Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a users were in for a pleasant surprise as Google silently released the February 2014 firmware image, bringing minor yet noteworthy enhancements to their devices. This unexpected update caught many users off guard, sparking curiosity and excitement within the Pixel community. Despite its modest size, the update promised to address specific performance optimizations and security patches, ensuring a smoother and more secure user experience. As Pixel enthusiasts eagerly downloaded the firmware, speculation arose about potential hidden features or improvements waiting to be discovered. With Google’s reputation for delivering timely updates and innovative features, users were eager to uncover the subtle enhancements that awaited them within the latest firmware release.
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Download and Install Google Pixel 5/4a Android 14 Beta 1 Firmware Image
This article will be divided into two steps/parts; the first will treat how you can unlock the bootloader of Google Pixel and Nexus devices. Then, the second will handle how to flash the firmware to the devices you unlocked.
Nevertheless, there are things you should know before going on to do any of these actions.
- Google Pixel 5/4a.
The battery level of the proposed Pixel/Nexus device should be above 80 percent.
In case of data loss, please back up the device so you can quickly restore the previous files and settings.
This method is purely for Google Pixel or Nexus devices only.
Install ADB Drivers- Essential Step
- You can use minimal adb and fastboot drivers when using Windows OS.
Part One (1): Unlocking Bootloader in Google Pixel 5/4a
Before firmware can be flashed to any device, the device’s bootloader must be unlocked. You cannot flash the firmware to that device unless you unlock a bootloader. However, do not worry; we also included how to unlock the bootloader in Google Pixel/Nexus mobile devices.
Unlocking the bootloader in Google Nexus and Pixel smartphones is quite comfortable. This also implies that it is easy to flash the firmware or install custom kernels/ROM on these Google devices. So, if you’ve got a Google device, either Pixel or Nexus, irrespective of the model, you can unlock the bootloader and flash a new firmware to the device.
First, you must unlock the device’s bootloader (i.e., if the device has not been previously unlocked). On the other hand, if the device has been unlocked, flash it following the procedures listed in part two of this article.
Note: This will automatically factory reset your device, so that is why we advised you to run a backup before engaging in this action
- On your Mobile, Go to Settings>>About>>Tap 7-10 times on Build number to enable the developer options>>Developer options>Enable Oem Unlock.
- Attach your mobile device to your laptop using USB.
- The device should be started in fastboot mode.
- Switch off your device. Then, enter Bootloader mode. To do this, press and hold the Volume Down + Power buttons simultaneously for some time.
Press the Volume Up button to continue when you see the warning message.
Connect the Google Pixel 5/4a Mobile to the computer via a USB cable.
Launch the fastboot on your computer. Next, open a command prompt on your PC and type the command below.
- fastboot devices
- If you don’t get the mobile phone, restart the command prompt, disconnect, and connect your Pixel 7/Pro. It should display the connected devices. If you are detected, type the below commands.
- When the fastboot devices command doesn’t work, You can use the adb devices command.
- Utilizing the adb tools, If the device is switched on, perform the following:
- flashing fastboot unlock
- Wait for the process to complete. After the process is complete, Your mobile will restart.
Part Two (2): Flash Google Pixel 5/4a Android 14 Beta 1 Firmware Image (redfin, sunfish)
After unlocking the bootloader, here are the steps to flash the firmware on Google Pixels or Nexus devices.
Download the respective ADB drivers and install them on your system. (Windows / Mac )
Download the Google Pixel 5/4a Android 14 Beta 1 Firmware file/ AFH Mirror and copy the files to your Desktop Google folder (Create one folder in the Desktop). Extract the firmware file. All the extracted files should be in the Desktop/Google folder. Please don’t put it in a separate folder inside the Google Folder.
- Pixel 5 Android 14.zip
Launch the Command prompt in the folder and enter the following code – cd/Username/Desktop/Google.
Now, connect the Android mobile using a suitable USB cable.
On the Pixel 5 device, turn on USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking; go to device settings >>> developer options >>> enable OEM unlocking. After allowing OEM Unlocking, power off the device.
Make sure your mobile is detected by the system you’re using for this action, then type the following command
You’d see the device ID if the system detected the mobile device. However, if you didn’t get the device IS, retry again.
- Power the device into bootloader mode and follow the guide below.
Press and hold down the Volume Down button for about 2 – 3 seconds
While holding the “volume down” button, press the “Power key” and hold on to it for some seconds.
Now, release all the keys/buttons.
Use any Volume keys to switch from START to Fastboot Option. You’ll receive a warning message, but you have to ignore the warning and continue below.
Press and hold the Power Key, then the Volume Up button. The mobile device will load to Fastboot mode.
After that, enter the below comments in Command Prompt.
After entering the above command, the new firmware will be flashed on your Pixel 5 device. Reboot and start using.
You have just learned to unlock the Google Pixel 5/4a bootloader and flash the Android 14 Beta 1 firmware. Since the Stable Android 14 comes only after September 2022, You can use the Beta versions. Ensure you observe the warning we shared to avoid bricking the device due to carelessness. Also, this tutorial is only for Google Pixels devices; other Android devices have their ways of unlocking their bootloader. Furthermore, use the tools listed here and download the correct firmware for the specified device. If you cannot do these independently, visit an Android technician to handle them. Your comments are appreciated; hence, we hope to see what you say about this tutorial; share them below.
Selva Ganesh is the Chief Editor of this Blog. He is a Computer Science Engineer, An experienced Android Developer, Professional Blogger with 8+ years in the field. He completed courses about Google News Initiative. He runs Android Infotech which offers Problem Solving Articles around the globe.