How To Download Android 8.1 Oreo OS Update
Google has been on quite a roll when it comes to releasing Android OS updates. The Android 7.0, Android 7.1, Android 8.0 and Android 8.1 OS updates have been much faster compared to their previous updates. However, while questions are being raised as to what the company wants to achieve by releasing new updates so rapidly while a majority of devices are still on Android 6.0 or lower versions. In any case, the Android 8.1 OS update was announced today – and it is available as a developers preview.
How To Download Android 8.1 Oreo OS Update?
Step 1: Register with the Android Beta Program (Skip If Already Registered)
The Android 8.1 OS update is available only in a developer’s preview phase as of now. This means it is only available for those users who are registered with the Android Beta Program, or for those who have an unlocked bootloader. Here’s how to register with the Android Beta program:
- Head over to www.android.com/beta
- Once there, log in with the e-mail ID you use to log in to your device.
- You will then be shown a list of eligible devices, select the device and tap on ‘Enroll Now’.
Step 2: Flash the Android 8.1 OS update from here:
When flashing the image manually on to your phone, always ensure that you are using a stable internet connection to download the file, and while installing it, always make sure that you have a sufficient battery life (at least 80%). It is also important to back up your data before updating your device manually.
Step 3: OTA Update
For those who aren’t as tech savvy and are not sure as to how to download and install the updates manually, Google is going to release OTA updates soon. All you need to do is to ensure that you are registered on to the Android Beta Program.
Wondering what’s new in Android 8.1? Here’s our complete list of updates.