Final software update for Glass Explorer Edition

Glass Explorer Edition is receiving a final update that you will need to manually install. After February 25, 2020, this update removes the need and ability to use your Google account on Glass. It also removes Glass’ connection to backend services. This update is available now and should be installed so you can continue using your device without issues.

This update applies only to Glass Explorer Edition devices. It does not affect Glass Enterprise Edition devices.

Update your Google Glass device

  1. Download the signed image file.

  2. Unzip the file. You’ll see 3 files:

    • boot.img

    • recovery.img

    • System.img

  3. Run the following commands:

   $ adb reboot bootloader  # enter fastboot mode

   $ fastboot devices # verify device is in fastboot, should see its serial no.

   $ fastboot oem unlock # unlock the bootloader, repeat the step if necessary.

   $ fastboot flash boot boot.img  # flash partitions with factory images

   $ fastboot flash system system.img

   $ fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

   $ fastboot erase cache  # optional, erase the cache and userdata partition

   $ fastboot erase userdata

   $ fastboot oem lock    # optional, only if you want to re-lock the bootloader.


FAQs: Final software update for Glass Explorer Edition

What happens if I don’t update my device?

If you do not update the device, and you are currently signed in and using the device, it will continue to work, but Mirror apps, like Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, will no longer work. After February 25, 2020, if you’re not logged into the device, or you log out, you will need to install the final update in order to continue using the device.

What happens when I update my Google Glass Explorer edition to the final software update?

After updating your Google Glass device, you will be able to use the device paired to your phone, take photos and videos with Glass, and use sideloaded apps as normal. Mirror apps, like Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, will no longer work.

Can I update my device after February 25, 2020?


How long will the final update be available?

The update will be available until February 25, 2022.

Will the MyGlass app work after the final update?

No, MyGlass will not work after the final update, but you’ll still be able to pair directly to your phone via Bluetooth®.