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Android 14 Beta Problems: 5 Things to Know



Google’s pushed its Android 14 beta to Pixel devices which means we’re starting to learn about the problems plaguing those using the unfinished software.

The official Android 14 release date is still months away, but you can give the new operating system a try right now if you own a Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, Pixel 7, or Pixel 7 Pro.

The Android 14 beta lets Pixel users try out new features ahead of time and it also helps Google squash bugs and performance issues ahead of the final release later this year.

While you might be weighing a move away from Android 13, beta software isn’t for everyone. The Android 14 beta is pre-release software and early software is often buggy.

In fact, Google’s already called out issues on board the beta. Some issues are minor, others might convince you to keep your Pixel on Android 13.

If you’re debating a move to the Android 14 beta, you should be familiar with these issues before you install the software. And if you’re already running the Android 14 beta on your Pixel device, you should keep an eye out for problems. If you do run into issues, you should report them to Google so the company can improve the final product.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 14 beta problems, provide you with places to look for fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 14 beta, and show you how to report issues with the software.

Android 14 Beta Problems

Google’s Android 14 beta could have a huge impact on your Pixel’s performance. While some users might see improvements, others will run into bugs and performance issues.

The company’s highlighted several potential issues with the current version of the Android 14 beta, Android 14 beta 2. Right now the list includes:


  • Various stability, battery, or performance issues.
  • For users with accessibility needs, this release might not be appropriate for daily use.
  • Some apps might not function as expected when running on this release. This limitation includes Google’s apps as well as other apps.

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  • An issue with the system UI sometimes causes the screen to flicker when a video is playing or an app is using in picture-in-picture mode.
  • In some cases, video continues playing in the background even after closing an app if the video was playing in picture-in-picture mode when it was closed.
  • A video that is playing in picture-in-picture mode stops playing abruptly if the back gesture is used within the PiP settings screens.
  • An issue with the system UI can cause a GPU hang, leading to “Application Not Responding” (ANR) errors.
  • A system issue can sometimes cause a device’s GPS services to stop working until the device is rebooted.
  • Issues with the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) can prevent devices from being able to make Wi-Fi calls in some cases.


  • When using a device with a work profile, the Google Play Store app in the work profile hangs or crashes when launched.
  • A blank screen displays after selecting the “Message” option for a recent caller in the Google Phone app.
  • The Google Photos app can sometimes crash when trying to open certain photos.
  • While 3-button navigation is enabled for a device, putting Google Maps into picture-in-picture mode makes the picture-in-picture window disappear.
  • While gesture navigation is enabled for a device, putting a video into Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode in the Google TV app makes the PiP window disappear, even though playback continues and audio can still be heard.
  • Locking and unlocking a device while playing a video in the Google TV app can cause the device to freeze.

You can learn more about these issues, and others, over on Google’s IssueTracker website.

How to Report Android 14 Beta Problems

If you run into bugs or performance issues while running the Android 14 beta, you’ll want to report back to Google. Your feedback will help the company identify, and potentially fix, issues before the official version arrives later on this year.

You can also share feedback directly with Google via the Android 14 Issue Tracker and the Android Beta Feedback app. You can learn more about those over on Google’s website.

You can also share feedback on the Android Beta Reddit.

How to Fix Android 14 Beta Problems

If you encounter an issue with the Android 14 beta, make sure you’re running the latest version. Google recently released Android 14 beta 2 and it fixes the following issues:

  • Fixed a platform stability issue that could cause the UI to lag or freeze, apps to crash, or the device to crash.
  • Fixed an issue with the fingerprint sensor that prevented new fingerprints from being added for Fingerprint Unlock in some cases.
  • Fixed issues with UPI and biometrics that could cause some apps to not work properly.
  • Fixed an issue where a device couldn’t be unlocked using a fingerprint after tapping a notification or choosing a notification action on the lock screen.
  • Fixed an issue on some devices that caused sound to play through the speakers instead of headphones that were connected.
  • Fixed an issue that caused icons on the home screen to appear almost invisible.
  • Fixed issues with gesture navigation that occurred when using a custom launcher.
  • Fixed issues that prevented users from interacting with notifications in the notification shade.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a device to crash after finishing audio or video calls.
  • Fixed an issue where, after entering and exiting picture-in-picture mode, the screen flickered when any apps were launched.
  • Fixed an issue where user restrictions set by DPC admins were not being enforced in Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where, after taking pictures with the Google Camera app, opening the latest picture from the thumbnail in the app briefly displayed a green-colored shade over the image.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the battery percentage to be displayed as 0% after a device reboot regardless of the actual charge level of the device.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a device to crash, and then when the device rebooted any wallpapers that were selected before the reboot were reset.
  • Fixed issues that prevented the Better Bug app from uploading bug reports.
  • Fixed issues that caused the back-to-home gesture to stop working.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the system Settings app to crash repeatedly.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from searching within the system Settings app.
  • Fixed issues that sometimes caused null pointer exceptions for input method editors (IMEs).
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes increased system-wide memory usage unnecessarily.
  • Fixed system issues that could sometimes cause deadlocks.

If you’re still having issues and you can’t wait for Google to release the next version of the beta, you’ll have to try and fix the issue(s) yourself.

The Android Beta Reddit is a great resource for those running into trouble as solutions will be shared there. Same goes for the Pixel Help Forums.

If you’re having trouble installing the Android 14 beta on your Pixel, you’ll want to check out Google’s guide for advice.

If the issues become too frustrating, you can move your phone off of the Android 14 beta. However, you won’t be able to unenroll from the beta and go back to a public release until you’ve wiped all locally saved data on your device.

Google also notes that you might encounter issues restoring a backup.

Where to Find Android 14 Beta Feedback

As we push away from the Android 14 beta release, you’ll want to monitor feedback from early adopters.

We’ve seen feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube. We’ve also seen feedback on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsXDA-Developers, and the Android Beta Reddit.

Short-term feedback about the software is useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from beta testers if you’re on the fence about a move from Android 13 to Android 14 beta or from one version of the Android 14 beta to another.

What’s Next

Google says the next version of the Android 14 beta will come in June. After that company will release stability upgrades as we approach the final release.

The final version of Android 14 will drop for compatible Pixel phones sometime after July. We suspect it will land for these models in August.

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  1. Michael Keating

    05/08/2023 at 1:29 am

    This update is a disaster. Wireless Android Auto no longer works. NFC doesn’t work either. Phone keeps hanging. Do not upgrade ( down grade to this

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