Android 13 is the latest iteration of the Android OS lineup after Android 12, the stable Android OS right now and running on plenty of devices globally. However, the recently released Android 13 Developer Preview build is officially available for eligible Pixel models currently. Now, if you’re interested in downloading Android 13 GSI and installing it on any Project Treble device, you can follow this full-depth guide.
We’ve shared the step-by-step methods to easily install the latest Android 13 GSI onto any Project Treble-supported device. If you’re one of the non-Pixel device users and your handset is running Android 8.0 Oreo or higher, your device supports Project Treble. Due to the non-availability of the Android 13 OS on your handset, you may be trying to get an early taste of the operating system.
Android 13 OS offers plenty of new features and improvements to its predecessor. Therefore, as an avid Android user, you should try installing the GSI (Generic System Image) file to get the vanilla edition. Google initially releases the OS’s stock AOSP (Android Open-Source Project) builds until the official stable build arrives. So, you can experience it earlier until your device OEM provides the designed OS for the specific model.
What is GSI in Android?
A GSI (Generic System Image) package is a system image file for Android devices with adjusted configurations. It’s compatible with Project Treble support and users can easily flash the GSI file to get the latest version of Android OS even it’s not available for your device model by the manufacturer yet. Google has made it possible for all the non-Pixel Android device users to flash the GSI file according to the architecture and enjoy the latest Android OS version.
You can also check out Treble compatibility on your handset via installing an app called ‘Treble Info’ via Google Play Store. Do keep in mind that your device bootloader should be unlocked first and flashing the Android GSI package on your handset will perform a factory reset too. So, you may lose your important data if you haven’t backed up your device data before getting into it. Now, without further ado, let’s jump into it.
Download Android 13 GSI (Generic System Image)
Android 13 October Build
Date: October 20, 2022
Build type: experimental
Security patch level: October 2022
Google Play Services: 22.33.16
Android 13 Beta 4.1 GSI
Android 13 Beta 4 GSI
Android 13 Beta 2:
Android 13 Beta 1:
Steps to Install Android 13 GSI on Any Project Treble Device
Note: Make sure to grab the specific GSI package according to your device’s architecture. To check which architecture your device has, you can run the following command on your Windows computer after connecting your handset to it using the USB cable.
adb shell getprop ro.product.cpu.abi
Once you’re aware of your device’s architecture, just download the particular GSI package from the link above. Now, you’ll have to follow all the requirements one by one.
- This GSI file and guide are only applicable for Project Treble-supported devices.
- Make sure to check whether your device supports Project Treble or not.
- Maintain at least 50% of battery charge.
- Take a full data backup of the device without Root before doing anything.
- Your device bootloader should be unlocked. [Required]
- Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging on your device.
- Download and Install the Android USB Drivers on your PC/Laptop.
- A PC/Laptop and a USB cable are required. (for Fastboot method)
- Install the ADB & Fastboot Platform Tool for Windows/MAC. (for Fastboot method)
- First, you’ll need to perform a factory reset on your phone. [You can also reboot to Recovery mode and perform factory reset]
- Keep in mind that OEM Unlock and USB Debugging are already enabled on your phone. If not, do that too.
- We assume that you’ve already installed the ADB & Fastboot Tool on your PC.
- Now, transfer the downloaded Android 13 GSI file to your computer and extract it. Make sure to copy and paste the system.img and vbmeta.img files into the ADB & Fastboot folder for ease.
- Simply connect your Android device to the PC/Laptop by using the USB cable and authorize the device (if prompted).
- Now, launch a command prompt on your PC from the extracted GSI folder by typing cmd in the address bar and pressing the Enter button on your keyboard.
- Restart your device into bootloader mode or fastboot mode by typing the following command in the command prompt and press the Enter key:
adb reboot bootloader
- This will reboot your phone into Fastboot mode.
- You can run the following command to verify the Fastboot connection. If already connected, you’ll get back the fastboot device ID.
- Next, you’ll have to disable Android Verified Boot (AVB) by running the command below:
fastboot flash vbmeta vbmeta.img
- Next, type in the following command and hit the Enter button to delete the existing system partition on your device:
fastboot erase system
- Use the following command to install the Android 13 GSI package:
fastboot flash system system.img
- The installation process will start and will take some time. So, wait for it.
- Once the installation process is done, you will need to enter the following command to wipe the user data partition:
- Finally, restart your device by executing the command below:
- Enjoy! The first boot may take some time after the OS upgrade. Now, your device should boot into vanilla Android 13 OS successfully.
Although we won’t recommend you to flash the initial build of Android 13 right now as it may contain multiple bugs or stability issues, it fully depends on you whether you’ll wait for the stable release or not. Try flashing the developer preview build on any of your secondary Android handsets.
That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. Feel free to ask in the comment below for further queries.