1. msp1518's Avatar
    Hey all, I am in a unique situation. I am in China with an Essential Phone. It set up here fine, but I cannot download the android update. I have been trying to download 7.1.1 and failing.

    I have tried wifi, 4G data and both with a VPN using multiple locations. Nope. Nada.

    When I VPN on my laptop I can connect anywhere and browse anywhere. VPN's are a way of life here due to all the blocks. Most of my phones features are useless in China without a VPN running 24/7 on the phone. Most people here with a good smart phone have VPN's, which is really ticking the Chinese government off.

    Is there a way to download the Android update to my laptop and then install to my Essential?

    Thanks so much.
    01-10-2018 06:46 PM
  2. chanchan05's Avatar
    Have you checked on XDA?
    01-10-2018 06:48 PM
  3. msp1518's Avatar
    I should mention i am an Android virgin and had been using iphones for 5 years or so.

    No matter what i do not want to root my phone and risk bricking it here. I know soooo little about Android. i just want the updates like normal.
    01-10-2018 07:00 PM
  4. richard levett's Avatar
    e-mail essential directly, they will help you
    01-11-2018 03:28 PM
  5. msp1518's Avatar
    I did just that. Unfortunately their only solution was to download the new update from their website and flash my phone. I can't risk that here. Never did it before for 1 and 2, if I brick it I have no way of getting it fixed while overseas.
    01-11-2018 08:51 PM

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