Android 12 Beta is here! Designed for you

Google's new Android 12 phone operating system is stunning, and it's also the most significant Android redesign in years. At Google I/O, the software giant unveiled the new design and features, as well as the first public beta of Android 12, which anyone with a compatible device can download and test. 

The Android 12 beta will include features such as improved privacy controls and an adaptive interface that changes the color of your phone's looks to match your wallpaper for those brave enough to try this early version. Other devices, such as Chromebooks and Android TVs, will now work better with Android devices.

Here's everything you need to know about getting Android 12 on your phone right now if you're an early adopter ready to help Google test the next Android operating system. Here are the six best Android 12 features, in our opinion.

Will Android 12 beta work on my phone? 

For Pixel phones, as well as select models from OnePlus, ZTE, TCL, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, Vivi, Xiaomi, and Asus, Google is releasing the first Android 12 public beta. Google's developer website has created a one-stop page with links to the instructions for each hardware partner participating in the beta program. 

In the past, each vendor's installation procedure was distinct. The majority of them require a wired connection to your computer to install the update, and you'll almost always have to factory-reset your phone during the process.

Here are the specific Google Pixel models that can take part in testing right now: ‌
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3a XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL

What's the best way to get started with Android 12 beta on my phone? 

On a Pixel phone, I followed these steps. If you use one of the other supported devices, you might notice some differences. Begin by going to the Android Beta Program's official website. Use the same Google account you use on your phone to log in to the website. You'll get some warnings from Google about using a beta operating system. When you've finished reading the information, agree to it.

A list of phones linked to your account that are eligible to participate in the beta will appear at the bottom of the page. To enroll a phone in the program, click the Opt-In button for that phone. Accept the terms and conditions and click Confirm and Enroll when you're finished.

After that, take your phone to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Keep an eye out for new information. It may take a few minutes for your phone to display the update, so if you don't see one the first time you tap on the update button, wait a few minutes and try again. When the update appears on your phone, install it as you would any other update. When your phone reboots, however, it will run this early test version of Android 12.

Is it possible for me to exit the Android 12 beta? 

You can opt out of the beta program if you find the Android 12 beta to be too buggy or the battery life to be inadequate. But... and this is a big but... if you want to go back to Android 11, you'll have to factory reset your phone. You should be able to restore your phone to Android 11 using an old backup, but there's a chance you'll lose some data in the process. 

To exit the beta, go back to the beta website and click the Opt-Out button below your device.
Wait a minute or two, then go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for Update to see if your phone needs a software update. Install the update, which will factory-reset your phone, and then begin setting it up again, beginning with signing into your Google account. 

My best piece of advice? Before installing the beta, wait until Android 12 is closer to its final release. The update will become more stable as Google continues to work on it and refine it, and battery life will improve (not to mention app developers will be able to release updates ensuring that third-party apps are compatible).

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