In this guide, we are going to walk you through the process that will help you to Downgrade Android Oreo to Nougat firmware, if you don’t like the new firmware or to solve a particular issue that occurred since upgrading to Android 8.0 version. Google released the official update of Android 8.0 Oreo recently for its Pixel and Nexus smartphones. Although the new update is stable, but if your device’s performance degraded after upgrading to Android O, then you can easily revert back to the previous Android Nougat. Process of downgrading from Android 8.0 Oreo to stock Nougat isn’t too complex. See the guide below to Downgrade from Android Oreo to Android Nougat manually.
Many users of Pixel and Nexus phones have already updated to a stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo that Google released for public just recently. However, being the first major firmware update certain performance issues are to be expected with Android O on some devices, as has already been mentioned by many Pixel and Nexus users. If you are one of those facing issues since upgrading to Android 8.0 Oreo, then we are at the right place because here you’ll learn how to Downgrade to Nougat from Android Oreo easily.
- Please be careful while performing the steps mentioned below to avoid bricking your device. We will not be responsible for any damage to your device.
- The method below hasn’t been fully tested yet, so it may not work on some devices.
- Make sure to backup data of your Android device before starting.
- Make sure USB debugging and OEM Unlock are enabled on your device: Settings > Developer Options (enable developer option from About Phone > and tap seven times on device’s build number). Skip this steps if the option is already enabled.
- Also ensure that the device has over 60% charging remaining to avoid device shutdown during the process.
You will need to have factory Images of Android Nougat for Pixel/Nexus, or whatever device model you are using to perform downgrade process. Here is the link to download Pixel/Nexus Nougat Factory Images.
How to Downgrade from Android Oreo to Android Nougat
1 – Download Nougat factory image for your device model from the above link.
2 – Extract the factory image file and copy its content to ADB and Fastboot folder on computer.
3 – Go to ADB directory (where you installed ADB & Fastboot on PC), press and hold SHIFT key + right-click on an empty space inside the folder and select Open command window here from the context menu to launch the command prompt.
4 – Connect your device to computer and enter the following command to activate the fastboot mode.
adb reboot bootloader
5 – Once in the Fastboot mode, check your device’s connection by entering the following command. This is required to ensure you device is properly connected to prevent any chance of error. If the command return the device’s serial number, you are all set to proceed further.
6 – Now type the following command and hit enter:
fastboot flashing unlock
(If the above command doesn’t work, try this command: fastboot oem unlock)
7 – This will reboot your device into bootloader mode.
8 – Navigate to the unzipped system image directory in the command prompt.
9 – Next, enter flash-all.bat command to unzip the image files and install the bootloader, baseband firmware(s), and operating system. This steps will install Android Nougat system image files on Pixel and Nexus phones.
10 – In case you want to lock your device once more, enter the following command and hit enter key:
fastboot flashing lock
fastboot oem lock (for older devices)
11 – That’s all.
You have managed to downgrade Pixel/Nexus from Android Oreo to Nougat using the easiest method currently available for Android devices. For further assistance, do send you queries in the comments section below.