This year’s biggest Android update, Android 9 Pie is live now. Usually, non-Google phones don’t get the new Android version for months after they are released, but Essential was able to deliver the latest Android Pie at the same day as Google did for its Pixel phones. It seems that HMD Global has also started rolling out the update for its Nokia 7 Plus.

Android 9.0 Pie is smarter, simpler and more powerful. Gesture-based navigation, Adaptive battery, Adaptive brightness, Enhanced security, Refreshed notification, App Actions, App Slices, etc. are some of the best features of this update. If you own Essential PH-1 phone, here is how to download and install Android 9 Pie system image on it.


Essential Phone

The company starts rolling out the OTA update for its Essential Phone (PH-1) with build number PPR1.180610.091 and security patch level July 2018. The company may soon roll out a new update with August security patch. Users with the Android P Beta start getting the 78.5MB OTA update. Other users need to download 1047.2 MB file.

If the phone is running on Android 8.1 Oreo and unable to install the Android 9 Pie OTA update on it, then you can download and flash the update manually. OTA file and factory images are available for download now.

How to Install Android Pie Update (OTA/Factory Image) on Essential Phone

OTA Update Method:

1. Download file from here and save inside ADB/Platform tools folder on the PC.

2. Power off the phone, press Volume Up and Power button simultaneously to boot into stock recovery mode.

3. In the stock recovery, select ‘Apply update from ADB’ and then connect the phone to PC.


4. Open a command window from ADB/Platform tools folder and verify that the device is connected with PC using the command “adb devices”

5. Now, type the command “adb sideload” to install the OTA update. Once the update installation finishes, select “Reboot system now”.

Factory Image Method:

1. Download full ROM zip file from here, unzip the downloaded factory image and save all the content inside ADB/Platform tools folder

2. Enable USB debugging on Essential PH-1

3. Power off the phone and press Power + Volume Up buttons to boot into Bootloader mode.

4. Connect the Phone to PC using the USB cable.

5. Go to ADB/Platform tools folder and double-click on ‘flashall.bat’ file to install the update.

Wait for the process to complete. The phone will reboot automatically after the installation process completes. [Source – 1, 2]

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