We are going to explain how to download the Beta version of Android 12, the new version of Google’s mobile operating system that will come with juicy new features and aesthetic changes. After three previews for developers, the first beta has been announced during the Google I/O 2021 to bring Android 12 to all users.

But before installing this beta version, it is worth remembering that these are unstable test versions of the operating system, versions that are still unpolished and will present many bugs and several things that do not work. Therefore, it is advisable to make a backup copy of your files in case something goes wrong in the process. Otherwise, you will see that the process to access the beta is simple if you have one of the compatible cell phones.

Which phones can you test the beta with

The beta of each new version of Android is usually always available on all the latest Google mobiles. In this case not in all, but from the Pixel 3, so if you have a later model you can download the beta and start testing it.

In addition to this, Google usually allows other third-party manufacturers to also start offering the Android beta, especially those who bet on a cleaner or almost pure Android, without customization layers that require a lot of work. Below, we leave you the list of devices that can install the Android 12 beta:

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In addition to these mobiles, the Android 12 beta will also reach mobiles from other manufacturers, such as Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. These are the first mobiles for which it has been announced that it will be available:

How to update your phone to Android 12 beta

To install the Android 12 beta on your Pixel phone, you first need to log in to the Android Beta program website. There, click on the Sign-in button to sign up for the beta with your Google account. Even if you had signed up for previous betas in the past, you will have to repeat the process now with Android 12.

After logging in with the account you use on your Pixel, scroll down to a section of Devices eligible for the program. Here you will see the phones linked to your account where you can install the beta, and you just have to click on the Participate button. The website will ask you to accept the terms of use to complete the registration of your cell phone.

Once you have registered your phone, within 24 hours you will receive an update with the beta, which will be as if it were a normal operating system update. If this is not the case, you should go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update in your mobile and check for updates until you receive them.

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Another more manual and more complex option is to download the Android Flash Tool, at least if you have a Pixel phone. On this page, you can download a zip with the Android 12 beta version for your device, and then you can install it manually with this tool. Of course, you should only do it if you understand how it works.

For the rest of the devices, there is a unique web where all of them are listed. Go to developer.android.com/about/versions/12/devices, where you will see a list of all the manufacturers participating in the Android 12 beta. In this list, click on the manufacturer that your phone is compatible with, and inside you will see the specific steps for each manufacturer to join it.

Android 12 Calendar

Android 12 release phase

Below, we leave you the updated calendar so you know when each beta version of Android 12 will arrive, and when the final version is scheduled to arrive.

  • February: Android 12 Developer Preview 1
  • March: Android 12 Developer Preview 2
  • April: Android 12 Developer Preview 3
  • May: Android 12 Beta 1
  • June: Android 12 Beta 2
  • July: Beta 3
  • August: Android 12 Beta 4
  • August: Release Candidate
  • August: Final release.
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