However, if I understand the instructions for upgrading correctly, it is impossible to install this update without unlocking the bootloader first, which wipes the device, and afterwards, I can either live with the security problems of an unlocked bootloader or have the same problem on the next update. Is this correct?
This issue was not pointed out by @mikiballester in the thread linked above announcing the continuing Android 11 updates for FP3, he simply said:
If my understanding is indeed correct, I’ll probably switch to LineageOS, as that has the same problem, but with the upside that I can at least use new Android 13 features, and I’ll get security updates not only until Android 11 is EOL in a few months anyway.
So great that the A11 updates can be installed via sideload!
In fact I just did the update from 023 to 025 without problems
But I think the install instructions are not 100% correct for the sideload way
It says “When the download it complete, move the file to your Desktop. This will be important later.”
for the sideload method, one has to unpack the downloaded ZIP and copy the file FP3-8901.4.A.0025.0-gms-b182be55-user-ota-from-8901.4.A.0023.0.zip from inside the ota-packages folder to the desktop I think (or can the “outer” ZIP be used for sideloading? I somewhat doubt that)
In step 8 of the install section it says “On your computer, navigate the command line to the Desktop”
I think one should stay inside the “platform-tools” folder of step 4, otherwise “adb” won’t be found (unless one has added that to the $PATH variable without the aid of the instructions)
the next step uses the full path anyway, so IMHO no need to change folders here
Step 9 is missing the command for macOS/Linux
It’s probably obvious, but as a last step one has to select “Reboot system now” via pressing the power button
And on a side note: my Linux system (openSUSE Leap 15.4) doesn’t have a “~/Desktop” folder, it has a German “~/Schreibtisch”.
It does have “~/Downloads” though. Not sure if that is more universal and could be used instead.
But kudos again for providing both ways and updating the instructions
Thanks for updating the articles, but sadly it doesn’t work for me.
First the recovery mode didn’t work properly for me with a “No Command Given” screen which I fixed using the method in this video (using volume up and power button in while in recovery mode)
Now sideloading sadly doesn’t work with the instructions given. I tried using the the \ota-packages path too but it always says: “adb.exe: sideload requires an argument”.
I have confirmed that:
i downloaded the right packet (even thought i am still not sure which path i should use argument for adb)
USB debugging is enabled
adb works right (my device is listed)
I would love some help or clearer instructions!
I could get it to work using git bash and running “sideload_update.command” in “FP3-8901.4.A.0025.0-gms-b182be55-user-ota-from-8901.4.A.0023.0-manual-sideload”
The "sideload_update.bat didn’t work.
To my knowledge this lying robot with “No command” is by design on stock recovery (but not on TWRP or other custom recoveries), i.e. to be expected.
Which in turn means it probably should be mentioned in the instructions that one has to press Vol-Up plus Power in order to see the actual menu.
Assuming you had unpacked the downloaded ZIP file to your desktop, the full command should look something like
If you don’t want to type all this stuff, you could right-click the FP3-8901.4.A.0025.0-gms-b182be55-user-ota-from-8901.4.A.0023.0.zip file inside the ota-package folder with your mouse while holding the shift key. Then the context menu should have a “copy as path” entry (or some similar wording; I’m typing this on linux).
After that you can paste the full path to the command line.
Edit: I know you managed my now, I’m leaving this for others who might still need help
Thanks! This worked for me, although I had the same problems as the other posters (need to unzip the outer .zip file, the correct path is not given, some missing commands etc.). I assume you wanted to only upload the inner zip file contained under ota-packages/FP3-8901.4.A.0025.0-gms-b182be55-user-ota-from-8901.4.A.0023.0.zip, as the outer .zip file also contains some stuff unrelated to the instructions (the .bat file, the Bash file and, curiously, even some adb and fastboot binaries – I don’t think you are even allowed to redistribute those without giving attribution). Also, the commands for Linux and Mac OS are wrong, those use slashes instead of backslashes as path separators.
I tried to add all enhancements discussed here and some more to the installation guide to create a more complete set of instructions (a mod may convert this to a wiki post if they want so that other users can add enhancements):
Download and locate the file that you need to sideload:
Any progress on this, @Yasen_Tomov? I expect there will be another update this month (updates every two months were promised here), and it would be nice to have correct instructions in the support article by then.