How to install the Android 12 beta

installing the android 12 beta
Written by Melker Wångdahl

Interested in installing the Android 12 beta? Check if your device is compatible, the risks associated and get a step-by-step guide.

Google officially announced the opening of the Android 12 beta for the public during the 2021 I/O developer conference. The current version is still a bit rough around the edges but despite the bugs, it looks absolutely fantastic. Here´s a rundown of what to expect and how to download and install the Android 12 beta.

Is your device compatible with the Android 12 beta?

Firstly not all devices support the Android 12 beta although more brands will be added continuously as companies adapt their products. Obviously, Google’s own Pixel phone is on the list. Here´s the rest of the brands that have a compatible device so far:

Not all devices from these brands will be compatible in general, you will need one of their newer products. For a complete list go to the Android developer page.

Installing the Android 12 beta

How you install the Android 12 beta varies between brands. At the current stage, many of the vendors recommend that only developers install it. Right now the Pixel phones are the safest devices to try out the beta on. 

If you still decide to give the beta a go on a none Pixel device you need to download the installation file to a PC. From here the steps are a bit different. With a OnePlus, you will have to send it to the storage on your phone. You then proceed to install a local over-the-air update. TCL instead has special software to install the beta via a Windows PC.

For detailed instructions on how to use it on other devices check out their official websites and guides in the list above. Be aware of the risks, some brands even have warnings that your phone might break!

Step by step with a Pixel phone

Before you start this process keep in mind that you will be forced to reset your phone to factory settings if you want to remove the beta. Going back to Android 11 will delete all your apps, photos and settings. Make sure to have a cloud backup before you start doing anything.

  1. Firstly you will have to go to Google’s official site for installing the Android 12 beta, click the link in the list above.
  2. Sign in with your Google account. This needs to be the same account you use on your phone.
  3. You will see a list of the available phones associated with your Google account. Click opt-in on the device you want to use.
  4. On your phone, open the settings. Go to System -> Advanced -> System updates -> Check for updates.
  5. Install the update. At this point, your phone will be reset.
  6. Sign in to your Google account and redo the basic setup.

You’re now ready to give the beta a go. As a final disclaimer, it might be better to wait a bit longer for a more stable beta version. There are still risks involved with installing it. Unless you´re a developer or have several phones we recommend keeping your curiosity in check and waiting.