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Google’s Pixel 6 phones can’t go back from Android 13 to Android 12

Android 13 is rolling out to Google’s Pixel phones right now, but if you want to flash the update to your Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Pixel 6A, using the company’s custom Tensor chip, you won’t be able to flash back to Android 12 due to a bootloader update, according to a post on Google’s developer website.

“Warning: The Android 13 update for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a includes a bootloader update that increases the anti-rollback version,” the message reads. “After flashing an Android 13 build on these devices, you will not be able to flash older Android 12 builds.”

Plus, if you’ve been in Android 13’s beta testing group and want to get out of the accelerated update cycle without wiping your device — usually a necessary step to get out of the queue — now’s the time to do it. Once your phone is updated to the most recent version of Android, go to Google’s beta site and sign out. On the other hand, if you stay in the beta group, you get early access to test versions of future Feature Drops for Android 13.

Android 13 comes with some nice new features like improved customization tools and a new permission option to reduce notifications. At the moment, the release is just rolling out for Pixels, but it is expected to reach devices from other vendors like Samsung and OnePlus later this year as well.

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