Download and Install Factory Images on Google Pixel 4 and 4XL

Google has launched Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL recently as the 2019’s flagship models under the Pixel lineup. Both the devices offer flagship-grade specifications and some other interesting features as well. Though Google has decided not to release the Pixel 4 in India due to the regulations in India. According to Google, Pixel 4 Radar uses 60GHz mmWave frequency that’s currently not allowed in India for the civilians. But if you’re using the Pixel 4 or 4XL in other countries and you want to install the factory images, you can follow the full guide below. You can find the links to Download and Install Factory Images on Google Pixel 4 and 4XL with a step-by-step guide.

Factory image is an important file for your device just like the Stock ROM. If you did something wrong with your device while installing Root or any custom ROM, flashing factory images is the best option. That means if you have rooted your device or bricked it or want to get back to the Stock ROM from a Custom ROM, this guide is for you.

Factory Images for Google Pixel 4 and 4XL

Note that the Factory Images for Pixel devices are released by Google itself. So, a big thanks to Google for providing the factory images. However, there are three builds available for each device along with the latest October 2019 patch builds as well. But Google hasn’t mentioned any specific country or carrier for this release. It’s expected that the first software update for Pixel 4 and 4XL devices will come with November 2019 security patch level next month.

Download and Install Factory Images on Google Pixel 4 and 4XL

Google has also announced that both the Pixel 4 series devices will soon receive the 90Hz display refresh rate optimization to work in more conditions and enhanced eye detection for Face Unlock. As you may know that the Face Unlock on Pixel 4 and 4XL devices are fast enough but unlocks with even closed eyes. Early this year, we came to know that “Flame” was Pixel 4’s codename and “Coral” was the Pixel 4XL’s codename. Now, let’s take a look at the factory image download links.

Download Factory Images for Google Pixel 4 and 4XL

Check out the Google Pixel 4 three builds along with Factory Image and OTA links.

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November 2019 Security patch

First Factory Images:

Pixel 4 (Codenamed: Flame) Version Download Link
QD1A.190821.007 (Android 10) Factory Image | OTA
QD1A.190821.011 (Android 10) Factory Image | OTA
QD1A.190821.011.C4 (Android 10) Factory Image | OTA

Here are the Google Pixel 4XL three builds mentioned along with factory image and OTA links.

Pixel 4XL (Codenamed: Coral) Version Download Link
QD1A.190821.007 (Android 10) Factory Image | OTA
QD1A.190821.011 (Android 10) Factory Image | OTA
QD1A.190821.011.C4 (Android 10) Factory Image | OTA

Steps to Install Factory Images on Google Pixel 4 and 4XL

Make sure to follow the pre-requisite and download the required files on your PC before trying to install the factory images on your device.

Disclaimer:

Flashing a new system image deletes all user data. Be certain to first backup any personal data such as photos.

Pre-Requirements:

  • This guide is for Google Pixel 4 and 4XL only.
  • Keep your device charged up to 60% or above.
  • You will require a Windows PC/Laptop and a USB Cable as well.
  • Android USB Drivers – Download and Install it on your computer.
  • Download the latest ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
  • Download the factory images and move them to the ADB Fastboot folder on your computer.

Bootloader Unlocking:

  • Before flashing a factory image, make sure that your phone bootloader is unlocked. That’s an important part.
  • Head over to the device Settings menu > System > Developer options.
    • Go to the About phone section > tap on the build number for 7 times and the Developer options will be enabled. Now, go to the Developer options and enable OEM unlocking.
  • Now, go to the bootloader mode > once you’re on the bootloader screen, choose the command “adb reboot bootloader”.
  • Then use the “fastboot oem unlock” command.
    • If in case, the above command won’t work for you, try the “fastboot flashing unlock_critical” command as well.
  • In order to confirm the unlocked bootloader, you should see some on-screen prompts on your device. Then you can go on with this guide and your device will be cleaned completely.

Prepare the Factory Image

  • After downloading the build zip file from the links given above, extract it on your computer.
  • The extracted folder will have a couple of useful files such as the bootloader, OS image, vendor image, and a radio image.
Note: modify the flash-all script to save your data.

After doing all the necessary changes, you can save your file and open a command-line program.

Run the script and install the factory images

You should boot into the device bootloader mode in order to flash the factory image on your Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL.

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  • Execute the command “adb reboot bootloader” again. [You can also press and hold down the Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds to boot into the bootloader.
  • Now, check the command line to the file directory with the flash-all script and then run your script from below:

On Unix/Mac, run:

./flash-all.sh

On Windows, run:

flash-all.bat

You can see that script running on the screen. It may take up to a few minutes to install the image. It will automatically reboot your phone after the image is installed. The first boot may take for 10-15 minutes, so please be patient. But if it takes more than that, your device may get into bootloop.

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If the flash-all script not working on the device, you can flash all of the images manually. It requires a few extra steps to make sure that your device is in the proper bootloader mode. Then follow the instructions given below:

  • First of all, flash the bootloader, then flash reboot, then flash radio, and lastly reboot the bootloader again:
Fastboot flash bootloader <bootloader file name here>.img

Fastboot reboot-bootloader

Fastboot flash radio <radio file name here>.img

Fastboot reboot-bootloader
  • Now, flash the image file by following the command below:
Fastboot flash -w update <image file name here>.zip
  • It will automatically reboot your device after flashing. But if it’s not rebooting your device, you can manually do it.

Fastboot reboot

After the device boots up, make sure that you have the latest factory images with you. If you choose to renew the flash-all script, your all data should be cleaned.

We hope this guide is helpful to you and you have successfully flashed the factory images on your Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL. For any queries, feel free to ask in the comments below.

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