Android 12: How to obtain a new beta OS from Google?
Google’s new Android 12 phone operating system is amazing — in fact, it’s also Android’s largest revamp in years. The software giant, introduced at Google I/O, previewed the new design, features and launched the first Android 12 public beta that can be installed and tested by anybody with compatible devices.
For those courageous enough to try this early version, the Android 12 beta features such as enhanced privacy controls and an adaptable interface that adjusts the colour of the look of your phone to suit your wallpaper. Android smartphones are now better at working with other devices, such as Chromebooks and Android TVs.
If you’re ready to help Google test the next Android operating system early on, here’s all you need to know about obtaining Android 12 right now on your phone. And here are the top six Android 12 features that we believe you’re going to adore.
Is my phone going to operate with Android 12 beta?
Google releases the first public beta Android 12 to its pixel phone line, together with select versions of OnePlus, ZTE, TCL, Oppo, RealMe, Sharp, Tecno, Vivi, Xiaomi and Asus. Google’s developer website is a one-stop webpage that includes links straight to any hardware partner participating in the beta programme.
In the past, each vendor’s installation method was distinct. Most of them need you to instal your update via a wired connection, and you will need to reset your phone to the factory during the update.
Here are the specific Google Pixel models that can take part in testing right now:
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
How do I start using Android 12 beta on my phone?
The steps I’ve taken on a Pixel phone are here. You may find some differences if you use one of the other supported devices. Start by visiting the website of the Android Beta Program. Sign up on the site using the same Google account on your phone. Google will give you some warnings regarding the beta system. Read and agree to the information when you are done.
At the bottom of the page, you get a list of phones linked to the beta on your account. For the phone, you wish to register in the programme, click the opt-in button. Accept the terms and conditions and, when finished, click Confirm and Enroll.
Right now, the website is going up and down, and I’m experiencing random errors. Keep trying, or wait an hour or two and try again if you’re experiencing any issues.
Next, grab your phone and go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for update. Your phone may need a few minutes to show the update, so if you don’t see a pending update the first time you tap on the update button, give it a few minutes and try again. Once your phone does show the update, install it as you would any other update. But this time when your phone reboots, it will be running this early test version of Android 12.
There are plenty of partners this year.
Can I exit the beta for Android 12?
You can exit the beta programme if you determine that the Android 12 beta is too unstable or battery life is not good. But…and this is a huge one, but…you will need to reset your phone to Android 11. You should be able to utilise an old backup to restore your phone to its Android 11 format, but you may lose some information along the process.
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.
My finest tip? Wait till Android 12 is closer to release before the beta is installed. When Google continues to work on and enhance the update, it will stabilise and increase battery life (not to mention app developers will be able to release updates ensuring that third-party apps are compatible).