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Install Android 8.1 Oreo Factory Image for Google Nexus 6P

The official Android 8.1.0 new factory images are now live for all the Google Nexus 6P smartphones. Check the instructions below if you wish to learn how to manually flash the new files and test the newest Oreo OS from Google.

This new 8.1 system number build might be the final Android major upgrade issued for the Google Nexus 6P, as this device was the one that packed the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS first, more than two years ago.

The installation of this new Oreo 8.1.0 Factory Image can be done via adb sideloading method, but you should only apply it only in case you are an advanced user.

Here are some of the new changes added by Android 8.1.0 for Nexus 6P: support for highlighting draining apps and what they are doing, tethering hardware acceleration if available, Ambient display will stay on when the proximity sensor is covered, new paint colors for the Power off and Restart screens, Ambient Display will now list both date and upcoming alarm under the clock, Mobile Data Quick Settings toggle will now ask you if you wish to really do that, Wallpaper-based themes just like on the Pixel 2 devices, support for hiding “running in the background” notification, and others more that you can discover by yourself.

This guide is great for those that have installed a custom ROM on their phones and now they’re looking to restore the Nexus 6P devices to 100% stock Android firmware. Installing a factory image on a Nexus / Pixel device will always get rid of all the files from the smartphone.

Before starting the flashing process you need to check the following guidelines:

  • this post has to be used for the Nexus 6P phones only.
  • do not attempt to update other devices with the files that you will find in this post.
  • enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu first.
    – if you can’t find Developer Options you need to enable that first: go to Settings> About Phone and tap 7 times on the Firmware Build Number text.
    – return to Settings, as Developer Options will be listed there and you can enable USB Debugging.
  • enable OEM Unlock option from the same Developer Options menu.
  • this installation of Android 8.1.0 Oreo factory image will wipe clean your entire smartphone data.
    – you should backup to external sources all important files before starting the install.
  • use the tutorial only if you are an advanced user, we cannot be blamed in case you brick the phone.
  • check battery power and make sure that there is at least 50% charge left before the smartphone switches off completely.

Since you’ve read all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post.

Install Android 8.1.0 Oreo Factory Image for Nexus 6P:

First thing that you have to do is to configure the Android ADB drivers and the Fastboot tools. These drivers and files will allow your PC to detect the Nexus 6P when they are connected via usb cable.

Here’s how to setup the Android ADB and Platform-Tools:

  • download Platform-Tools zip from one of the links below:
    – get the file that corresponds to your computer OS:
    – for Linux click here.
    – for Windows click here.
    – for Mac OS click here.
  • after the download is completed successfully you need to unzip the contents and save them on your computer.
  • place the files in a folder called Platform-Tools.
    – leave the folder open and continue with the rest of the process.
  • also, install the Google USB drivers from here if you haven’t done it until now.

Now you can flash the new factory image files.

Install Android 8.1.0 Factory Image for Nexus 6P:

  1. Download the Android 8.1.0 factory image zip from here or here.
  2. When the download is completed you can extract all archived contents and save them to Platform-Tools, the folder obtained by setting up the Android ADB above.
  3. Switch off the phone.
  4. Boot it in Fastboot Mode.
  5. Use the usb cable and connect your Nexus 6P to computer.
    Make sure that the phone has been detected by the PC, and then continue to the next step.
  6. Go to Platform-Tools directory and launch a Command Prompt window/ Terminal screen there.
    Make sure you run it with admin rights.
  7. Next, you have to unlock the phone’s bootloader. This process will wipe clean the entire device.
    Enter the following command line to unlock bootloader: fastboot flashing unlock
    Confirm process.
  8. Now you can install the factory image. Double-click the Flash-all.bat installer script for Windows PC, or the Flash-all.sh for Mac OS / Linux devices.
  9. Confirm the Android 8.1 installation and don’t press any buttons until the update is done installing.
  10. After the update is done you will see a confirmation message in the installer script, and the phone will reboot in normal mode.

Unplug the phone from PC and use your default login info in order to regain control over your device once again.

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