In this guide, we will show you the steps to install the Pixel Experience ROM based on Android 13 onto your Poco F4/Redmi K40s. The newest addition to the Poco family was always going to be one of the most popular players in the town. Not only has it managed to surpass that expectation with flying colors, but it has also easily quickly become one of the most active devices in custom development.
So if you are looking to break free from the shackles of the stock MIUI ecosystem, then you have a plethora of options at hand. One among them is the ability to welcome abode a clean stock OPS experience with a few additional Pixel goodies. As you might have already guessed, you could now download and install the latest Pixel Experience ROM based on Android 13 onto your Poco F4/Redmi K40s. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that.
What is Pixel Experience ROM?
As is evident from its name, Pixel Experience is based on the stock AOSP experience that comes with the Pixel devices. So apart from a clean user experience, you will also be getting tons of Pixel goodies and re-installed Google Apps [GApps]. However, even then, it wouldn’t give you a bloated experience as it has managed to strike a fine balance between features and stability.
Owing to all these reasons, it is no hidden secret why it has scaled the popularity charts and quickly became the go-to choice for numerous tech enthusiasts. If you also echo the same thought process, then this guide will show you the path to welcome this ROM onto your device right away. Follow along.
Poco F4/Redmi K40s: Download & Install Pixel Experience Android 13 ROM [Video]
Before starting with the process, make sure to take a complete device backup beforehand. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.
STEP 1: Install Android SDK
First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.
STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
Next up, you will have to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. The former will make your device recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. This will then allow you to boot your device to Fastboot Mode. On the other hand, OEM Unlocking is required to carry out the bootloader unlocking process.
So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on MIUI Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
STEP 3: Unlock Bootloader
Next up, you will have to unlock the bootloader on your device. Do keep in mind that this process will wipe off all the data and might nullify the device’s warranty as well. So if that’s all well and good, then refer to our comprehensive guide on How to Unlock the Bootloader on any Xiaomi Device.
STEP 4: Download Pixel Experience ROM, Recovery, and vendor_boot
- Now, get hold of the Pixel Experience ROM, Recovery, and vendor_boot files from below:
ROM | RECOVERY | vendor_boot
- The ROM file will be present as a ZIP whereas the recovery and vendor_boot will be IMG files.
- Once these files have been downloaded, transfer them to the platform tools folder on your PC.
- Next up, rename the recovery file to recovery.img and vendor_boot to vendor_boot.img.
- Likewise, rename the ROM file to rom, so that the complete name becomes rom.zip.
STEP 5: Boot to Fastboot Mode
- Connect your device to the PC via a USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
- Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
- After that, type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode
adb reboot bootloader
- To verify the Fastboot connection, type in the below command and you should get back the device ID.
- If you are not getting any device ID, then install the Fastboot Drivers on your PC.
STEP 6: Flash vendor_boot on Poco F4/Redmi K40s
Execute the below command to flash the vendor_boot to its partition:
fastboot flash vendor_boot vendor_boot.img
STEP 7: Flash Pixel Experience Recovery on Poco F4/Redmi K40s
- You will now have to flash the Pixel Experience recovery onto the boot partition of your device. So execute the below command for the same:
fastboot flash boot recovery.img
- Once the flashing is complete, use the below command to boot to Pixel Experience Recovery:
fastboot reboot recovery
STEP 8: Factory Reset Device
- From the Pixel Experience Recovery, go to Factory Reset.
- Then select Format Data/Factory Reset > Format Data.
- Your device will now undergo a reset.
- Once done, you shall get the “Data wipe complete” message.
STEP 9: Install Pixel Experience ROM on Poco F4/Redmi K40s
- From the Pixel Experience Recovery, go to Apply Update > Apply from ADB.
- Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter.
- This will launch the Command Prompt. So type in the below command to flash the ROM file via Sideload:
adb sideload rom.zip
- The process will now begin and once done, you shall get the Total xfer: 1.00x message [Got an error? See FAQ below].
- Now go back to the home screen of the recovery and select Reboot System Now. Your device will now boot to the newly installed OS.
That’s it. These were the steps to install the Pixel Experience ROM based on Android 13 onto your Poco F4/Redmi K40s. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know your doubt and the device that you are using in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
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Fix: Error During ADB Sideload
If you get one of the below error messages, then it signifies a successful installation and you could reboot the device to the OS without any issues:
- Total xfer: 1.00x
- adb: failed to read command: Success/No error
- adb: failed to read command: No error
- (~47%) adb: failed to read the command: No error
- adb: failed to read command: Undefined error: 0