How to Join the Android P Beta Right Now

In this guide we’ll show you how to sign up and enroll in the Android P beta program right now. Letting you try Google’s latest version of Android months in advance. In a surprise turn of events, Google just opened the Android P beta for multiple smartphones, not just the Google Pixel or Pixel 2.

You can try the Android P beta (developer preview 2) starting May 8th on the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Additionally, phones from Nokia, Essential, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Sony, Vivo, and Oppo all get access today. In total, 11 devices can try Android P right now.

Read: Android P Beta: What’s New & What to Know

If you have the Essential PH-1, a OnePlus 6, a Google Pixel, or one of the many new supported devices, you can try Android P preview 2 right now. Simply follow the link and our step-by-step instructions below.

Android P Beta Available on multiple devices starting today

Android P Beta Supported Devices

In total, Google will let 11 different phones try Android P today. Then, we’re expecting more options and additional devices at a later date. The list of supported phones is: Google Pixel/XL, Google Pixel 2/XL, OnePlus 6, Essential PH-1, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, and Vivo X21/UD.

These manufacturers just released more information too. Sadly, the OnePlus 5T isn’t a part of this group, and only the unannounced OnePlus 6. For more information click on these links from Essential, Nokia, Sony, Vivo, and Oppo to get started. Or, just join the beta program below.

How to Join the Android P Beta Right Now

To start, just head to Google’s beta program website. That’s where you’ll see what device you own can try Android P. Go to Google’s Android P beta page, opt-in, agree to the terms, and wait for the Android P update to hit your device. I already received it on the Pixel XL, and it was over 400MB in size.

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 go to Settings > System (or similar) > and tap check for updates. You’ll get the latest version of Android P right on your phone. It’s worth noting that only devices that support Project Treble, and have Android 8 Oreo already are eligible for this program.

This is a surprise turn of events, as everyone expected a very limited beta only for Google’s Pixel smartphones.

Go ahead and navigate to the Android beta program website, and see if you have an eligible device. Any phone connected to your Google account that is eligible will appear on this list. It’s that easy. We recommend backing up your Android first, just to be safe.

Read: Android 8.0 vs Android P: What’s New

While you’re here, take a peek at our extensive comparison linked to above. We go over what’s new in Android P so far, so you know what to expect. Keep in mind that those images are from the 1st preview, so you’ll find new additions to the software downloading today.

Other Details

This is the first time Google’s ever released a version of Android early for more than just a Nexus or Pixel device. So while it’s exciting, you might run into problems. Just make sure you know what to expect, back up your device first, and are prepared for the situation. Don’t just instantly register for the beta on your Nokia or OnePlus device if it’s your only device.

Basically, be smart, use caution, and know what you’re getting into before you proceed. For more details, below are a few reasons why you should and maybe shouldn’t try the Android P beta today. At least for the Pixel, but those same reasons apply to any and all devices.

5 Reasons to Install the Pixel Android P Update & 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t

Install Android P If You Like Living on the Edge

Install Android P If You Like Living on the Edge

Google's developer preview betas are exactly that, an early developer preview. They aren't intended for anyone and everyone. Even though anyone that wants to try it can.

In fact, Pixel owners will run into bugs, there's no question about that. Google themselves confirmed more than a few are present in the software when they released it back in March. I have it on my Pixel XL and Pixel 2, and it seems pretty stable. All I had to do was join the beta, click ok, and wait for the update to hit my phone.

We're expecting each beta to get better and more stable as we move forward. Google just released the second preview in May at Google I/O, and we're expecting a third release in June or July. Then, the final and official software in August or September. 

Either way, you should only install it if you like living on the edge and can deal with issues. Yes, it has some benefits, but also a few cons. So far the software runs pretty smooth, and battery life seems decent. Don't say we didn't warn you though.

You can try it on phones from Sony, OnePlus, Oppo, Essential, Nokia and a few others. Not just the Pixel and Pixel 2. 

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