Once updated to Android 13, Google Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a cannot be downgraded

Enrique, 16 August 2022

Today, Google surprised everyone with the public release of Android 13 – now rolling out to eligible Pixel phones. Once updated to Android 13, the latest generation of Pixels: 6, 6 Pro, and 6a will not be able to revert to Android 12.

Warning: 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.

The change is listed on the Android 13 Factory Images page for Pixel phones, but there’s no mention of the anti-roll back feature on older Pixel devices. Though the reason isn’t confirmed, it is presumed that the Pixel 6 lineup with its Google Tensor chip is enough for Google to protect its devices from future exploits. The anti-roll back feature is an intended security measure that is now starting to go into effect for Google Pixel phones.

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Android 13 brings a refined Material You theme with enhanced “Now Playing” card visuals and more granular app permissions controls such as allowing an app to access one item without giving access to all internal storage. There’s also support for Spatial Audio, Bluetooth LE Audio, and support for streaming sound to multiple devices at once.



Reader comments

  • sin
  • 26 Aug 2022
  • pJw

yeah Xiaomi does screws up constantly. they have done so much that has been bad there had a line of gaming phones powered by mediatek before a mediatek flagship processor was made then mediatek got flagship processor now Xiaomi put sn...

  • sin
  • 26 Aug 2022
  • pJw

Am not no cave man old style flip phones hell no i rather not have a phone at all then have that crap what i can't stand is this kinda thing happening all the time with software updates putting u on a android version that may or ma...

  • Zero
  • 23 Aug 2022
  • L8$

Funny story Snapdragon 865 ALLOWS to play 60 FPS Genshin Impact. And makes me wonder... where Qualcomm did screw up? The only true succesor is the Mediatek Dimensity 8100... except in the Poco X4 GT and that is thanks to Xiaomi who screws it consta...

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