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How to Downgrade Google Pixel from Android 11 DP3 to Android 10 [Guide]

Google has released the third developer preview of Android 11 for several Pixel devices. If you’re a vigilant person like me and stay updated with the latest tech news. Then you might have shown your prowess and updated your Google Pixel software to the latest Android 11 DP3 (Developer Preview 3) on day one. The developer preview builds are not stable enough to flash on your primary device and it doesn’t bring user interface changes. So, If you want to downgrade your Pixel device to Android 10. Then, here’s the step by step guide to downgrade from Android 11 DP3 to Android 10.

Downgrade Android 11 DP3 to Android 10 on Pixel

Downgrade Android 11 DP3 to Android 10

Before downgrading the device, let’s see what Android 11 DP3 brings to the Pixel devices. Other than bug fixes and system performance, the latest developer preview brings no further changes to your device. Talking about some notable changes, then the update reverts back the previous wallpaper picker in DP3, Volume menu renamed to the Sound menu, and all notifications can be dismissed in the upcoming version of Android. Talking about the availability, then the update is available for Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL.

The Android 11 Developer Preview 3 knocks up your device with April 2020 security patch. And this build bags RPP3.200230.017 build number. You can check all the features of Android 11 Developer Preview here. Below you can check the steps to downgrade your Pixel from Android 11 DP3 to Android 10.

How to Downgrade from Android 11 DP3 to Android 10

  1. At first, you need to download and install Android SDK Platform-Tools on your system. It will enable the ADB, which allows you to downgrade the current software version to the previous one.
  2. Now you need to enable USB Debugging and OEM unlocking. Head over to the Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options. Here you need to enable OEM unlocking and USB Debugging options.
  3. Download the latest Factory Images of Android 10 for your Pixel, from here.
  4. Once downloaded, extract the zip contents to the Platform-Tools folder.
  5. Now restart your device into bootloader, For this, you need to open Platform-Tools folder then open CMD by typing CMD into the file manager’s address bar. Now enter this command.
    • adb reboot bootloader
  6. Now you need to enter this command to unlock the bootloader.
    • fastboot flashing unlock
  7. After entering this command, you’ll get a warning message. Here you need to choose “Unlock the Bootloader” option using volume keys. Then, press the power button for the confirmation, and restart your device (This process will wipe all data).
  8. Again enter this command, to dive into the fastboot mode.
    • adb reboot bootloader
  9. Once done, you need to enter the flash command, which will flash your device.
    • flash-all
  10. That’s it.

If you want to relock the bootloader then, firstly boot your device into the bootloader mode from the command mentioned in the above section. Then, enter this command to relock the bootloader.

fastboot flashing lock

Now you can start using your device running on Android 10 stable version.

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Haneet Singh
He enjoys troubleshooting with iOS & Android devices. He loves to keep in touch with the latest technology! He loves to do experiments on new Operating Systems.

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