Essential continues its seamless software support for its now-defunct Essential Phones. The March 2019 security patch is now rolling out for the devices globally. The new update carries the build number PQ1A.190105.024 based on Android 9.0 Pie. Along with the security patch, the OEM is also providing Digital Wellbeing support. So, users can now keep track of their smartphone usage. As the work of Digital Wellbeing is to keep the human away from abuse of smartphone and its related technologies.
You can avail the automatic OTA update or you can also manually upgrade to the latest security patch on your Essential Phone. We have put up the latest firmware and corresponding installation guide for your convenience.
How To Install OTA for Essential Phone
The March 2019 update is currently rolling over the air and will knock into devices in various regions. The update process is automatic as usual. However, if you're not of the waiting kind you can manually check for it and install if it's available. Go to device Settings > About phone > Software updates > Tap on Check for Updates.
If you see the newest OTA update PQ1A.190105.024 is available then download it. Try to connect to a Wi-Fi network to download the March 2019 Security patch. Make sure to charge the battery of your device up to 50% or more. A low battery will not allow you to perform the update installation.
Download PQ1A.190105.024 Firmware
Often due to various reasons, users are not able to download the OTA in the above process. So, to deal with that we have put up the link to the PQ1A.190105.024 firmware which comes with the March 2019 security update.
Install Latest Essential Phone Software [March 2019 Security Patch]
To install the new software on your Essential phone make sure to download the required tools and drivers on your PC. We have listed the same in the subsequent section. Check it out.
- Make sure to charge your phone up to 70% and more.
- Download the Essential USB Drivers on your PC.
- Take a full backup on your phone before flashing the firmware.
- Enable the USB Debugging and OEM Unlock on your device.
- Then unlock the bootloader of the Essential phone.
- Download and Install the ABD and Fastboot drivers on your windows/MAC.
How to Do Firmware Installation (Fastboot ROM)
Step-1 open the ADB fastboot folder on your PC. It may there either on your desktop or C:/ADB i.e. Windows C drive.
Step-2 Next step is to extract the files of respective devices and move the files to the ADB folder.
Step-3 Now in the same ADB folder, press and hold the ‘Shift” key and right-click on anywhere inside the folder to select ‘Open command window here.’
Step-4 In the command prompt windows need to enter a command for which your phone has to be connected to your computer system. The command is as follow:
Step-5 Using the following command boot your handset into bootloader mode.
adb reboot bootloader
Step-6 Your phone will now automatically reboot itself and enter the bootloader mode.
Step-7 You need to unlock the bootloader before flashing the update on your device. To unlock, follow the command below.
fastboot flashing unlock
Step-8 Press the Volume-down button to navigate to the YES option, then press the Power button to confirm
Step-9 Now to begin the installation of the March 2019 Security Patch update with build PQ1A.190105.024 on the Essential phone. Firstly, open the Stock ROM files that are present in the folder of ADB and simultaneously locate the
flashall.bat script. To run the files double click on it to begin the installing process on your phone.
Step-10 You will be asked to press any key to exit as soon as you are through with flashing the respective build for the devices. Please do not exit from the terminal unless you are asked to do so.
After flashing the ROM, you have to relock the bootloader. To do it, Go back to fastboot mode and run the command:
fastboot flashing lock
ADB Sideloading Latest Firmware
Otherwise, you can perform the ADB Sideload method to install the latest software update on your Essential phone. Check out the tutorial link below.
As the device so, make sure to take advantage of it. Hence, download the update and upgrade your Essential phone to March 2019 security patch. Install and enjoy.