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Download and Install Android 11 on Essential Phone

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How to Install Android 11 on Essential Phone?

This installation process requires few guides to be followed and few files to be downloaded. Everything referred in the below guide is provided in the above downloads section.

Preparing to Install Android 11

It is not a straight forward task like installing an APK file on Android. Follow this guide to prepare the phone and make the necessary system setup.

  • First, download and install the latest fastboot utility.
    Follow the links given in the above downloads section to install and configure Fastboot successfully.
  • Then, Unlock the bootloader of Essential Phone
    Reboot your phone to fastboot mode, connect to PC and then execute the below command on a command or terminal window:
    fastboot flashing unlock
    This will delete all the data on your phone. You may consider backing-up your phone data.
    Backup data on Android

Installing Android 11 on Essential Phone

By now, you should have an unlocked bootloader on your Essential Phone phone. Follow the below steps to install Android 11.

  1. Download and extract the Android 11 GSI and the vendor image file and keep it in your PC.
  2. Boot into the bootloader mode.
    Press and hold the Power button + Volume Down button to boot into bootloader or fastboot mode.

    – By now the phone’s bootloader must be unlocked. If not done, go back, do it now and then proceed.
  3. Flash the vendor image file using fastboot command on the PC. Execute the below command on a command prompt or a terminal:
    fastboot flash vendor_a vendor-QQ1A.200105.088.img
  4. Flash the Android 11 system image using the below fastboot command on a command prompt or a terminal:
    fastboot flash system_a system.img
  5. Flash the modified boot image using the below fastboot command on a command prompt or a terminal:
    fastboot flash boot_a unsigned-new.img
  6. Select the slot_a as the active slot
    fastboot set_active a
  7. Erase and format the user data partition
    fastboot erase userdata
    fastboot format userdata
  8. Once done reboot the phone normally

If you know that the _a slot already has some working images and you don’t want to mess those partitions, then you can flash all the images to the slot _b and then mark that as active.

– If you have followed the above steps correctly, then you would be running Android 11 on Essential Phone.

Once installed, Essential Phone, you may want to ROOT or in stall GCam on the phone. You may get relevant information regarding this in the below sections.

How to Get GCam for Essential Phone on Android 11?

GCam for Essential Phone Android 11
GCam 7.0 and later versions are compatible with Android 11 ROM in general.
You can always look into the big list of GCam APK download page to get a compatible GCam for your phone.

That’s all on installing Android 11 on Essential Phone. If you face any issues while following this guide or unable to flash or the Android 11 is not booting or something like that then, you can always leave a reply to get a response from other users.

Stay tuned or Subscribe to the Essential Phone (mata) forum For other Android Pie, Android Oreo ROMs, Nougat ROMs, or other ROMs and all other device specific topics.

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