Google’s Pixel 6 series can’t roll back from Android 13 to Android 12

What you need to know

  • Pixel 6 owners who have upgraded to stable Android 13 won’t be able to roll back to Android 12.
  • This is due to a new bootloader update that “increments the anti-roll back version.”
  • It only applies to Google’s most recent flagship phones, as well as the Pixel 6a.

Google has warned Pixel 6 owners that if they upgrade to Android 13, they will no longer be able to downgrade to Android 12.

The company posted the warning on the Android 13 factory images page (opens in new tab)saying that 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.” Android 13 rolled out to Google’s Pixel phones yesterday.

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