Downgrade Android 11 Developer Preview to Stable Android 10 Firmware on Pixel devices

While most of the mobile phone brands are still engaged in rolling out Android 10 for their devices, Google has already launched its latest Android OS Iteration – Android 11. Yes, very much before the time than usual of releasing the new Android OS every year. With the latest Android 11 Developer Preview for Google Pixel devices, Google is all set to rock the Android world, yet again.  Most of the Pixel users have already received the Android 11 Developer Preview. But if you are among the ones who want to roll back to stable Android 10 firmware, here is an article that will guide you in doing so.

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In this article, we are sharing with you all, the methods to downgrade Android 11 Developer Preview to Stable Android 10 firmware on Google Pixel devices. One can use the below two methods to downgrade for only Pixel devices like Google Pixel 4, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a. Do not try the methods on any other devices or you might have to face an issue.

Android 11, as anyone can easily guess has brought along some really amazing features that include new APIs for connection enhancement, Dark Mode scheduling, No effect of Airplane Mode on Bluetooth, Improved UI Sharing, New conversation tab, Mute notifications while recording, Scrolling screenshots, Native Screen recording, Improved touch sensitivity, Back Gesture Tweaking, Share menu app pinning and a lot more! There has been added support for Foldable Phones and 5G as well! The primary focus of Android 11, has, however, been the Privacy and security of the user.

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With the latest Android 10, one can actually schedule the Dark Mode on their device using the toggle which will automatically shift according to the time. The Dark Mode was introduced in the Android 9 Pie and has been the favorite feature of Android users since then. It has gone a number of advancements in Android 10 as well such as System-wide dark mode but what was more requested has been answered by Android 11!

Also, another major change that has been made to the Notification panel is the addition of a new conversation tab. This tab will let you see and respond to recent messages and even share images directly from the notification drawer! Isn’t that cool? But what is more amusing is the fact that there will be no more notifications and thus disturbances while using the camera. This will also imply while recording video as well as in video calling.

Why would you downgrade Android 11 DP to Android 10 Stable firmware?

Now that you have seen there are a number of amusing features that come with Android 11 DP,  you might be wondering why one would want to downgrade Android 11 to Android 10. This is because stability plays a crucial role here. Recently there have been a number of issues experienced by the users using the Android 11 Developer preview.

However, for some reason, if you are not comfortable with Google’s Android 11 Developer Preview on your Pixel device, you can anytime shift back to your Android 10 OS by downgrading Android 11 developer preview to Android 10.

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How to Downgrade Android 11 Developer Preview on Pixel phones to Stable Android 10 Firmware

Here we have elaborated two different methods using which you can downgrade Android 11 Developer Preview to Android 10 Stable firmware on your Google Pixel device. But before that, make sure you follow all the essential prerequisites for the process.

Prerequisites

  • When you downgrade your Pixel device from Android 11 Developer Preview to Android 10 stable firmware, all of your device data like Messages, Media, Audio, Calls, Installed apps, etc. will automatically be erased. Hence, it is necessary that you take a complete backup if your device data before getting into the next step.
  • Once you have taken a complete backup of your device data, we recommend you perform a factory reset on your device. This is in order to prevent any unnecessary issues.
  • Download the latest ADB and Fastboot tools on your PC or you can also install the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tools.
  • Make sure to have good and working USB Cables in order to establish a connection between your device and the PC.
  • If you are going to follow the first method to downgrade Android 11 to Android 10, i.e. Flashing Android 10 factory image, then you will have to unlock the bootloader of your Pixel device.
  • You do not want to get stuck in between the procedure and then repeat the whole process again. Make sure that you have at least 50% battery power so that you can seamlessly perform the complete process and not get interrupted.

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Download Android 10 latest Stable firmware

As said earlier, we are sharing two different methods to downgrade Android 11 to Android 10. For one method, you will need the factory image while for the other, a full Android 10 OTA Package. We have mentioned both for various Google Pixel devices.

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Google Pixel 4 XL (codename: coral)

Google Pixel 4 (codename: flame)

Google Pixel 3a XL (codename: bonito)

Google Pixel 3a (codename: sargo)

Google Pixel 3 XL (codename: crosshatch)

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Google Pixel 3 (codename: blueline)

Google Pixel 2 XL (codename: taimen)

Google Pixel 2 (codename: walleye)

Here are two different methods one can use to downgrade Android 11 to Android 10 on Google Pixel Devices. You can either use the Flashing Android 10 factory image method via Fastboot, for which you will need an unlocked bootloader or you can go with the comparatively easy method of sideloading Android 10 Full OTA Package using Stock Recovery. So what are you still waiting for? Here you go –

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#1. Sideload Android 10 full OTA Package using Stock Recovery

  • First of all, Download Android 10 stable OTA Package from the links mentioned above for your Google Pixel phone.
  • Now copy this downloaded zip package to the folder on the PC where the ADB and Fastboot tools are installed.
  • After that, press the SHIFT key and then right-click on anywhere on the empty space in the folder where the Platform-tools are present.
  • Then you will get a pop-up menu. From the options given, select the ‘Open PowerShell window here’.
  • Then using USB Cables, connect your Pixel phone to the PC.
  • Enter the below command so as to boot your Android device into Stock recovery –
adb reboot recovery
  • Now, in the Stock recovery, press the Volume buttons so as to choose the option of ‘Apply Update from ADB’.
  • Then hit the Power button so as to confirm your action.
  • Then, enter the below command in order to install OTA Update package on your Android phone –
adb sideload ota.zip
  • Do not forget to replace the ‘ota.zop’ from above with the file name of the OTA Package.
  • After the installation is done, choose ‘Reboot System Now’.

That is it. Your device will now boot into Android 10 Stable firmware.

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#2. Downgrade Android 11 to Android 10 by flashing Android 10 Factory Image using Fastboot

  • To begin with, download Android 10 Factory Image for your Google Pixel phone from the links mentioned above.
  • Now extract this downloaded factory image zip file on the PC with the help of archive tools like WinRAR or WinZIP.
  • This extracted folder will have the bootloader and radio images, flashing scripts, as well as a zip file which will have all the crucial partition images.
  • You will have to now copy these extracted files to the folder where you have installed the ADB and Fastboot tools.
  • Now Switch off your Pixel device and then boot it into Fastboot Mode. For this, you can press together the Volume Down + Power Key.
  • When your device enters into fastboot mode, connect it to the PC with the help of USB Cables.
  • After that, double click on the file named – ‘flash-all.bat’ so as to flash the Android 10 Factory image and thus downgrade Android 11 DP.
  • In case you have a Mac or Linux PC, just launch the terminal and then change its directory to the folder where you have installed the ADB and Fastboot tools. Let us take for example if the platform-tools are installed in ‘Documents/platform-tools, just enter the below command –
cd Documents/platform-tools
  • Then enter the below command so as to flash Android 10 factory image on your Pixel phone –
./flash-all.sh

This complete procedure will take a few minutes so you need to be a little patient. You will be able to see the progress in Terminal Window or PowerShell. While all of this is happening, it is very normal for your device to reboot a few times. So relax, all’s going well!

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Concluding Words

I hope that the above article was useful in downgrading Android 11 Developer Preview to Android 10 stable firmware on Google Pixel devices. In case you are stuck at any of the above methods, do feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We will be glad to help you out. Also, do share your opinions on the latest Android 11 DP. We will be glad to hear from you.

Happy AndroidingJ

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