There exist three methods for the installation of Android 14: manual, assisted, and opt-in. The manual installation is suitable for advanced users, while the assisted approach is user-friendly enough for virtually anyone to undertake. Should you choose the manual or assisted route, the process of installing Android 14 will necessitate the unlocking of the phone’s bootloader, resulting in the complete erasure of the phone’s data. This is an unavoidable step, and it’s crucial to bear this in mind if you’re contemplating installing Android 14 on your primary device.
In contrast, the opt-in method eliminates the need for a factory reset of your phone. This method seamlessly transitions you from stable Android 13 to Android 14. However, reverting to Android 13 would demand a factory reset. It’s vital to consider this aspect before you proceed with the transition. If you’re ready to opt in, you can follow the step-by-step instructions provided by Google for the Android 14 beta.
Regardless of the chosen method—manual, assisted, or opt-in—once you have successfully installed Android 14 as a beta version, you won’t be required to perform factory resets for future updates. Subsequent updates will be delivered automatically via over-the-air (OTA) updates. In essence, undergoing a factory reset is a one-time requirement to access Android 14.
Preparation for Android 14 Installation
Unless you choose to opt into the beta program, it’s essential to gather the necessary materials and meet certain prerequisites before initiating the process. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A computer running Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, or Linux, equipped with internet access and the latest version of the Chrome browser.
- A short, robust USB cable to connect your phone to the computer. It’s advisable to use the original USB cable that came with the phone.
Before you proceed to the subsequent steps, ensure that you have all the required components ready. Being adequately prepared is crucial to avoid any disruptions during the Android 14 installation process. Once you’re fully equipped, proceed by following either the assisted or manual installation procedures outlined below.
Using the assisted method to install Android 14
NOTE, Using the assisted method to install Android 14 on your smartphine, this process will unlock your bootloader and completely erase all your phone’s data.
- Ensure that your computer is equipped with the appropriate drivers tailored for your phone, which can be obtained from Google’s dedicated Pixel drivers page. This step is of utmost importance—neglecting it will result in an unsuccessful flashing process.
- Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable.
- Navigate to your phone’s Settings and access the System > Developer options section. In case you don’t find Developer options, head to Settings > About phone and scroll down until you locate the Build number. Tap the Build number seven times consecutively until your phone confirms your developer status. This should activate Developer options.
- Within Developer options, activate both OEM unlocking and USB debugging.
- Visit the Android Flash Tool webpage to initiate the Android 14 installation process.
- Choose the desired version of Android 14 that you intend to install. Some models offer a 64-bit-only variant, while others provide a version that accommodates both 32-bit and 64-bit software. Either version is suitable. If you’re unsure which one to opt for, select the version labeled “(signed)” since it supports both 64-bit and 32-bit software.
- Follow the provided steps as the flashing tool manages the procedure on your behalf. Adhere to the instructions provided and avoid interacting with your phone unless explicitly directed to do so by the flashing tool.
All done, you should now have Android 14 installed on your Pixel smartphone.
Using the manual method to install Android 14
In the event that the more straightforward assisted approach detailed above doesn’t yield the desired outcome, you have the option to explore the manual methods. There are primarily two manual techniques available:
1. Sideloading OTA packages via ADB and Recovery: This method proves advantageous for Pixel devices featuring a locked bootloader, and for users aiming to retain data when transitioning from Android 14 to Android 14. It’s worth noting that this approach is not advisable for those upgrading from Android 13 to Android 14.
2. Flashing Factory Images through Fastboot: This method requires a bootloader that has been unlocked, and it’s the recommended route for upgrading from Android 13 to Android 14. However, it’s important to emphasize that unlocking the bootloader results in a complete wipe of your device. The Fastboot installation process will also involve device data being wiped again, although this behavior can be modified.
Regardless of the method you opt for, there are certain standard procedures that you must have in order:
1. Install ADB on your computer by referring to our guide for the same. This installation process also automatically includes Fastboot on your computer, as Fastboot is integrated into the Android SDK Platform Tools alongside ADB.
2. Ensure that USB Debugging is enabled on your smartphone:
– On your smartphone, navigate to Settings > About Phone.
– Locate the entry for Build Number. Tap on it seven times. A toast message will appear, indicating “You are now a developer” or “No need, you are already a developer.” This confirms the unlocking of Developer Options on your device and adds a new entry to your Settings menu.
– Proceed to Settings > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging. When prompted with a warning, confirm your selection.
3. Make sure that your computer possesses the appropriate drivers for your phone, which can be obtained from Google’s Pixel drivers page.
4. Connect your phone to the computer. If this is the initial connection between your phone and your computer, a prompt will appear on your phone requesting authorization for the connection. Grant the authorization.
Having accomplished these steps, you have laid the foundation for the subsequent stages of the tutorial, based on the installation method you decide to pursue.