Android 11 beta version is now available to download. The upcoming Android version can be installed on select phones. For this, users have to sign for the Android beta program.
However, despite the timely release, there is some bad news with the latest beta. Unlike Android 10 first beta, you can install the new build on only a handful of devices. In comparison, when the first Android 10 beta rolled out, it supported about two dozen devices.
The new beta supports only the Google Pixel 2 series, 3 series, 3a series, and Pixel 4 series. The beta 1 release includes the final SDK and NDK APIs. Google will also open Play Store publishing for apps targeting Android 11. The update already includes some features previously not seen in the Developer Preview 4. But if you’re wondering how to sign up for the program and use the beta version, we’ve got you covered. Follow the steps given below to get it done.
How to sign up for Android Beta program
Step 1: Head over to the Android Beta website and sign in with your Gmail ID.
Step 2: Now click on the View eligible devices to see the devices which can run the Android 11 beta version. This can be any Pixel phone from 2 to 4XL.
Step 3: Select the device on which you to get the over the air (OTA) update of 11 beta . Read through the terms and conditions and accept to move ahead.
Step 3: Go to Settings – System update on the Pixel phone and check for new update. You will get notification for Android 11 beta. Click on it to try the pre-released version.
Things to note
Google says since the version 11 is yet to release, it will have bugs and issues which can alter the behavior of a device. So, it’s highly recommended do not use the beta version on a primary device. By downloading the beta version, your Pixel phone will not be getting monthly security updates, till the version does not roll out to everyone. And most importantly, if you decide to roll back the version after installing the beta, you will have to reset the device and start using it from scratch. This means you will lose all the data stored on the device.
– Go to the testing program opt-in page.
– If needed, sign in to your Google Account.
– Select Become a tester.
– To use the beta version, follow the onscreen instructions.
If you have a qualified Google Pixel device, you can check and update your Android version to receive Android 11 over the air. Alternatively, if you’d rather flash your device manually, you can get the Android 11 system image for your device on the Pixel downloads page.
– Head to your Settings app, and scroll down until you see System.
– Tap System > Advanced > System update.
– Tap Check for update, and then the Download and install button.
– You may also need to confirm that you want to download and install it now, rather than waiting for your phone’s downtime.
Set up Android Emulator to run Android 11 Install the latest Preview build of Android Studio. In Android Studio, click Tools > SDK Manager. In the SDK Tools tab, select the latest version of Android Emulator, and click OK. This installs the latest version if it’s not already installed.
– Back up all your data.
– Open your phone’s Settings menu.
– Select System, then Advanced, then System Update.
– Select Check for Update and download Android 11.
– Head to Android Beta program portal on your Pixel phone.
– Sign in to the Google account associated with that phone.
– Scroll down to Your eligible devices.
– Find the device you want to enroll in the Beta program and tap Opt-in.