Android 9.0 Pie based custom firmware Pixel Experience ROM for ZUK Z1 is now available. Android 9.0 Pie is the successor of Android 8.0 Oreo. As you know, running latest version of Android offer you several additional functionality along with improved security. The smartphone’s hardware is capable enough to run the latest Android version which is Android 9.0 Pie. To update ZUK Z1 to latest Android 9.0 Pie we will use Pixel Experience ROM. This Pixel Experience ROM is based on Android 9.0 Pie AOSP and comes with various customization.
Pixel Experience is an AOSP based ROM and comes with Google apps as well as all Pixel goodies (launcher, wallpapers, icons, fonts, bootanimation). Means you can enjoy some flavor of Pixel mobile right on your ZUK Z1.
Android 9.0 Pie comes with various new as well as improved features including, new gesture navigation, adaptive battery and brightness, improved security features, new Accessibility menu, new screenshot shortcut, easier screen rotation and many more. If you interested to update your ZUK Z1 to Android 9.0 Pie base ROM Pixel Experience then continue reading.
How to Update ZUK Z1 to Android 9.0 Pie via Pixel Experience
This tutorial is only for ZUK Z1. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (True Android Team) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction is given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.
1. Backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.
2. Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.
3. You already have USB Driver Installed for ZUK Z1 in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]
4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and ZUK Z1. [Guide].
5. Your device have latest TWRP recovery 3.x or higher installed. You can read this guide: ZUK Z1 : Unlock & Install TWRP Recovery 3.2.3-0 – Easy Tutorial
If you have done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 9.0 Pie based Pixel Experience ROM on ZUK Z1.
File Required (Download by clicking on it)
- Pixel Experience ROM For ZUK Z1 [Filename: PixelExperience_ham-9.0-20190408-1140-OFFICIAL.zip]
Once you downloaded all required files, now read on for the tutorial part.
How to Install Android 9.0 Pie based Pixel Experience ROM on ZUK Z1
Step 1 : Connect your device to PC using the USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
Step 2 : Disconnect USB and then turn off your ZUK Z1.
Step 3 : Boot into recovery mode. To boot into recovery first turn off your ZUK Z1 and then press and hold Volume Down, Volume Up and Power button together. You can also boot into recovery without key combination.
Step 4 : Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.
Step 5 : Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
Step 6 : Now its time to add zip file for flashing. Tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the Pixel Experience Zip file. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
Step 7 : When the installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your ZUK Z1 and boot up into Android 9.0 Pie ROM Pixel Experience.
Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.
Congrats! Android 9.0 Pie firmware based custom ROM Pixel Experience is now installed and running on your ZUK Z1. You can root this ROM by following our guide: How to Root ZUK Z1 with Magisk – Detail Guide