forget about downgrading return to Android 12 if you decide to install Android 13 on your Pixel 6 smartphone. How come? At least according to Google’s developer website , this is because of a bootloader update.

PIXEL 6 devices cannot be downgraded to Android 12 after installing Android 13 Google explicitly stated: After flashing an Android 13 build on these devices, you won’t be able to flash previous Android 12 versions. The Android 13 upgrade for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 6a also has a bootloader update that increases the anti-rollback version.

Yesterday, the Android 13 stable update for Pixel phones began to trickle out. It appears that only the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a are covered by this policy. Or, all Google-branded products that include the Google Tensor SoC.

Advertisement A TENSOR SOC IS NOT required for Pixel phones to return to Android 12. The Pixel 4a series and other Pixel devices that are receiving the upgrade, for example, the Pixel 5a 5G, will still be able to be downgraded to Android 12.

So, consider your update carefully. It’s not that you shouldn’t update; rather, you might want to hold off for a few days to make sure the Android 13 build that Google released is free of significant issues.

It’s also important to note that leaving the Android 13 beta test group is simple. Once you’ve upgraded to Android 13, go to Google’s beta website and unsubscribe. You won’t lose any data in the process; you’ll only cease to be a beta tester.

Advertisement However, if you choose to continue participating, you will have first access to test versions of upcoming Android 13 feature drops. So, the choice is yours. It would not be a terrible idea to stick with the stable build if you use your Pixel phones every day.

Click here to learn more about Android 13, Google’s newest version of the operating system. We had a long conversation about it.


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