Download and Install Android 11 GSI on Mi A2

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    Currently Android 11 is in BETA which is only available for Pixel devices as Developer previews. One such Android 11 for Mi A2 is available to install, which is otherwise a Developer preview ported from Pixel 2.

    This Android 11 for Mi A2 is brought to you by Erfan Abdi (erfanoabdi) via a GSI. If you appreciate his efforts, you may wish to donate to him.

    In this posts I am presenting a step-by-step guide on how to install Android 11 on Mi A2 using a GSI.

    Mi A2 Android 11 Download

    To install Android 11 on the phone you need to have an unlock bootloader.
    Make sure you BACKUP all the data and all the partitions of your phone before installing this ROM.

    You are the only person making changes to your phone and I cannot be held responsible for anything wrong done by you.

    Other Android 11 or 10 Downloads for Mi A2

    Android 11 is highly unstable at this moment because this is a developer preview build and no proper vendor image is available for Mi A2 that can run the Android 11 very smoothly.

    So, if you want to switch back to Android 10 on Mi A2, then below are some of the custom ROMs available:
    LineageOS 17.1 download
    Android 10 download
    Bliss ROM Android 10 download
    RR Android 10 download

    Known issues on Mi A2 Android 11

    – Reported to be Buggy but have a smoother experience

     

    Where to Download Android 11 for Mi A2?

    How to Install Android 11 on Mi A2?

    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 on Mi A2

    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, Unlock the bootloader of Mi A2
      This will delete all the data on your phone. You may consider complete backup of your phone data.
      Backup data on Android
    • Then, download and install the latest fastboot utility.
      Follow the links given in the above downloads section to install and configure Fastboot successfully.
    • Download and install the TWRP recovery on Mi A2.
      TWRP download link for Mi A2 is given above.
      After downloading TWRP, follow the guide given above that explains how to install TWRP.

    Installing Android 11 on Mi A2

    By now, you should have an unlocked bootloader and a TWRP installed on your Mi A2 phone. Follow the below steps to install Android 11.

    1. Download and extract the Android 11 GSI file and keep it in your PC. Download the Pixel experience ROM and copy it to the phone.
    2. Boot into the TWRP recovery mode.
      Press and hold the Power button + Volume Up button to boot into recovery mode.

      – If you don’t have the TWRP recovery in this mode, then you might have done something wrong while flashing it in the previous step.
      Flash the TWRP again and come back here.
    3. Wipe system, data, and cache partition from the TWRP recovery.
      – Here is a guide explaining how to wipe using TWRP recovery.
    4. Set the slot _b as the active slot. Select the below in TWRP:
      TWRP home screen > Reboot > Change Slot > Select B
    5. ADB sideload the Pixel Experience ROM zip file
      (or)
      just flash the zip using TWRP or any other recovery.

      It is important to install the Pixel Experience ROM because the vendor image from this ROM is only able to boot the Android 11 on Mi A2.
    6. Once the flashing is done, reboot the phone to fastboot mode and connect the phone to the PC.
      Press and hold the Power button + Volume Down button to boot into fastboot mode.
    7. Set the slot _a as the active slot. Execute the below command on command prompt or terminal:
      fastboot set_active a
    8. Flash the Android 11 image on the slot _a using fastboot command on the PC. Execute the below command on a command prompt or a terminal:
      fastboot flash system_a Pixel-AB-R-20200403-ErfanGSI.img
    9. Once done reboot the phone normally.

    – If you have followed the above steps correctly, then you would be running Android 11 on Mi A2. By default this does not have any GApps. Install the Google Play Services APK if you need GApps.

    Once installed, Mi A2, 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 Mi A2 on 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 Mi A2. 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 the users.

    Stay tuned or Subscribe to the Mi A2 (jasmine) forum For other Android Pie, Android Oreo ROMs, Nougat ROMs, or other ROMs and all other device specific topics.

    ? GCam APK | LineageOS

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