The root and ROM publishing crowd should pay attention: Today, Google published the first factory and OTA images for both of its latest phones. The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 have recently been added to download pages for each category, so if you run into problems unlocking your bootloader and purring around flashing modified system images, you can now quickly and easily restore your phone to default.

The files for both redfin and beetle (hardware names for Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, respectively) were published earlier today. As sometimes happens, the Pixel 5 has two, divided by operators: One for almost everyone and another image for KDDI subscribers in Japan. Pixel 4a 5G avoids this fate.

As usual (at least since June), you can also flash factory images directly from your browser with one link, which is quite fabulous. Whether you̵

7;re hoping to embark on them for development / modification purposes, or just need something to go back to when the new ROM flashes badly in a soft brick, you now have the images to do so.