It only feels like yesterday that Android 11 was released – and for some of us, it probably hasn’t been that long since our phones updated – but the next version of Android is in the oven. Google’s new OS version, imaginatively titled Android 12, is likely to launch in the fall. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take action if you’re eager to see what Google has planned for your phone. The Android 12 public beta has arrived (for select phones), and in this article, we’ll show you how to install that beta.
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Phones compatible with the beta version of Android 12
Not every phone will be compatible with the final Android 12 release, and even fewer will be compatible with the developer beta version. Here’s the full list of phones currently compatible with Android 12 beta:
- Google Pixel 5
- Google Pixel 4a 5G
- Google Pixel 4a
- Google Pixel 4 XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3
How to install the Android 12 beta
So you have your phone and you are ready to dive into the cold water of a software beta. Where do you start? Start by backing up your Android phone’s data as installing the developer beta will require you to wipe your phone completely. We have a guide on how to back up your Android phone so make sure to do your due diligence before you start as no one wants to lose data.
Once you’ve done that, here’s how to download and install the beta version of Android 12:
Step 1: Visit the Android 12 public beta website.
Step 2: Scroll down to it Your eligible devices section.
Step 3: Select the Sign Up button under your eligible phone.
Step 4: Check the appropriate boxes and Confirm and register. You should now get confirmation that your device is in beta.
Step 5: Go to it on your phone System updates section of your Settings app. This can be found in Settings > System > Advanced > System update on Google phones, but your device may be slightly different.
Step 6: An update should be available. Crane Download and install to start the update process.
Once the update is complete, you should now be running the Android 12 beta and have access to all the neat new features. Keep an eye out for bugs and have fun!