How to install Android 12 beta — A step-by-step Guide

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Install Android 12? After going through the initial developer preview phase, the fifth Android 12 beta is now here. The latest Android 12 beta is a release applicant, meaning the solid launch is next. Google says its major goal is to make Android 12 “more intuitive, better performing, and secure.

But betas are mainly geared toward developers, and this latest release is nearly stable. There might still be some issues, but general users would be GOOD using this as a daily driver. You can easily download and apply the update manually or via OTA for those with an extra Pixel. That said, the recommended method is an over-the-air update which you can sign up for here to check phone eligibility.

Using a factory image is the default method, But we highly recommend skipping the factory images in favor of OTA images. You’ll still have to install it manually, but while we are using an OTA image doesn’t require you to wipe your device completely. If you are a developer and want the cleanest method, factory images might be better for you.

Here’s what you need to get started

  • A Pixel 3 or later device and a USB cable to connect it to your PC.
    • Pixel phones include the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5
  • Android SDK installed on your PC with ADB and Fastboot command successfully working – Here is the Tutorial.

Now for the next steps.

Download the proper files to install Android 12 beta

You must download the exact file for your device before you get started. We recommend using OTA images over factory images because the process is easier and permits you to keep old files if interested.

Click here to grab the OTA image for your particular Pixel device. Using the full factory images (here) is also workable, requiring extra hoops like unlocking your bootloader. If you want to keep everything simple, we recommend sideloading the OTA. We designed our directions below for this install type with easy steps.

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Prepare your phone

Once you have installed the file, you need to reboot your phone into Recovery Mode to apply the OTA. Then, you will be ready to install the Android 12 beta.

  1. Shut off your phone.
  2. Hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.
  3. After That, the bootloader menu will now show up. Use the volume buttons to scroll down to the Recovery Mode.
  4. Select Recovery Mode by clicking on the power button.
  5. You will be presented with an Android robot with an exclamation mark. You will need to press the power and volume-up buttons for a while.
  6. Release the volume up button will send you fully into recovery.
  7. After that, use the volume buttons and scroll down to Apply update from ADB. Press the power button to select the option.
  8. Lastly, you will see a blank screen telling you how to sideload an OTA.

Also, Read About: Android 12 and availability on your Pixel Phones

Prepare your PC to Install Android 12 beta

Now that your phone is ready, it’s time to install android 12.

  1. Connect your pixel to your PC via a USB cable. But remember, your PC needs to have ADB tools installed.
  2. On Windows, enter Command Prompt. On Linux or Mac, you’ll need to use Terminal. For Windows users, navigate to wherever you’re storing the folder.
  3. After that, you must enter ADB sideload for Windows or ./ADB sideload for Mac/Linux.
  4. Now you will need to enter the name of the .zip folder from before and hit enter.
  5. Once you’ve completed it, your phone will return to Recovery Mode, and now you can remove the USB cable.
  6. Go to Reboot Now with the volume keys and press the power button.

And that’s all process. If everything goes well, you can install the Android 12 beta successfully.

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Christopher Daniel

I’m the founder as well as Editor-in-Chief @4lolipop. I love technology and have been addicted to it since childhood. I always keep myself updated about upcoming trends in the tech industry and I will try my best to keep my community up to date about these trends.

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