Download and Install Android 11 on Essential Phone

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    Sibananda Sahu
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    The latest Android 11 released and the same is now available for Essential Phone via an Android 11 custom ROM build. This is a step-by-step guide that explains how to update Essential Phone to Android 11.

    Download Android 11 for Essential Phone

    DISCLAIMER:
    You need to understand that, Installing a custom ROM requires advanced knowledge to modify the underlying firmware on your phone, such as bootloader unlock, custom recovery installation etc.
    If not done properly it may leave you phone unusable temporarily or permanently!

    Android 11 ROMs for Essential Phone

    Below are the Android 11 custom ROMs available for Essential Phone. Each link has it’s own set of guide that explains how to install the custom ROM on the phone.

    Other Requirements to Install Android 11 ROM on Essential Phone

    To be able to install any Android 11 ROM build on the phone, it must have an unlocked bootloader and a compatible custom recovery installed.
    So, to make it easier for you, we have included appropriate guides on how to unlock bootloader and install recovery in the below sections.

    Plus, the custom ROMs usually lack any Google Apps like: Google Play, Google Maps, etc. out of the box. So, the post installation requiremnt is, GApps for Android 11, which is also included in the below guide.

    How to Update Essential Phone to Android 11?

    Installing Android 11 requires an unlocked bootloader and a custom recovery installed on the phone. This is the reason the entire installation guide is divided into three parts as below:

    • Unlocking bootloader on the phone
    • Installing Custom Recovery on the phone
    • Installing the Android 11 ROM on the phone
    1. Unlock Bootloader on Essential Phone

      Essential Phone bootloader unlock guide. A step-by step guide that explains how to unlock bootloader of Essential Phone.

      The bootloader must be unlocked on the phone before you can flash the Android 11 custom ROM build!
    2. Install custom recovery on Essential Phone

      Custom recoveries are needed to flash any of these Android custom ROMs on Essential Phone. Below is a list of step-by step guides that explains how to install custom recovery such as TWRP or OrangeFox recovery on Essential Phone.

    3. Install Android 11 on Essential Phone

      1. Download one of the available Android 11 ROM for Essential Phone and copy it into the phone or keep in the PC if you intend to install using ADB sideload.
      2. Enter into recovery and Wipe data, Cache, System and clean Dalvik cache.
        – Make sure you don’t wipe or format Internal memory here. Otherwise you will lose all your phone data!

        Here is a step-by-step guide on how to wipe data using TWRP recovery

        This step will erase the current firmware and may erase all data from the phone. You may choose to keep a backup of important data and the relevant boot and system partition so that you can rollback if the new build doesn’t work properly.
      3. Install Android 11 using TWRP recovery
        (OR)
        Use ADB Sideload to install the Android 11 ROM zip file.
        You can use any one of the above mentioned method to install the zip file on the phone.
      4. Download and Install Android 11 GApps for this ROM.

        – This is a guide that explains how to install Android 11 GApps using custom recovery.
        – Basically, The GApps package provides basic Google Play Services, Play Store application and other Google Applications.
      5. Once done, reboot the phone to boot into Android 11 on Essential Phone.

    Add-on Downloads

    Well, after installing the Android 11 zip file you are done with the Android 11 installation for your phone. But, there are few add-on packages that you can install to unleash the real capabilities of your phone.

    Below are some of the extra little things which you can install on top of the Android 11 ROM on your Essential Phone.

    Rooting

    Currently, Magisk is the only thing that is actively developed and supports Android 11 rooting.
    You can either follow this Android 11 Rooting guide or the Magisk rooting guide to enable root.

    Google Camera

    Google Camera or shortened as GCam, usually brings better images on your existing camera setup.
    Search a compatible Google Camera or visit this Android 11 GCam page to downlaod a GCam port for your phone that may run on this Android 11 ROM.

    That’s all on updating the Essential Phone to Android 11! If you face any issue, then you can comment below.
    Visit the Essential Phone (mata) page to get other Android 11 ROMs or other device specific topics.

     


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