Google announced Android 12 at its I / O developer conference and although the new mobile operating system will arrive later this year, you can get Android 12 Beta 2 on a number of phones now so here’s how to download and install it if you want to try out the new Material you designed or the latest privacy features.
Google sometimes limits the Android beta to its own Pixel phones but this year you can get it Android 12 Beta 2 on many other devices like OnePlus, Asus, Xiaomi and even more. The method is a little different, but we’ll explain how to get it on any compatible phone – and which phones support the new beta.
Beta 1 is now in the past and Beta 2 is already launched for Pixel phones (starting June 10). It brings changes like new Wi-Fi settings, a smaller volume slider and Privacy Dashboard. Also take complementary colors from your wallpaper, even if it is still unfinished.
Notice: As is always the case with beta software, it is not recommended to load it on your main phone as the software could be buggy or even brick your device. Early reports seem to suggest that it works well on Pixel phones, but some OnePlus and Xiaomi users have problems.
Which phones can install Android 12 Beta 2?
Here is the complete list of phones that can get Android 12 Beta 2:
How to get Android 12 beta on Pixel phones
As you can expect, the Pixel phones are at the front of the line to get Android 12 and getting the beta is very easy. Follow these steps and you will have downloaded and installed it in no time.
- Head to the Android Beta software site, ensuring that you are logged in to your Google Account
- Scroll down to ‘Your eligible devices’ (see screenshot above)
- Select “opt in” on the device you want to install Android 12 on
- Read the T&C, select the relevant boxes and then click on “Confirm and Register”
- On your phone in Settings> System> Advanced> System Update> Check for updates
If you ever want to opt-out just go to the Android Beta Program website and select “opt out” on your eligible devices.
How to get Android 12 beta on non-Pixel phones
As mentioned before, the method is a bit different for phones made by Google partners. In general, you will need to go to the manufacturer’s website to get the beta.
- Head to this Android Beta page (on your phone to download, another device for instructions)
- Scroll down and select the brand for your phone
- Follow the specific instructions on the page