How to rollback Android Q beta and downgrade to Android Pie

Downgrade to Android Pie

It’s been a couple of days since the release of Android Q beta and obviously, this version is targeting app developers who want to test and ready their apps by the time the stable version is released in Q3 2019. Still, this doesn’t mean that regular users can’t install this build on eligible Google Pixel phones.

Being the initial release that it is, Android Q beta in its current form is in no way software that we can recommend for use as a daily driver. The software, which is unstable and still full of bugs and half-baked features, is meant for nerdy people and that’s just that. But for some reason, probably out of sheer excitement, you happened to make the switch to Q beta and now, for obvious reasons, you don’t like having it on your primary device.

The solution to this is either wait for the next beta update that will iron out some of these bugs (and in the process introduce others) and fully activate the greyed out features or simply opt out of the beta program and get back to previously installed software that worked fine without any issues. That is, the stable Android 9 Pie.

How to go back to Android Pie from Android Q beta [Downgrade]

Well, Google has an easy way of opting your device out of the latest Android Q beta program and we have detailed it the few steps below:

  1. Make sure you have taken appropriate backup of your apps and data. That’s because when you rollback Android Q to install Pie update back, you will lose all your date as the system will perform a mandatory ‘wipe data/factory reset’ while installing the older version of Android.
  2. Visit the Android Beta page on the desktop browser or your Android phone.
    • Make sure you are signed in with the same ID which you are using on the Android Q phone.
  3. Click on the View your eligible devices button.
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  4. The page will scroll down to devices section where you can see your Pixel device(s).
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  5. Tap on Opt out to leave the beta program on the device running Android Q.
    • Opt out button not available? Well, if you installed Android Q via fastboot mode using a system image file (not OTA), you may not see the ‘Opt out’ button there. Instead, even on an Android Q running device, you will see the ‘Opt in’ button only. In that case, simply tap on ‘Opt in’ button and then refresh the page. Google will detect you have Android Q installed, and will give you ‘Opt out’ button now in place of ‘Opt in’ button.
  6. Your Google Pixel phone will receive a software update within 24 hours and while the update will take you back the previous stable version of Android 9 Pie available for your device, doing so will wipe all user data on the device.

Let us know if you need any help with downgrading from Android Q to Android Pie.


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