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Use Google's Android Flash Tool to manually update or restore your phone from a soft stone «Android :: Gadget Hacks



If you've ever tried to manually update your Android phone, you know that the process can be unnecessarily difficult. There are so many steps and parts that if one thing goes wrong, the whole process won't work. Recognizing this, the Android team came up with an even simpler way.

With the new Android Flash Tool, you can use your browser to update your phone. You don't need to use a command prompt, install platform tools, or even unlock your boot loader beforehand. The tool walks you through the process and automatically flashes the update – even developer updates. If your phone is soft, you can even get back to work with a few clicks.

Prerequisites

Step 1: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

First you need to activate Developer Options, the hidden settings menu with two options we need for this to work. So open Settings, choose "About Phone", then tap "Build Number" (the number at the bottom of the page) seven times and enter your lock screen passcode when prompted.

Now go back to Settings and select "System" then "Advanced". Open "Developer Options" and toggle the switch next to "USB Debugging" then press "OK". If your boot loader has not yet been unlocked, also enable the switch next to "OEM unlock". If your boot loader is unlocked, this option will be activated and grayed out.

Step 2: Installing drivers (Windows only)

If you are using a Windows PC, you need to install drivers for your computer to properly recognize your phone. If you are using macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, you can skip this step.

First download the Google USB Driver ZIP file below and extract it anywhere on your computer (right click -> Extract). [19659002] Now connect your phone to your computer and right click on the Start button and then choose & # 39; Device Manager & # 39 ;. Click here under & # 39; Portable Devices & # 39 ;, & # 39; Other Devices & # 39; or & # 39; Universal Serial Bus Devices & # 39; right-click on your Google Pixel and select & # 39; Update Driver & # 39; and then choose & # 39; Browse my computer for driver & # 39 ;.

If you don't see your phone in Device Manager, restart it and reconnect the USB cable On. Image from Dallas Thomas / Gadget Hacks

Now choose "Browse" at the prompt, then select the folder usb_driver that you extracted from the ZIP and click "Next". After that, you should see a prompt to let you know that the driver has been installed correctly.

Step 3: Add a Build & Start Flashing

Make sure your Pixel is connected directly to your computer with a USB cable. Do not connect to USB hubs, adapters or monitors – if possible connect directly to a USB port on the motherboard.

Now visit one of the links below from your computer. If you choose the stable version (currently Android 10), select your provider, then click "Get Started" and choose "OK" in the popup. If you are installing the beta (currently Android 11), choose the link corresponding to your Pixel model under Android Flash Tool then click "Get Started" and "OK".

At the bottom of the page, choose "Add New Device" at the bottom.

Now select your connected device from the popup.

Select "Connect" and you should see your device listed under "Not Available."

This post is because you need to allow USB debugging, the prompt that will appear on your smartphone now .

Press "Allow" on the prompt and on your computer your device should now be listed under "Available" with a green "Connected" below it. [19659027] Use Google's Android Flash tool to manually update or restore your phone from a soft stone ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

Click on your device to go to the next page, showing the current build you are trying to install. After verifying the build, choose & # 39; Install & # 39 ;.

In the last section, you are presented with a few warnings that should be followed, increasing your chance of problems is minimal. Choose "Confirm" after reviewing these warnings.

Now choose "Allow" from the browser popup and ask permission for the Android Flash Tool for notifications display. Select & # 39; I Agree & # 39; on the new page titled & # 39; License 1 of 1 & # 39 ;.

After a series of reboots your phone will reboot with the new build and Chrome will display the page after update completion with a message. Yes, it's that simple!

Cover Image by Jon Knight / Gadget Hacks

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