device’s locked bootloader. At this point you will have to unlock the bootloader of your Android device. Read The Most Effective Method To Unlock the Bootloader On Any Android Devices.
You do have to remember that if you want to get back to Android Nougat or if you want to Root or wat yourself to flash in a future, then you can leave your bootloader unlocked, so you don’t have to worry about wiping your device again and again.
Anyway, an unlocked bootloader on your device means, it want ask for your PIN, fingerprint or any other security for authentication upon boot. So if you lose your device or when it is stolen, it is easy to be wiped out.
That’s it, you are done.
Congratulations, once you have completed all the above steps carefully, your device would now reboot and it will be running on the Google’s latest and but Android Oreo software.