Google has just released the first in-depth look into their upcoming Android 12 OS. Aside from the stunning looks, new design, and features, Google has also released the first public beta of android 12. Anyone can opt to join though they would need a compatible device first. So if you don’t mind the bugs, here’s how you can get android 12 on your phone.
The beta is expected to include many features to give an overall understanding of what’s to come in the final version of the OS. Android 12 will include improved privacy controls, an adaptive interface that changes colors based on the current wallpaper being used. There is also improved support for devices like Chromebooks and Android TVs. Here’s a list of all the pixel phones that are eligible to participate in the beta.
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 5
Aside from these pixel phones, select phones from manufacturers like OnePlus, ZTE, TCL, Oppo, RealMe, Sharp, Tecno, Vivi, Xiaomi, and Asus are also eligible to participate in the public beta test. Each manufacturer has its own way to participate in the beta and the installation process mostly includes having a wired connection to your computer and even factory resetting your phone during the process.
To participate in the beta using a Pixel phone, you’ll need to go to the Android Beta Program website. There, you’ll have to sign in to your Google account that is linked to your phone. Google will present you with some warnings about using a beta operating system. Read through the information (we know you won’t) and agree to it when you’re done. The process for other supported devices might be different but you can view the details for each manufacturer on this website.
After you’re done with the agreeing part, you’ll be able to see a list of phones linked to your account that are eligible to participate in the beta. All you have to do is click on the Opt-In button for the phone you want. Accept the terms and conditions and confirm and enroll to wrap things up.
After that’s done, pick up your phone and go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for updates. It might take some time for the update to show so give it a few minutes and try again if you don’t see it immediately. The installation is like any other update and you’ll have the beta version of Android 12 on your phones. Go brag to your friends.
However, be warned that if you want to roll back to your old stable version of Android 11 then you’ll have to factory reset your phone to do so. So it is advisable to make a backup before you opt for the beta program. Even then there’s still a chance for some data to be lost anyway.