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How to install an Android 13 on a pixel phone?


In this article, you will find out How to install Android 13 on your Google Pixel device? And many much more on Google Pixel devices and Android 13. As we all know that Android 13 is now available on our Google pixel devices! Anyways, before moving out to the extensive view of the Android ecosystem. One should keep in mind that it’s not a very big update of all times because there’s much more left now to get excited about. However, coming straight to the point.

What’s new in Android 13?

Well, as we all know that the Android 12 came earlier last year. Becoming a major overhaul of the mobile operating system, but keep in mind that Android 13 is not as impressive as the previous one. All in all, if we talk about the major updates in Android 13. There are only a few which may affect users, like a new Easter egg, extra Material You, color selection options, and much more.

What Google Pixel devices support Android 13?

On one hand, Google is extending and updating the full support system. Google Pixel devices only got to have three of major upgrades. Overall, there are 9 devices eligible for Android 13. 

This includes:

How to install Android 13 on Google Pixel?

OTA update

OTA is one of the best ways to get this update on your device. Which is much easier to perform. And achieve the goal. Also, it’s way more dependable. However, the only point we should not go this way is if you can’t wait a few days the update your device. Because installing Android 13 via the OTA method is already very simple and easy

1. Open Settings

Open the Settings app from either the Notification Shade (using the gear icon) or the App Drawer.

2. Open System Update

Scroll to the bottom of the Settings window and tap System. From that window (Figure 1), tap “System update.”

The Android 12 Settings menu showing System update.

Figure 1: The System update entry in the Android 12 Settings app.

If you don’t see an update available, tap “Check for update” (Figure 2).

Check for Update button in Android 12.

Figure 2: Checking for an update on my Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12.

However, if still you can’t see or figure out the Android 13 update. Which is supposed to be Ready after selecting Check for Update, then you may need to come back later. But, Until the update of OTA is available on your phone. Else,  you may to a more challenging variant.

Sideload update

Let’s talk straight! we don’t recommend you to try this update because it’s very much risky and you might even jailbreak your device. But keep in mind that for doing this you have to download the OTA file from the Google Developers server. One more thing, while doing this step never forget to pick the file for your selected device. And also, to install the ADB tool which is an important part of the Android SDK Platform Tools. However, Once you’ve installed the Platform-Tools SDK and downloaded the OTA file, you’re ready to sideload. Here are the steps;

1. Boot into recovery mode

First, you need to Restart your phone. Once it turns off, then press the power button and then the volume down button at the same time. Unless you see the Bootloader page. then Use the Volume buttons to scroll down to Recovery Mode and press the Power button to select it.

2. Locate ADB Sideload

From within Recovery Mode, navigate to Apply Update from ADB.

3. Connect your device to your computer

Connect your Android device to the computer running the SDK Platform-Tools. Open a terminal window so you can run the necessary commands.

4. Run the necessary commands

From this directory, type “adb devices” and when prompted, accept the permissions on your phone, and don’t forget to click the remember computer option. At this point, you should not see any errors and your device will be listed.

Next, enter the sideload command:

adb sideload

If a person is on Windows, he/she first must change into the ADB Tools directory to run the command. On either Linux or macOS, then do the same thing (changing into the ADB Tools folder), only to run the command on those OSes, the command would be:

./adb sideload

When prompted, type the file name of the downloaded OTA file and hit Enter. 

5. Reboot your device first check if the OTA file is done installing, then you will be back in recovery mode where you will have to push the power button and then select the Reboot Now option. However, Once the reboot gets complete, you should be on your new Android 13. 

Congrats your Pixel device now have the most updated version of Android. However, in our opinion, you should go with the OTA route instead of the sideload method. Because the other method will have issues in the future that will be very difficult to deal with and will be complicated to get.

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By Alex Parkinson: Alex is a technology enthusiast who loves to write about gadgets. He has been writing for as long as he could remember, and developed his passion for technology in college. Alex holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science.


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