How to download Google’s new beta phone Operating System
The first public beta of Android 12 is here, and we’ll tell
you who can start using it and how.
Google’s newoperating system for phones is stunning
in fact, it’s also the biggest Android redesign in years. Introduced
at, the software giant previewed the new design, features
and released the first Android 12 public beta that anyone with
a compatible device can install and help test.
For those who are brave enough to try this early version, the
Android 12 beta will include features such as
and an adaptive interface that changes the color of your phone’s looks
to match your wallpaper. Android devices will also now work better with
other devices, like Chromebooks and.
If you’re an early adopter ready to help Google test the next Android
operating system, here’s everything you need to know about getting
Android 12 on your phone right now. And here are the
we think you’ll love.
Will my phone work with Android 12 beta?
Google is releasing the first Android 12 public beta for its line of Pixel phones,
as well as select models from OnePlus, ZTE, TCL, Oppo, RealMe, Sharp,
Tecno, Vivi, Xiaomi and Asus. Google’s developer website published
a one-stop website that includes links directly to the instructions for every
hardware partner that’s taking part in the beta program.
In the past, the installation process for each vendor has been different.
Most of them require you to install the update using a wired connection
to your computer, and more often than not, you’ll need to
factory-reset your phone during the update process.
How do I start using Android 12 beta on my phone?
Here are the steps I followed on a Pixel phone. If you’re using one of
the other supported devices, you may find there’s some variation.
Start by visiting the Android Beta Program website. Sign in to the
site using the same Google account you’re using on your phone.
Google will present you with some warnings about using a beta operating
system. Read through the information and agree to it when you’re done.
At the bottom of the page will be a list of phones linked to your account
that are eligible to participate in the beta. Click the Opt-In button
for the phone you want to enroll in the program. Accept the terms
and conditions and click Confirm and Enroll when you’re finished.
Can I leave the Android 12 beta?
If you decide that the Android 12 beta is too buggy or battery life isn’t
great, you can leave the beta program. But… and this is a big but…
you’ll need 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 it’s entirely possible you’ll lose
some data during the transition.
To leave the beta, visit the beta website again, but this time click on
the Opt-Out button below 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 factory-reset your phone, and when it’s
done you’ll need to set your phone back up,
starting with signing into your Google account.
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My best advice? Wait until Android 12 is closer to final release before
installing the beta. As Google continues to work on and refine the update,
it’ll become more stable and battery life will improve
(not to mention app developers will be able to release up
dates ensuring that third-party apps are compatible).