Earlier this year Google released the Android Q beta for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 family of phones. Now, Android Q beta 3 is available on over 21 devices from 12 different manufacturers. This quick guide will go over what you need to know and show you how to install the Q beta on your phone today.
This is Android Q or Android 10, and you can try it months in advance of the expected August release date around the globe. Keep in mind that this is early software, built for developers, but now that Google opened it up to devices from LG and OnePlus, it should be pretty stable. Either way, here’s how to get it right now.
Android Q Beta Supported Devices
In total, Google opened the Android Q beta 3 for around 21 devices from 12 different manufacturers. That’s the 15 different devices mentioned below, and all six of Google’s Pixel 1, 2, and 3 devices. Sadly, we’re still seeing Samsung stay away from beta programs, which is disappointing.
Here are the devices and links to get started. If they aren’t live right away check back soon.
- ASUS Zenfone 5Z
- Essential Phone
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- LG G8
- Nokia 8.1
- OnePlus 6T
- OPPO Reno
- Realme 3 Pro
- Sony Xperia Z3
- TECNO SPARK 3 Pro
- Vivo X27
- Vivo NEX A
- Vivo NEX S
- Xiaomi Mi 9
- Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
If you have one of the phones mentioned above you can try Android Q right now. Click here for more information or keep reading.
How to Join the Android Q Beta 3 on Your Pixel
Each device has different instructions from their respective manufacturer. If you have a Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL the process is very simple. All you have to do is head to Google’s beta program website. That’s where you’ll see what device you own is eligible to join the beta. You simply go to the site, sign in, opt-in to the beta and agree to Google’s terms (basically saying this is unfinished software) and you’re all set.
- Go to the Android Beta Program website
- Sign into Gmail (if you aren’t already)
- Scroll down and find your list of eligible devices
- Find the phone you want to use, then click the blue Opt-In button
- Agree to Google’s terms, and tap OK
Now, just grab your Pixel phone and go to Settings > System (or similar) > and tap check for updates. You’ll get the latest version of Android Q right on your phone. We recommend backing up your Android first, just to be safe.
If you’re already enjoying the second Android Q beta, you’ll get an automatic update and notification to install the Android Q beta 3 release.
How to Manually Download and Install Android Q
If you’re unable to join the beta, Google will still let owners manually install the software as they’ve always done. This is known as “side-loading” and it’s not for the faint at heart. Honestly, we recommend most owners wait for the beta program, as it’s all automatic. If you’d rather not wait, here are the links and info to download and install it yourself right this moment.
- Follow this guide and get the files below
- Download Android Q for the device you plan to use
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel XL
- Or, download the OTA file and flash it
There are several different ways to manually flash the factory image files for Google’s Android operating system. Whether that’s with ADB, custom tools for flashing, or something else. Our guide has an easy method that works great for beginners, but again, we don’t recommend any of this for beginners either.
Instead, we recommend you simply join the Android Q beta program, then wait for the OTA update notification like typical monthly software upgrades. It’s faster, easier, and likely the safest method for trying a new version of Android. Plus, with the beta program, you’re always on the latest release and you can easily unenroll and instantly revert back to Android 9 Pie.
Give Google’s latest Android Q beta 3 a try right now, and stay tuned for more details and a full what’s new changelog in the near future.
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