Android 12: How to download and install Google’s beta operating system on Pixel, OnePlus and more
Google is newThe operating system for phones is breathtaking and is arguably the biggest Android overhaul in years. Introduced to , the software giant presented a preview of the new design, functionality of Material You, and released the first public beta of Android 12 that anyone with a compatible device can install and help test.
For those who have the courage to try this first version, the beta version of Android 12 will include features such asand an adaptive interface that changes the color of your phone’s appearance to match your wallpaper. Android devices will also work better with other devices, like Chromebooks and .
If you’re one of the first users ready to help Google test out the upcoming Android operating system, here’s everything you need to know to get Android 12 on your phone right now. And here are thewe think you will love it.
Will my phone work with Android 12 beta?
Google is releasing the first public beta of Android 12 for its Pixel line of phones, along with select models from OnePlus, ZTE, TCL, Oppo, RealMe, Sharp, Tecno, Vivi, Xiaomi, and Asus. Google Developer Website published a unique website which includes direct links to instructions for each hardware partner participating in the beta program.
The installation process for each vendor varies, and each phone manufacturer limits the models included in the beta. For example, OnePlus currently offers the beta version of Android 12 for the this forum post, which also has a giant warning in red that the update may damage your phone. Yikes.and , and strongly suggest that only developers install the beta version for now. However, if you insist, you can install the beta. You will need to download the update package to your computer, transfer it to your phone’s storage, and then go through the process of installing an “OTA local” update. OnePlus describes the steps to follow
TCL has released an Android 12 preview for the TCL 20 Pro 5G and warns that the process will erase all information and data from your phone. The installation process requires you to flash (install) the update using a TCL program specifically designed to install the beta using a Windows computer. Here are the instructions.
If you don’t have a Pixel phone, I’ll proceed with caution and realistically opt to wait for the official release later this year, or at the very least, until closer to the official launch when each company was given more time to resolve major issues.
Google’s setup process isn’t that scary, but it doesn’t come without its share of risks. Here is a list of specific Google Pixel models that can participate in the beta of Android 12:
How do I start using Android 12 beta on my phone?
Here are the steps I took on a Pixel phone. If you are using any of the other supported devices, you might find that there are variations. Start by visiting the Android Beta Program Website. Sign in to the site using the same Google Account that you use on your phone. Google will give you some warnings about using a beta operating system. Read the information and accept it when you are finished.
At the bottom of the page is a list of phones linked to your account that are eligible to participate in the beta. Click it Registration button corresponding to the phone you want to register in the program. Accept the terms and conditions and click on Confirm and register when you are done.
Then take your phone and go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update > Check for update. It may take a few minutes for your phone to display the update, so if you don’t see a pending update the first time you press the update button, wait a few minutes and try again. Once your phone displays the update, install it as you would any other update. But this time when your phone reboots it will run this first test version of Android 12.
Can I exit the beta version of Android 12?
If you decide that the beta of Android 12 is too buggy or the battery life is not great, you can exit the beta program. But … and that’s a big but … you will have to factory reset your phone to go back to Android 11. You should be able to use an old backup to restore your phone to its Android 11 form, but that’s it. possible, you will lose data during the transition.
To exit the beta, visit the beta website again, but this time click the Deactivate button under your device. Wait a minute or two, then check for a software update on your phone in Settings > System > Advanced > System update > Check for update. Install the update, which will reset your phone to factory settings, and once it’s done, you’ll need to set up your phone again, starting with signing in to your Google Account.
My best advice? Wait until Android 12 is closer to the final version before installing the beta. As Google continues to work on and refine the update, it will become more stable and the battery life will improve (not to mention that app developers will be able to release updates that guarantee compatibility of third-party applications).