Google Pixel devices are one of the best in class Android smartphones that offers premium hardware and better user experience whatsoever. However, the internet giant Google is also known for its Android OS that comes out with a new version every year to offer more features and improvements. Now, if you’re one of the Pixel 6 series users then you can check out this full guide to Flash Fastboot Images on your Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro properly.
Apart from keeping the device software up-to-date, it’s also required to flash the fastboot image or firmware file on the Google Pixel 6/6 Pro if you have tried flashing any other custom firmware or tried rooting the device improperly. The chances are high that your device is stuck on the boot screen or a black screen appears all the time. So, you’ll have to flash the fastboot image on your device via the ADB Fastboot method to get back into the working status.
It can also be possible that somehow you’re experiencing issues with the stock firmware performance or stability and you’re interested to install the fastboot firmware to refresh the system. However, this process may delete the user data from your handset. But it’ll ensure that the device will perform much better after restoring to the factory default. Now, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into the guide below.
Guide to Flash Fastboot Images on Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
Here we’ve shared all the requirements and download links to check before jumping into the firmware flashing guide completely. It’s important.
Warning: GetDroidTips won’t be held responsible for any kind of issue that may happen during/after the flashing process. You should know what you’re doing and proceed at your own call.
We’ll highly recommend checking out all the requirements one by one that’s mentioned below.
1. Install Android SDK
First of all, you’ll have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your Windows PC. It’s the official ADB and Fastboot binary, provided by Google which will come in handy while running adb and fastboot commands on the device.
2. Charge the Device
Make sure to charge the device sufficiently which is more than 50%. It’ll ensure that your device’s battery won’t die during the firmware flashing process.
3. Requires a PC and a USB Cable
You’ll also require a computer and a USB cable to connect your Google Pixel 6/6 Pro to the PC.
4. Install Google USB Driver
It’s worth mentioning to download and install the latest Google USB Driver or Android USB Driver on your PC. The USB Driver always plays a major role to create a stronger communication bridge between the device and the computer to run commands or transfer files easily.
Note: Make sure to select the specific device variant according to the carrier and then download the firmware file on the PC.
Steps to Unlock Bootloader on Pixel 6 Series
We’ve already shared a full-depth guide for the bootloader unlocking method on Google Pixel 6/6 Pro devices that you can check here. Once you’re done with the unlocking bootloader method, you can proceed to the next method.
Flash Google Pixel 6/6 Pro Stock ROM via Fastboot
We’re assuming that you’ve successfully unlocked the bootloader on your Google Pixel 6/6 Pro by following the mentioned guide above. Now, head over to the following steps to install the firmware file on the device.
- Run the command below using the command prompt window to boot your device into the Fastboot Mode:
- Now, your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro device will boot into the bootloader mode, unless it’s already in the bootloader screen.
- Execute the following command line to start flashing the firmware file on the handset: [Otherwise, you can directly head over to the extracted firmware folder and double-click on the flash-all.bat file to run it]
- As the flashing process begins, make sure to wait for it to complete. Do not unplug the device from the computer or do not skip this process.
- Once all is done, your device will reboot to the system automatically. [Otherwise, try rebooting the device manually by long-pressing the power button for a few seconds]
- The device may take some time to boot into the system for the first time after bootloader unlocking and flashing the firmware. So, have some patience.
You can also consider using Google’s Android Flash Tool for flashing the firmware file on your Android device automatically. It basically requires a web browser that supports WebUSB support like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge 79+.
That’s it, guys. We hope this guide was helpful to you. For further queries, you can comment below.