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Manually Install OTA Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on Razer Phone

The Android 8.1 Oreo firmware is now available for the Razer Phone. The update is offered in form of a new Android notification which should be automatically received and displayed on your smartphone. Thus, we are discussing about a new OTA roll out which is officially prepared for the Razer Phone. Of course, the best thing is that this time we are talking about the latest Android build, Oreo 8.1. Now, if you are still waiting for this OTA, maybe a better idea will be to check and apply the guidelines explained below.

This tutorial is going to teach you how to manually install the Android 8.1 OTA package on your Razer Phone. This update procedure is helpful if you are still looking for the Android notification – as you might know, OTAs are usually offered gradually and for limited markets only, so shortly some users might receive the OTA sooner than others. But, since the Android Oreo OTA file can be now downloaded from online sources, you can rush things up by choosing to manually apply the firmware, a process that can be succesfully completed by using the steps explained below.

Before doing so, you can also try to force down the OTA on your Razer Phone. In that respect you will have to enable a WiFi connection and navigate towards About Software field (located under general Settings). From there you will be able to search for new updates. Now, if the Android 8.1 Oreo is available, you will be prompted with the according Android notification. And from that point all you have to do is to resume the flashing operation by following on-screen prompts.

Do note that an OTA can be installed only in certain conditions – and here we include the manual update process that’s explained below. In that respect, for being able to resume the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware update operation you will have to make sure that on your Razer Phone the stock Android OS is already running and that root access (or similar other tweaks) weren’t already applied. In those situations the only way in which you can still perform the update operation will be by using the Android 8.1 Oreo full firmware package – then, you will revoke the tweaks and restore your device back to its factory state.

Manually installing the OTA update on your Razer Phone is an official operation supported by your OEM and by Google. Thus, during the flashing process you won’t have to use third party apps or risky flashing programs. The warranty of your smartphone won’t get lost and you won’t lose access to built-in apps. Thus, from this point of view you have nothing to worry about,

Since the Android 8.1 Oreo software will be applied on your Razer Phone by means of OTA procedures, your data should remain safe and secured all the time. However, for being 100% sure that unexpected problems aren’t occurring, you should first backup your personal data, info, accounts and files. A backup operation can be easily and quickly applied: you can choose to sync files with your Google Account, to use built-in cloud storage platforms available on your smartphone or to use dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play (use only already tested apps). Overall, the goal in that case will be to save everything that might be still required afterwards: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.

The new Android 8.1 Oreo software is stable and will smoothly run on your Razer Phone. Your gaming experience will be improved, your online profile will be fully protected and you will also receive some new features, apps and capabilities with the help of which you can bump speeds, upgrade battery life and customize the default Android functionality. Overall, you have all the reasons for choosing to try this new OS improvement that’s available in an official manner for your handset.

Good; now for this update operation you need to use a computer or a notebook. There, you have to install the Android SDK toolkit; so, first of all, learn how to set up Android SDK on Windows or how to set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux. Moreover, on the computer that will be used, the Razer Phone drivers must be already flashed. Then, on your phone you have to gain Developer Options, and this can be done by tapping repeatedly on Built Number (from About Phone) – after 7 or 10 taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message. And, from Developer Options (within Menu – > Settings) you then have to select the USB Debugging field.

You have to verify the power that’s still left on your phone before starting to apply the steps described below. In case the power that’s left is lower than 50% you must plug in the charger before doing anything else. When the power is low your device can get turned off in the middle of the update operation and in that particular situation you can end up in soft bricking your Razer Phone – a sudden shut down can cause different malfunctions within the Android core system.

Start and complete the update steps only if you own the already mentioned smartphone. The Android 8.1 Oreo OTA package offered below is compatible only with the Razer Phone so try not to mess things up in any manner.

How to Manually Install OTA Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on Razer Phone

  1. Power on your computer and enable an internet connection; also, power on your smartphone.
  2. On your computer navigate towards this page. From there download the Android 8.1 Oreo OTA package for your Razer Phone.
  3. Save the firmware file on desktop. Then, rename it into ‘update.zip’.
  4. Finally, transfer the renamed update package inside the Android SDK folder.
  5. From the Android SDK folder open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then from the list that opens choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  6. Meanwhile, switch off your smartphone and wait while the power off process is completed.
  7. Then, reboot recovery mode on your phone and connect it with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  8. From stock recovery mode menu choose ‘Apply update from ADB’ – confirm your selecting by pressing on Power button.
  9. Go to the cmd window that’s running on your computer.
  10. Inside cmd type ‘adb sideload adb.zip’ and press Enter.
  11. Wait while the flashing process is completed and when done, from main menu of recovery pick ‘Reboot system now’.
  12. That’s all – do note that this last reboot might take a longer time to complete then a normal one.

Congratulations. You can use the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your Razer Phone now. Test the new update and see how everything performs on your device. Then, return here and share your update experience and your observations with us and with the other users who might want to apply the guidelines explained above – you can get in touch with us easily by using the comments field available below.