Android 12 Beta is now available for download on these phones
Android 12 was officially announced during the Google's I/O 2021 event, offering a colorful Material New design and more fun changes. To those curious to try it out – you already can!
Granted, you'll need an eligible smartphone and it's worth noting that running a developer Android beta version is not a good idea unless you're actually an Android developer yourself. Beta software can be quite unstable, and your phone's functionality will become limited, so proceed at your own risk or simply wait for the public Android 12 release later this year. In any case...
Which phones can get the Android 12 Beta?
During the I/O event, Google announced that the first smartphones to be getting access to the Android 12 beta will unsurprisingly include Pixel phones. You will need to be using the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G) or Pixel 5. Google has provided Android 12 beta downloads for each of those phones here.
If you have an Asus Zenfone 8, you can download the Android 12 beta for that phone from Asus' website. That web page also has step-by-step instructions on how to install it, and information on which features don't work yet. Those include the fingerprint sensor and face unlock.
Those using the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro can get the Android 12 developer preview from OnePlus' website here. The site also explains the installation process for those particular phones.
Warning: We've had reports that the Android 12 beta gets some OnePlus devices stuck in a bootloop.
Xiaomi users who own the Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11, Mi 11i and Mi 11X Pro can download the Android 12 beta for those phones from this Xiaomi page. There Xiaomi has also explained how to install it and listed a number of bugs to be expected.
Right now only the Vivo iQOO 7 can get the Android 12 beta. If you own that phone, please refer to Vivo's Android 12 beta download page.
If you're using a recent Android phone made by Realme, Sharp, Tecno, TCL or ZTE, you can refer to Google's "Partners and eligible devices" page for relevant Android 12 beta downloads and instructions.
If your smartphone or brand isn't included there, then the Android 12 beta isn't available to you right now, but it could be in the future. You can inquire with your phone's manufacturer on when and if you can expect an Android 12 beta to become available.
How to install the Android 12 Beta on Pixel phones
Again, installing beta software is not recommended unless you're a developer, but if you're set on it and have an eligible Pixel smartphone, you can now download Android 12 from this page. Google has provided different downloads for each eligible Pixel phone.
Afterwards, you'll need to enable USB Debugging on your Pixel smartphone via the Developer options menu, connect the phone to your computer via USB, and on your computer navigate to Google's Android Flash Tool page. The Android Flash Tool will guide you through the rest.
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