Today, Google officially announced Android 12, which contains major user interface changes in the form of Material You, in addition to some privacy improvements and other new features. Of course, alongside that, the company also announced the beta for Android 12, as it usually does at its I / O developer event.
This time around, Google says the beta program is available on devices from 11 different brands, which you can find here. We’re going to focus on Google’s Pixel devices, which are the easiest to set up for the beta, as beta versions are simply served as OTA updates instead of forcing you to flash a new version.
Android 12 beta is supported on all Pixel phones starting with the Pixel 3. Here is the full list of supported devices:
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5
If you own one of these phones, you can just follow these steps:
- To go to the Android Beta Program Website.
- Scroll down to see your list of compatible devices and click Sign up. This will allow you to get OTA updates from the beta program.
- Check for updates on your Pixel phone.
If you choose to unsubscribe from the beta program, you can return to the page linked to point 1 and choose Opt out. You will receive an update which will bring you back to a stable version, but keep in mind that this will delete all of your data on the device, you may want to think twice before joining the program.
If you don’t have a Pixel phone, there are a handful of other brands that are part of the Android 12 beta program. Here is a full list of the listed brands and compatible phones for each, along with links to instructions. for each:
Unlike Google’s Pixel phones, most of them require manual download and installation, and only after that will you be able to receive OTA updates for the program. Anyway, if you have a curious mind, you can follow the directions on each website to get started.
Update: The Realme website is now live and the only phone compatible with the program at the moment is the Chinese variant of the realme GT.