While most of the Android users have been waiting for the latest software update, some users are trying to downgrade from Android Oreo to Android Nougat. The update has been landed for Pixel and Nexus users. For any reason, if you are looking for the way to go back to the Android Nougat version of the OS then you are in luck.

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Well, it’s obvious that every new update comes with some bugs and issues. Thus, people device to revert to the stable lower version. If you have updated your phone to Android 8.0 Oreo and it doesn’t stand up on your wishes, then you might want to downgrade from Android 8.0 Oreo to Android 7.1.2 Nougat on your Nexus and Pixel device. The process is quite simple to downgrade from Oreo to Nougat, you just need to download stock Nougat firmware and follow few simple steps to go back to the Android Nougat. Here are those steps.

How to Downgrade from Android Oreo to Android NougatHow to Downgrade Android 8.0 Oreo to Android 7.1.2 Nougat [Pixel and Nexus]

Note: Currently, the Android Oreo is only available for Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and Nexus Player. Thus, this method works only for these few selected devices.

Ensure that you have the complete backup of your important data. Because you need to flash the Android Nougat factory image on your device and it needs to the unlocked bootloader on your device. Your entire device’s data will be erased while flashing the factory image for Android Nougat.

Download Android 7.1.2 Nougat Firmware file for Google’s devices


Pixel XL:

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Pixel C: Download link
Nexus 6P: Download link
Nexus 5X: Download link
Nexus Player: Download link

Step #1. Download and Install ADB and Fastboot on your PC.

Step #2. Enable USB debugging via heading to SettingsDeveloper option → enable USB debugging.

If you are not seeing developer option in the setting, then go to System → About Phone→ tap on the Build Number 7 to 8 times. Now you will see the developer option on your device.

Step #3. Next, unzip the factory image file in ADB and Fastboot holder.

Step #4. Now go to the ADB folder, press and hold “shift” key and right-click anywhere in the folder and select “Open command windows here”.

Step #5. Now, boot your phone in fastbood mode. To do that, switch off your phone first and hold the Volume Down + Power Button.

Step #6. Connect your device to PC via USB cable in fastboot mode.

Step #7. Enter below command in command prompt windows to check your connection.

fastboot devices

Step #8. Now, unlock the bootloader of your phone via entering following command.

fastboot flashing unlock

If the above command doesn’t work, you can try below one.

fastboot oem unlock

Step #9. Go to the ADB folder where you have saved the Android Nougat files and run the “flash-all” file. Now the flashing process will start on your phone, this will take some time.

Step #10. Once the installation process completed, you will need to reboot your device.

You’re done!

We hope you perfectly followed these steps and successfully downgraded your Nexus or Pixel from Android Oreo to Nougat. My I know the exact reason for going back to the lower version? Don’t hesitate, just drop the comments.