Finally, after a few months of waiting, the Android 8.1 Oreo is now rolling for Xiaomi Mi A1. Mi A1 has been quite a successful device since its release. It received the Android 8.0 Oreo update towards the end of 2017. Now within 4 months the successive 8.1 Oreo rolling out is definitely a good sign. It also signifies that Mi A1 may also receive the upcoming Android P . The latest beta iteration of Android 8.1 Oreo brings the security patch update of April and also moves the build number of the device to OPM1.171019.019.8.4.9.
The update is for the users who have participated in the Beta program. Obviously, airborne OTA is currently the way users can upgrade their Mi A1. Soon, we will also bring the OTA firmware for the users. As of now, your device can catch the OTA itself and you will be notified to install the same. However, the updates roll in batches and not all device get it at one time. so, you need to chase the latest software update OPM1.171019.019.8.4.9 that brings Android 8.1 oreo for Mi A1. Go to device Settings > System > System Update > Tap on check for update. If the update is rolling, it will show up and you will be prompted to download and install it.
It is a good practice to check for the battery percentage of the phone before installing the update else it will hamper the process. Charge your device battery to the full. Also, hang on to a good Wi-Fi network to download the software OTA without any charges from your tele-carrier. You have to restart your device to complete the process of update.
Now Android 8.1 Oreo is not way too different from v8.0. Yet, users will experience revamped power menu, new boot animation along with the usual Autofill API, notification dots, night light etc.
Apart from the OTA, you can manually flash the firmware to update your Mi A1 to Android 8.1 Oreo. Though firmware isn’t available as of now, we have described the easy method to flash the latest OPM1.171019.019.8.4.9 firmware on your Mi A1.
Download Android 8.1 Oreo Update [OPM1.171019.019.8.4.9]
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You have to use the ADB tool to flash the update. Below you have to follow a few,
- This firmware is to be exclusively installed on Xiaomi Mi A1.
- Ensure your device must have full battery charge.
- You need a Laptop/PC and micro USB cable to perform this Action.
- You should be running a Stock Firmware on your phone(Custom ROM users not eligible)
- Back Up your Data before flashing any updates.
- Install the MI A1 USB drivers.
- Install the ADB Tool (Windows/MAC-OS)
Steps to flash the Android 8.1 Oreo Firmware on Mi A1
Step-1 First Install the ABD utility on your PC
Step-2 Download the firmware zip file.
Step-3 Move the firmware to the folder where ADB is installed.
Step-4 Switch off device and press Vol Down + Power button to enter recovery mode.
Step-5 Choose and select Apply update through ADB.
Step-6 Now connect your phone to the PC/laptop using the micro USB cable.
Step-7 In the ADB folder right click + Shift Key to open the Powershell window.
Step-8 As it opens, type the command below to check the connection status. If connected properly you will get a device ID and message of connection acknowledgment.
Step-9 Now to flash the firmware give the following command.
ADB sideload OTA firmware filename.zip.
Step-10 Now wait till the flashing process completes..
Step-11 Reboot the phone to finish the update process.
So, that’s it. Update to the latest firmware OPM1.171019.019.8.4.9 and enjoy Android 8.1 Oreo on your Mi A1.