Android 12 public beta is now available after Google took a deep dive into the new software at Google I / O 2021. My colleague Dieter Bohn got an exclusive insight into the new design language of Material You and everything else that is new. And good news, if you have a suitable device, you can try it out right now and I’ll walk you through it.
The great thing is that you don’t have to go through the difficult and error-prone task of flashing your phone. Instead, you can simply register it with a few clicks on your desktop or mobile browser to get the update and in minutes you can be installed on your phone.
When you set up the Android 12 beta on your device, you will get all future beta updates to the operating system (including the final version) wirelessly, which comes in handy. As always, remember that this beta is unfinished software, so you may encounter bugs of varying degrees of severity. At the very least, make sure your device data is backed up to the cloud and maybe think twice about getting the beta on your daily driver.
First, let’s see if you have a suitable device.
Which phones are currently working with Android 12 Beta?
- Pixel 3, 3 XL
- Pixel 3A, 3A XL
- Pixel 4, 4 XL
- Pixel 4A, 4A 5G
- Pixel 5
- Asus Zenfone 8
- OnePlus 9, 9 Pro
Oppo Find X3 Pro (Model CPH2173)
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- I live iQOO 7
- Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11I, Mi 11X Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
- as well as models from Sharp, Tecno and Realme
How to install the Android 12 beta
How you get this software onto your phone ranges from a few clicks to something more elaborate. For this beta download, it’s a lot easier to get the Android 12 beta on any of the supported Google Pixel phones.
For a Pixel, first go to the Android 12 beta website to register your phone for the beta version. You should find your phone in the list when you click “View Your Eligible Devices”. You may receive a notification on your phone that the software is ready to be installed. If you want to check manually, open the settings menu on your phone, then go to System> System Update. Tap Check for Updates to see if you can download the new software.
If nothing happens the first time, your only option is to keep waiting. In the past, I got the beta update on my phone within minutes of registering, although it sometimes takes hours. According to Google, it can take over 24 hours for the software to install on your phone, so hold on.
For supported phones from other brands like OnePlus, Realme, Sharp, and others, follow the directions on each page as the installation process seems to differ depending on the manufacturer.