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- May 2, 2020 at 6:34 PM #112413Sibananda SahuKeymaster
Essential is shutting down and the only smartphone from the company, Essential Phone may not get the official Android 11. Despite that you can!
In this article I am going to present how to install Android 11 on Essential Phone.
Other Android 11 or 10 Downloads for Essential Phone
Android 11 may be unstable at this moment because this is a developer preview build.
So, if you want to switch back to Android 10 on Essential Phone, then below are some of the custom ROMs available:
– LineageOS 17.1 download
– Android 10 download
– Bliss ROM Android 10 download
– RR Android 10 downloadTo install this Android 11 you need to have an unlock bootloader on the phone which will delete all the data.
Make sure you BACKUP all the data and all the partitions of your phone before installing.
You are the only person making changes to your phone and I cannot be held responsible for anything wrong done by you.
Where to Download Android 11 for Essential Phone?
- Android 11 DP2 GSI (or) Android 11 DP1 GSI
- Latest Venodr image
- Boot image with Wifi Fix
- Bootloader unlock guide – required to install the GSI image
- Windows USB drivers (in case required)
- ADB and Fastboot installed on your Windows PC or Linux or MAC.
– 15 Seconds ADB Installer for Windows
– Minimal ADB and Fastboot for Windows
– ADB Fastboot for Linux and MAC
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 unlockThis 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.
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.
- Download and extract the Android 11 GSI and the vendor image file and keep it in your PC.
- 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.
- 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
- Flash the Android 11 system image using the below fastboot command on a command prompt or a terminal:
fastboot flash system_a system.img
- Flash the modified boot image using the below fastboot command on a command prompt or a terminal:
fastboot flash boot_a unsigned-new.img
- Select the slot_a as the active slot
fastboot set_active a
- Erase and format the user data partition
fastboot erase userdata
fastboot format userdata
- Once done reboot the phone normally
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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