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How to Downgrade the Pixel From Android Q Back to Pie

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Here’s how to downgrade your Google Pixel from the Android Q beta back to Android 9 Pie. Google recently released a preview of its next update for Android, and a lot of people rushed to install it. Even the latest Android Q beta 5 isn’t perfect and has some problems, so here’s how to revert back to Pie.

Remember, this is early software meant for testing, and it’s not intended for average users to run every day. Even if Google is calling this 5th beta a “release candidate” of the software.  So, if you installed Android Q but now realize some apps or games aren’t compatible or are having issues, follow these steps.

Technically you can try the recently released 5th beta, which fixed a lot of problems and is more feature-complete. After a slew of installation problems on both the 4th and 5th rollout, everything is running smoothly now. But no, Pokemon GO still doesn’t work, and a lot of banking apps still don’t work. We do expect one more beta to arrive before the official launch in August, but we don’t know when.

Luckily, Google makes it really easy to revert back to the last stable release, but that does come with one big compromise. This process will erase everything on your phone, so we recommend backing it up first. Again, Backup anything important from your phone, as downgrading to Pie will erase everything.

How to Downgrade Back to Android Pie

  1. Open your browser and to www.google.com/android/beta (Back to the Android Q beta page)
  2. Sign-in if necessary then click the View your eligible devices button
  3. From here, simply tap the Opt Out button under the device you’d like to roll back to Pie
  4. Then, confirm you’d like to proceed by clicking the blue Leave beta button
  5. Now, wait for and accept the notification to download & install Android 9 Pie

Once you opt out and officially leave the beta everything is fairly simple and straight-forward. Your Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL or Pixel 3a should get a “roll-back” update notification for the most recent (June) Android 9 Pie update within 24 hours.

This works the same way you as any software update, or how you upgraded to Android Q. Google will send your device an over-the-air (OTA) update notification. Just click “download and install” on that notification and the phone will automatically download, install, and reboot back on Android 9 Pie. All you have to do is accept the file. Here’s a note from Google about the process:

“You are about to remove this device from the Android Q Beta program. If your device is running a beta version of Android, it will be sent an OTA update that will wipe all data on the device and install the latest stable public version of Android.”

Personally, I got the update within 2 minutes of clicking the opt-out button. Basically, be ready to either do it right away or wait a little while for the system to process your request.

No Opt Out Button Available?

Depending on how you installed the Android Q beta you may or may not have the option to actually opt out from the Android beta website. If you manually installed Android Q with factory images, or downloaded and flashed the OTA file the “Opt Out” button might simply say “Opt In” instead. Don’t worry though, we’ll fix that.

If so, go ahead and tap the Opt In button and wait a minute or two, then refresh the web page or even reboot your phone. Now, the system should register that you have Android Q and you’ll see the opt-out button as shown above. Follow the steps to opt out, get the downgrade file, and proceed as usual. If it doesn’t register and change to Opt Out, reboot your phone, refresh your browser and try again.

Keep in mind that these instructions are for Google’s Pixel devices and nothing else. If you’re trying the beta on an LG G8, OnePlus 7 Pro or other devices, you’ll have to follow their own instructions. Basically, make sure you’re ready to handle the results of installing early beta software.

Let us know how the process goes in the comment section below. And, if you’d like, you can try this guide of Android Q problems and fixes first before you uninstall Android Q. If the problems are minor, consider just waiting for the global Android 10 Q release date in August.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Kemar

    03/21/2019 at 8:30 pm

    I keep opting out but not hearing the down grade sigh

  2. Rob

    06/06/2019 at 8:20 pm

    I also opted out after and although it says the download / update is available to go back to Pie, the update is on a perpetual loop that continues to say “Installing system update…” and then nothing happens. So, I’m stuck on Android Q with no ability of going back to Pie. Any suggestions on how to help?

    • Andy

      06/07/2019 at 4:14 am

      I’m having the same problem as well

    • Azim Vankani

      06/07/2019 at 9:29 pm

      Yep stuck on install for 3a XL. Let us know if anything works.

    • Keev

      06/08/2019 at 5:44 pm

      My 3a xl as well, even tried to sideload and it fails check at 50%. I’m guessing it’s a corrupt OTA file

      • Cory Gunther

        06/12/2019 at 10:56 am

        Google pulled the OTA over this and re-released it last night (June 11)

  3. Mr Matthew Denny

    06/07/2019 at 11:58 am

    Having the same issue, it’s stuck on install.

  4. Curtis Davis

    06/08/2019 at 12:05 pm

    It won’t let me download the downgrade OTA either. It just hangs going from downloading to paused. This is on wifi and cell data.

    • Cory Gunther

      06/12/2019 at 10:56 am

      Google pulled the OTA over this and re-released it last night (June 11)

      try again

  5. keever

    06/08/2019 at 5:40 pm

    I’m in the same boat, glad it’s not something I’m doing!

    • Keever

      06/08/2019 at 5:41 pm

      3a xl

  6. Bill Pitt

    07/08/2019 at 11:04 am

    The new OTA doesn’t seemed to have fixed the problem. I just tried to revert my 3a XL and the Android 9 update keeps pausing.

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