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Manually Install Stock Android 8.1 Oreo on Motorola Moto Z3 Play

Motorola Moto Z3 Play is finally able to offer the Android 8.1 Oreo experience. The software is currently available and should be OTA received on your device – the Oreo notification should be displayed and you can set up the new firmware by following on-screen prompts. However the Android 8.1 update for the Moto Z3 Play is pushed out gradually and for limited markets only, so the best way in which you can get this software without waisting any more time is by choosing to manually flash the Oreo package.

So, the official Android 8.1 Oreo treatment is here for the Motorola Moto Z3 Play. The software is released by Motorola so we’re discussing about the official roll out and not about a custom ROM firmware. Thus, from this perspective you have nothing to worry about – you won’t have to use third party apps or risky programs and you don’t have to worry about tripping the warranty flag or about losing access to built in apps. In fact you will improve the overall Android experience as you will get the latest Android apps, features and capabilities.

This Android 8.1 Oreo software is fully stable and will smoothly run on your Moto Z3 Play. The Oreo firmware will customize the UI and you will be able to receive better performance from your phone and to enjoy an upgraded battery life. And, above all you will be able to test and run the new Android functionality, which promises better speeds and better results even if complex apps or processes are being installed.

Now, as already outlined, we will be checking on how to manually set up the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware on your Motorola Moto Z3 Play. This update process can be used for resolving other problems and chalanges as during the flashing operation your device will be restored back to its factory state. Thus, you can follow the steps explained below if you want to unroot your Moto Z3 Play, if you want to relock its bootloader, reinstall the stock recovery image, re-apply bloatware or for revoking any other similar tweaking process. Moreover, you can use this update tutorial as a troubleshooting solution through which different software related problems can be fixed – we’re talking about general Android issues including boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze problems, total blackouts, signal strength issues, battery drain and so on.

You should backup your Motorola Moto Z3 Play. Do a general backup because during the steps from below you can end up in losing personal files – a wipe might be initiated or some files might get corrupted. Thus, before setting up the Android 8.1 Oreo software you should secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, or IMEI / NVRAM data. On your Motorola branded device you can already use built-in cloud storage apps, or you can sync your personal data with your Google account; additionally you can save data by downloading and using backup and restore apps available on Google Play – in that case use already tested tools.

A computer is needed as this is a manual update operation. On that computer set up the Motorola Moto Z3 Play drivers and afterwards install Android SDK: install Android SDK on Windows by using this guide or set up ADB on MAC OS X / Linux by using this tutorial instead.

Your smartphone and its USB cable are both required – a connection between your devices will have to be ensured. In order to make that happen, on your phone you now have to enable the USB Debugging option which can be found under Menu – > Settings – > Developer Options. If Developer Options is not there, don’t panic; just go to About Phone and in there start tapping repeatedly, for 7 or 10 times, until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed on your handset.

Charge your Moto Z3 Play before going any further especially if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%. When the power is low your device can get turned off in the middle of the flashing process and in that case you can end up in soft-bricking your smartphone. Thus, be careful and try to avoid such situations as much as possible.

Of course, use this update tutorial only if you own the Motorola Moto Z3 Play as otherwise you risk in damaging your device.

How to Manually Install Stock Android 8.1 Oreo on Motorola Moto Z3 Play

  1. On your computer, download the Android 8.1 Oreo firmware that’s available for your Motorola Moto Z3 Play – you can get this file from here.
  2. Unzip the update package inside the Android SDK folder.
  3. Switch off your Z3 Play and afterward reboot your phone into bootloader mode: press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons together.
  4. From Android SDK open a command prompt window: press and hold the Shift keyboard key and right click on any blank space; then choose ‘open command prompt window here’.
  5. Connect your Android device with your computer with the help of the USB cable.
  6. In the cmd window type the following commands:

fastboot getvar max-sparse-size
fastboot oem fb_mode_set
fastboot flash partition gpt.bin
fastboot flash bootloader bootloader.img
fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
fastboot flash bluetooth BTFM.bin
fastboot flash dsp dspso.bin
fastboot flash logo logo.bin
fastboot flash boot boot.img
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.2
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.3
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.4
fastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk.5
fastboot flash system_b system_other.img
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img_sparsechunk.0
fastboot flash vendor vendor.img_sparsechunk.1
fastboot flash oem oem.img
fastboot flash oem_b oem_other.img
fastboot erase modemst1
fastboot erase modemst2
fastboot erase carrier
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot erase ddr
fastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn
fastboot flash bluetooth BTFM.bin
fastboot oem fb_mode_clear
fastboot reboot

There you have it; this is the update method that should be used if you want to manually set up the official Android 8.1 Oreo system on your Motorola Moto Z3 Play. So, if you’re now running the latest build of Android do test its functionality and share your Moto Z3 Play experience with us and with the other users who might want to follow the steps from above – you can get in touch with us easily and quickly by using the comments field from below. Enjoy and stay close for further update opportunities available for your smartphone.