How to get Android 13 beta on your phone right now?
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(Pocket-lint) – Google has announced the latest version of Android. It’s called Android 13 and the first public beta is rolling out now.
What is Android 13 Public Beta?
Public betas are released before a software is officially released, and they usually follow developer beta testing.
For starters – at least in the first beta – there aren’t many massive (or really obvious) changes. And given how significant the Android 12 refresh is on the design front, we wouldn’t necessarily expect a major overhaul this year.
It’s not the final release, however, as it won’t arrive until this fall. To see the full Android 13 release schedule, check out Pocket-lint’s Android 13 guide here.
Google offers developer betas and public betas to gather feedback from developers and daily users, respectively. In these early phases, when the software is still under development, Google also uses betas to fix potential issues and give developers plenty of time to update their apps.
For this reason, we don’t recommend running the Android 13 public beta on your primary phone. Use a secondary device instead. If you choose to install the software, be aware that it will be a bit wonky and apps might not work. Hopefully this will all be fixed before the final release.
How to Get the Android 13 Public Beta
The first beta of Android 13 is already available and you can register now on compatible devices.
Android Beta Program
Google has made it as easy as possible to try the Android 13 public beta on your device, by offering the Android Beta program. This allows anyone registered to update their Android device to the public beta and receive over-the-air updates for free.
This same beta program was used for Android Nougat, Oreo, Pie, Android Q/10, Android 11 and Android 12. It’s simple. You don’t have to flash updates or anything that complicated.
Here’s how you can start:
- Visit google.com/android/beta to sign up for the Android Beta program.
- Sign in to your Google account when prompted.
- If you see two options, make sure you choose the Android 13 public beta and not the latest Android 12 beta.
- Your eligible devices will be listed on the next page, click to register for the beta program.
- Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System update to check available downloads. It should appear in a few minutes.
If you used the Android beta program before the Android 13 public beta, you will need to re-register your phone. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll continue to be updated with each new Android 13 beta build automatically, over the air.
If you don’t want these updates, or decide you no longer want the beta software, you can follow the steps above, but then click “unenroll device”.
Which phones support the Android 13 beta?
You need one of the following Android devices to install the developer beta:
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- Pixel 4 and 4 XL
- Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5 and 5a
- Pixel 5 and 6 Pro
What about the Android 13 developer preview?
The developer preview is an early build of Android 12 specifically for developer testing. If you’re not a developer, join the public beta instead.
How to Get the Android 13 Developer Preview
The video below explains how to get the preview version of Android 11 on your device, but the steps mentioned are pretty much the same for Android 12 and 13.
Prepare your Android phone
The first step is to prepare your Android phone. You must be using a Pixel phone for the Developer Preview. And, to get this device ready, you need to enable a few developer options. Follow the steps below:
- Go to Settings > About phone and now find “Build Number”.
- Tap it repeatedly until you get the popup telling you that you are now a developer.
- Enter your PIN/password.
- Go to Settings > System > Advanced and find “Developer options”.
- Now you need to find the button next to USB debugging and enable it.
- Also enable the option to enable OEM unlock.
- Enter your PIN code again, and press “enable”.
Now your phone is ready, and all you have to do is plug it into your PC or Mac. If you’re using Windows, you’ll probably need to install a driver, which you can get here. You may also need to select USB mode in your phone’s drop-down shade and select the file transfer mode.
Flash Android 13
At this point, you can flash Android 13 using the Flash Tool page:
- Open Chrome, and go to the Android Developer Preview download page.
- You will see a list of devices, now click on the link next to your device in the list.
- The Android Flash Tool page opens.
- You will get a popup asking for permission to access your ADB keys. Click ‘OK’.
- Click “Start”.
- You are now asked to do everything we did at the beginning to prepare your phone.
- Now click on ‘add a new device’.
- A new popup window will appear with all compatible connected devices.
- Click on your Pixel, and click “Connect”.
- Another pop-up will appear on your phone screen, saying “Allow USB debugging”.
- Check the pop-up box on your phone screen to enable it.
- The phone appears as connected on the Android Flash Tool page in your desktop browser.
- Click on it, and on the next screen you will see what it is about to install.
- Click “Install”, then you need to agree to some terms.
- Select again the device on which you want to install the preview.
- Unlock your device’s bootloader: Click “Start” in the Flash Tool on our desktop.
- On your phone, you will see a black screen with text like “Do not unlock bootloader”.
- Now press the volume down button on your Pixel until it says “Unlock the bootloader”.
- Press the power button to select.
Your phone is completely ready to receive the software installation. Look at your Chrome browser, and do nothing more with your phone. Let the process happen on its own. Even if your phone screen changes to show the Fastboot menu, let it and the process will continue. You will see the download and installation. Eventually the process will complete and your phone will reboot.
It’ll take you through the usual process of setting up the phone, and once that’s done, you’ll run the Android 13 dev preview.
Written by Maggie Tillman and Cam Bunton.