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bcsman

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Oct 22, 2021
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I just bought a used Pixel 2 XL and it is really in great shape. It came with Android 11 installed and I'm not so sure I like it. If I do a factory reset will it go back to the Android version that was installed new, think 8 or 9? Or will it just wipe things and come back with Android 11? I'm somewhat confused on what the term factory reset implies. Thanks....
 

Strephon Alkhalikoi

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A factory reset completely wipes the data partition of the device, resulting in a device with no apps when you reboot. The phone retains the version of Android it currently has. So long as yours is NOT a Verizon unit you can use a factory image from Google and fastboot commands to install an older version of Android. If you have a Verizon device you're SOL.
 

bcsman

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Oct 22, 2021
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OK thank you for clearing that up for me. Mine is the Google version so I will have that option to install older versions....I will need to do some research here for instructions. I believe it is unlocked already so that helps the process....