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How to Downgrade the Pixel From Android Q Back to Pie

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In this guide we’ll show you 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 phones and tablets, and a lot of people rushed to install it.

And while the Android Q beta is fairly stable now that we’re on the 3rd release, it’s still early software meant for testing, and not intended for average users to run daily. So, if you installed Android Q but now realize some apps or games aren’t compatible or are having problems, here’s how to go back to Pie.

Technically you can try the just released 3rd beta, which fixed a lot of problems and is more feature-complete, but it still has issues too. And no, Pokemon GO still doesn’t work. So, if you’re facing issues or need more stability on your daily phone you can “roll-back” to Android 9 Pie.

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 or Pixel 3 XL should get a “roll-back” update notification for the most recent (May) 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. 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.

If so, go ahead and tap the Opt In button and wait a minute or two, then refresh the web page. Now, the system will register you have Android Q and you should see the same Opt Out button as our image above. Go ahead and follow the steps to opt out, get the downgrade file, and proceed as usual.

Keep in mind that these instructions are for Google’s Pixel devices. If you’re trying the beta on an LG G8, OnePlus 6T or other devices, you’ll have to wait for LG or OnePlus to offer instructions to revert to Pie. Basically, make sure you’re ready to handle the results of installing early 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 before you revert back to Pie.

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  1. Kemar

    03/21/2019 at 8:30 pm

    I keep opting out but not hearing the down grade sigh

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