Install Factory Android Image on Pixel 1

Note: Some of these notes were saved in a draft and going off of memory. May not be entirely complete.

Basic Steps

Basic steps to flash the factory Android image back onto a Google Pixel 1

  • Boot into the boot menu.
  • Select recovery
  • Select Apply update from ADB
  • Sideload the OTA image downloaded below
  • Reboot and resetup

Downloading OTA image

You can download the full OTA image from
https://developers.google.com/android/ota

Install GrapheneOS on Pixel 3

Installing GrapheneOS is pretty well documented on the website.

https://grapheneos.org/install

The following are mainly some of my notes. More detailed instructions are available at the above link.

OEM Unlock

Enable developer options

To enable the developer options on Android go to Settings -> About phone -> Tap on Build number until it says your a Developer.

Allow OEM unlocking

Settings -> System -> Advanced (Dropdown) -> Developer options

Allow OEM unlocking

Enable OEM unlcoking

Unlock Bootloader

Boot into the bootloader By

  • Powering down the phone
  • Start up while holding the volume down and power button

Run the following command from a computer with fastboot

sudo fastboot flashing unlock

The screen should change, hit the arrow keys to select Unlock the bootloader and confirm with the power button

Download and Verify Images

Download the proper factory image and files from https://grapheneos.org/releases

The name should say something device-factory-date.zip and device-factory-date.zip.sig
The .sig file is used to verify the image in the below section.

Verify the Keys

The commands to do this are from a Linux computer. There may be alternatives for Windows. You can technically skip this section.

Install signify

sudo apt install signify-openbsd -y

Download the public key from https://releases.grapheneos.org/factory.pub

Run and check that the key and the image match.
The following command assumes you are in the same directory as the image and factory.pub file.

sudo signify-openbsd -Cqp factory.pub -x blueline-factory-2020.03.04.16.zip.sig && echo verified

Install Factory (GrapheneOS) Image

Unzip the factory image and change directories into it

unzip blueline-factory-2020.03.04.16.zip && cd blueline-qq2a.200305.002/

Run the flash script to flash the image to your Pixel.

sudo ./flash-all.sh

Wait for it to flash, may take a long time.

NOTE: I ran into issues with the script as my version of fastboot was old. SEE PROBLEMS HEADING BELOW

Relock bootloader

Boot back up into the recovery menu and lock the boot loader with

fastboot flashing lock

Problems

  • I ran into issues running the flash-all.sh script. My version of fastboot was old. Ended up downloading a newer version and calling all the commands in the script manually.
  • Phone seemed to randomly time out or just hang when trying to run something over fastboot. Unplugging and plugging the phone back in and rerunning the command seemed to resolve the problem.

Unlock bootloader on Google Pixel (Sailfish)

Enable developer options By going to

Settings > System > About Phone > Developer options (Tap 7 times)

Enable OEM unlock in Developer settings

Reboot into recovery

If your one Verizon you may need to go through a couple extra steps to get the oem unlock to show up in the developer settings. More info here

Boot into twrp

fastboot img twrp.iso

Select the option in TWRP to sideload and sideload the Lineage iso

adb sideload lineage

Reboot install GAPPS

adb sideload gapps.zip

Install LineageOS on Google Pixel (Sailfish)

Just some notes on trying to install LineageOS on Google Pixel.

Basic install steps

  1. Unlock bootloader
  2. Boot into TWRP
  3. Wipe System and format
  4. Push LineageOS zip via adb (or other methods)
  5. Install LineageOS zip
  6. (Optional) Reboot back into TWRP and install Gapps
  7. Reboot (should boot into Lineage.  If not, try changing a/b)

Lineage 15 Official

Install guide is here.  Here are some extra notes.

Google Recovery Images (Helpful if you didn’t create a backup…)  https://developers.google.com/android/images

LineageOS Download link
https://download.lineageos.org/sailfish

Lineage OS 16 Unofficial

Helpful Links

https://forum.xda-developers.com/pixel-xl/development/rom-lineage-16-0-pixels-sailfish-marlin-t3830083

https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78350286&postcount=579

Other Notes

ADB and fastboot should be in the following directory.  May need to install them if they are not.

cd %userprofile%\appdata\local\Android\Sdk\platform-tools

Boot TWRP image using fastboot.  Run from the bootloader menu, should automatically load.

fastboot boot twrp.img

Seems like there can be some issues with the Pixel and it swapping A/B on boot.  You can use TWRP to reboot into A or B, or set it with fastboot

fastboot --set-active=b

Apparently a/b devices will show up as no os installed in TWRP

TWRP says no OS installed, system boot loops from LineageOS

Backup and restore

You can use adb to create a backup of your phone.  Not sure what all it backs up.  Once restored pictures, background, and other files seem to be there.

Backup with

adb backup -apk -shared -all -f \Path\to\folder\backup_name.ab

Restore backup with

adb restore \Path\to\folder\backup_name.ab