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How to Install the Android Q Beta on Your Pixel

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There are still a lot of phones waiting for Android 9 Pie, but Google just announced and released the first Android Q beta or preview for the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 family of phones. This quick guide will go over what you need to know and show you how to install the Android 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 very early software, built for developers, and is not intended for daily use on average users smartphones. Still, here’s how to get it right now.

Android Q Beta Supported Devices

In total, Google only opened the Android Q beta for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. And honestly, we’re surprised the original Pixel is included in the beta. That said, we’re expecting more than a dozen phones from several different manufacturers to get access in the coming weeks and months. Similar to the slow rollout and beta program for Android P in 2018.

For now, only those with a Pixel device can try Google’s latest version of Android. We’ll update this post with more information and download links once other phones get included.

How to Join the Android Q Beta Right Now

To start, just 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.

Instructions

  1. Go to the Android Beta Program website
  2. Sign into Gmail (if you aren’t already)
  3. Scroll down and find your list of eligible devices
  4. Find the phone you want to use, then click the blue Opt-In button
  5. 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.

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.

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 everyone wait for the Android Q beta program to go live, opt-in, and just wait for the OTA update like every other monthly software upgrade. It’s faster, easier, and likely the safest method for trying a new version of Android. Plus, with the beta program, you can always unenroll and instantly revert back to Android 9 Pie.

Give Google’s latest Android Q 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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