PSA: Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a can’t rollback to Android 12 after upgrading to Android 13

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After the first public beta release in April, Google has now released the stable version of Android 13 to the Pixel phones. The latest Android version is also available on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Google confirmed that Android 13 will be coming on more devices from third-party smartphone manufacturers later this year.


Google made Android 13 public, you can install the latest Android OS right now by heading to your device settings. However, if you installed it on the Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6 Pro, or a Google Pixel 6a, well, you won’t be able to go back to Android 12. After updating, you will be living your life with Android 13 permanently, thanks to anti-rollback protection.

According to the official information published on the Android 13 factory images page:

The Android 13 update for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 6a contains a bootloader update that increments the anti-roll back version. After flashing an Android 13 build on these devices you will not be able to flash older Android 12 builds.

Google didn’t mention any other devices, as of now, these three devices (Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a) are running the Google Tensor chipset, likely they are connected to the Google security program. Other Pixel phones are running chipsets made by Qualcomm, and have different bootloaders.

It is not a big issue, normal users don’t need to roll back to the previous version. Well, this is a stable build, there are very minor chances that you will need to roll back to the previous Android version, otherwise, don’t upgrade until you hear about it completely.

About Android 13, it brings several new features, the most notable features are the expansion of Material You’s app color theming support to third-party apps, app-level language, improved multitasking features, and better privacy controls.

Android 13 will be available to more phones outside of the Pixel family later this year, including those from Samsung, Asus, HMD Global, iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and more.

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