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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. Download platform-tools if you have not done it yet. Add platform-tools directory to the PATH environment variable. You can also execute adb and fastboot commands from inside the platform-tools directory in the command line on your computer.
  4. Connect the Glass Explorer Edition device to the computer with a USB cable.
  5. Reboot your device into fastboot:
    1. If you have debug mode enabled on your Glass device, execute the following command in the command line: adb reboot bootloader
    2. If you cannot enable debug mode on your Glass device, use Recovery Mode to reboot it into fastboot.
  6. Verify the device is in fastboot by executing the following command:

    fastboot devices # you should see the device serial no.
  7. Unlock flashing by executing the following command:

    fastboot oem unlock # unlock the bootloader, repeat the step if necessary.
  8. Flash your device using the following commands:

    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®.


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