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.
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 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.
- 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 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.
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.
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.