What to do if you update to Android 12 and your phone's anti-rollback protection trips

Monday, August 15, 2022 • 10:40 EDT

PSA: You can’t downgrade from Android 13 on Google’s latest Pixel phones Android 13 was just released for Google’s Pixel smartphones, and you can install it right away by going to your phone’s settings and checking for an update. However, if you have a Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6 Pro, or a Google Pixel 6a, then be warned: trying to roll back to Android 12 after updating will trip your phone’s anti-rollback protection. As for why this only affects the latest Pixel phones, it’s not clear. This means that the update to Android 13 is essentially permanent. You also don’t need to worry about it if you’re using an older Google Pixel phone. Anti-rollback protection is implemented through Verified Boot, and will ensure that a security vulnerability cannot be used by a malicious actor to install an older version of the Android system. We spotted the warning on the Android 13 factory images page, where it says the following: This anti-rollback protection is not unlike mechanisms that some companies, such as Xiaomi, have employed in the past. For context, Xiaomi implemented anti-rollback protection by surprise on the Redmi Note 5 through a software update. (xda-developers.com). Continue reading.

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