Install Android 11 for Pixel Series & OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro

by Jordon Mike
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The Android enthusiasts are aware that Google has been testing Android 11 Developer Preview for quite a long time now. Users are eagerly waiting for the public release of Android 11 that comes with features viz advanced user privacy protections, Bubbles API, better app permissions, new Pixel launcher, new camera features, 5G and fold-able phones support, and much more. The good news is that Google has released the first public beta build of Android 11 for Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 devices. Check out the detailed features and modifications in Android 11 from here.

Android 11 for Pixel Series & OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro

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However, with Android being an open-source operating system, developers have already started using the source code to make their own Android 11 Skin. The latest is the Android 11 Beta Update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Moreover, if you have a Project Treble enabled Android device, you can update it to Android 11 GSI (Generic System Images). You can flash GSI Builds on any Project Treble enabled Android device. With so much going on, it is wise to elaborate the happenings one by one, as we have done in this post.

Download Android 11 GSI on Project Treble Devices

The latest Android 11 Q GSI builds from Google are available to download. As mentioned above, they can be installed on any Android mobile device that supports Project Treble. Since these builds from Google come with Google mobile services, you don’t have to install Google apps separately. However, before you flash these GSI builds you require checking out your phone’s CPU architecture. We have discussed the steps for the same below.

  • As a first, please enable USB Debugging on your Android mobile device. All you have to do is go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number several times to enable Developer Options in Settings. From Developer Options, please toggle ON USB Debugging.
  • Please download and install ADB & Fastboot on your system from here.
  • Connect your Android device to your PC.
  • Navigate to the ADB & Fastboot installation folder and do a Shift+Right Click. Tap on Open Command Window Here from the pop-up that comes up.

open a command window

  • Please key in the following command to ensure that your device is connected to your PC.
adb devices
  • Next, the below command will provide you all the CPU information.
adb shell getprop

check-device-architecture-android

  • To find whether your Android device is ARM, ARM 64, or X 86, please key in the following command.
adb shell getprop ro.product.cpu.abi

device-cpu-architecture-check-android

  • If you want to check out the bootloader information and bootloader unlocked information for the connected Android device, you can utilize the following command respectively.
fastboot getvar all

fastboot unlock-info

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Now, that you are aware of your Android device’s architecture, please download the official Android 11 GSI from Google, according to your device’s architecture, from here. Below are the steps to install Android 11 GSI on your Project Treble enabled Android device.

Install Android 11 Q GSI on Android Devices [TWRP Recovery]

  • As a first, you need to make sure that your device is Project Treble enabled. You can easily do so through the Treble Check app from Play Store.
  • Also, you need to make sure that your Project Treble enabled Android device’s bootloader is unlocked and the latest TWRP recovery is installed on it.
  • You have already download the compatible Android 11 GSI. Transfer it to phone storage and extract the ZIP to obtain the Android 11 GSI Image file.
  • Now, reboot your Android device to TWRP Recovery.

twrp-recovery-android-11-install

  • From here, please take a complete Nandroid Backup.
  • Wipe everything clean from your device except the internal storage. Factory reset option can be utilized as well for the same.
  • Tap on Install option on the TWRP Recovery Menu.
  • Change Type from ZIP to Image.
  • Select the GSI image file to flash the system partition.
  • Once the process is complete, please reboot to the system.

Now that we have shared the steps for the installation of Android 11 GSI builds. Let us move forward to check out Android 11 OTA installation on compatible Pixel series of Android mobile devices.

Download Android 11 for Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 Mobile Devices

If you are the proud owner of any of the Google Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4 mobile devices, you can register yourself for the Android 11 Beta program from here. Post successful registration, you will receive an OTA update notification. Alternatively, you can download Android 11 OTA Images, in accordance with your Google Pixel device model, from here. Following are the steps that you need to follow to manually apply OTA update to a compatible Android device.

  • As a first, please download the OTA device image for your Google Pixel device from the above provided link and transfer the same to your PC.
  • Enable USB Debugging and Advanced Reboot on your Pixel Device. You can do so from Developer Options.
  • Please connect your Pixel device to a PC that has got the Android development environment loaded and ADB Tool installed.
  • Make sure you have the OTA update file in the folder where you have installed ADB & Fastboot.
  • In the same folder, do a Shift+Right Click and choose option Open Command Window Here from the pop-up menu that comes up.

open a command window

  • Key in and execute the following command to ensure that your Pixel device is properly connected.
adb devices
  • Now, you need to reboot your device into stock recovery mode. However, if you have TWRP Recovery installed, please click here to check how to uninstall TWRP Recovery and move back to Stock Recovery.
    • adb reboot recovery
  • From the recovery menu, please select the option of Apply Updates from ADB.

android-11-install-pixel-stock-recovery

  • Key in and execute the following command to flash the OTA. You have to key in the exact name with proper extension.
adb sideload <ota-package>
  • Approve the update and wait till the upgrade completes.

abd-sideload-android-11-install-pixel

  • Reboot your device to the system.

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Moving forward, let us check out the latest One Plus 8/ 8 Pro Android 11 Beta Update. With the latest Android 11 Beta Update for OnePlus 8/8 Pro, you get OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11, June 2020 Security Patch, and all the amazing Android 11 inclusions and features.

Download Android 11 for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro

Before you move forward, please know that the following are the known issues with the latest Android 11 update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro.

  • All data will be cleared while flashing the build.
  • Face unlock is not present.
  • Google Assistant (“OK Google”) isn’t working.
  • Video calling isn’t working.
  • Certain UI screens look undesirable.
  • Some apps functionality might be compromised.
  • System stability issues.

The following are the links to download the latest Android 11 for OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro.

Download Links for OnePlus 8:

Download links for OnePlus 8 Pro:

For convenience, we have offered rollback packages as well:

The following are the steps that you require following to install the latest Android 11 OS on OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro.

  • You must have already downloaded the required ZIP file from the above links.
  • Transfer the ROM to the phone storage.
  • Go to Settings > System > System Updates > Click top right icon > Local upgrade > Click on the corresponding installation package > Upgrade.
  • Make sure the System Upgrade completes to 100%.
  • Simply, tap on Restart post the successful completion of the upgrade.

Final Words – Android 11 for Pixel Series & OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro

So, these were the complete updates regarding the latest happenings on Android 11. If you have a Project Treble Enabled Android device, you can go ahead with the Android 11 GSI. Pixel users can get the OTA update and install it manually on their devices. OnePlus 8/OnePlus 8 Pro users have got the reason to rejoice as they have the latest OxygenOS beta based on Android 11 available for their devices. Let us know if you happen to face any confusion or issues in any of the methods that you might be pursuing. You can reach out to us via the comments section provided below.

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