In this article, we will be showing you how to revert The Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro back to 100% stock firmware. This process can be needed for a number of different reasons i.e., maybe you just tried out one of Google’s latest beta programs or maybe you tried out the whole root and custom rom thing and learned that it just wasn’t for you.
No matter what the reason we can return the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro to the latest stable version of Android 12 in just a few simple steps. But before we can begin, the big requirement of this step-by-step guide is that the bootloader of Google Pixel 6 needs to be unlocked because we are going to be manually flashing firmware files.
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We will be using the Android flash tool in this guide since we had such success with it in the past but this can also be done via the command prompt. The end result is the same no matter which method you choose to go with.
If you go with the command prompt method then it requires a little bit of knowledge of the command prompt while the other method uses Chrome and the whole web adb feature that Chrome has added support for.
Here are the steps to revert the Google Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro back to stock Android 12 firmware.
Step 1: Download the firmware of the device that you are currently on from Google’s Factory Image Website. Make sure to download the exact firmware of your device and also download the latest firmware that is available on the website.
Step 2: Click on the Flash button next to the firmware name to download the firmware. On the next page, click on the blue get started button to continue. Then a pop-up will appear where you will be asked to allow ADB access. Click on allow ADB access.
Step 3: Now it will instruct you to do things which are as follow
- i) enable developer mode where you need to enable USB debugging and OEM unlocking.
- ii) Plug in your device to your PC through a USB cable.
Step 4: Once you have connected your device to your PC, click on the Add new device button at the bottom of the window.
Step 5: You will see another Popup window where your device is listed. Select your device and click on the connect button at the bottom of that window.
Step 6: After you have selected your device, you will see your device in the selected device Window and you should get a connected message at the bottom of your device name.
Step 7: As we are reverting back to stock Android, select the Wipe data option and if you want to lock the bootloader then you can select that option as well.
Step 8: Click on the Install Build button at the bottom of the Window to continue.
Step 9: A popup window will appear asking you to confirm everything that you have selected. Click on the confirm button when you are ready and want to continue.
Note: Your device will power off automatically and will boot up into fastboot mode which is normal. The process will take some time to complete so just be patient and let the Android flash tool revert your Google Pixel 6 back to 100% stock firmware.
Step 10: You will be again asked to reselect your device as you have booted into fastboot mode. Click on the Reselect device button, and a popup window will appear where you have to select your device and click on the connect button at the bottom.
Step 11: Once that is done, Chrome will start to download the firmware file. It is a fairly large file so again it will take some time and you just need to be patient and wait.
Once you see that green install complete the message, your Google Pixel 6 or the Pixel 6 Pro will reboot on it’s own and it will boot back into the Android operating system like normal. You can unplug the USB cable once you see your device is booting back into Android. This first boot back into Android will take some more time as we did factory data reset during the process so again just be patient. When you see the Android activation page, set your device like you normally do.
That’s it. You have now reverted back to the 100% stable stock Android 12 firmware which you can check by going into the About page section in the settings app. This process will return you back to stable stock Android 12 OS no matter what is on your device. Whether you are on a custom rom on a custom kernel or on a beta build of an upcoming Android version or even if you have just installed Magisk manager. You can just revert back to a stable stock Android build using this guide.
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