Google has released a preview version of the upcoming Android Q, the Android Q beta, maintaining an established tradition since the company has always released a beta build during early March.
The Android Q beta is aimed at developers, but regular users are also able to download and install the update if they want. Keep in mind that since we are looking at a beta version, some features may not work or have the potential to cause system-wide instability. Stable incarnations of past versions were usually provided at the start of the summer, while full versions are released in August.
The brave souls that wish to test the new operating system will have to own a Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, or one of the Pixel 2 devices. Some believe that the update will also arrive for the first Pixels devices, but that remains to be seen. Below you can find a complete installation guide.
However, before you attempt to install the Android Q beta, it is strongly advised to backup all your important files. A good backup will include relevant information and data, among which we can count apps, SMS messages, call history and media content like photos and videos.
How to install Android Q beta on your Google Pixel smartphone
Google Pixel owners have the option enroll in the beta by visiting the Android Beta page and signing-in with a valid Google Account. After this task is completed, you will be asked to choose a compatible device. An over-the-air update will be sent to your phone.
Once you are enrolled in the Android Q beta program, a notification should appear on the screen. You can also manually check for a system update, but it shouldn’t take too long. A handy warning will allow you to install the current beta and other beta versions which will be released in the future.
If you are unhappy with the Android Q beta experience at this point, you have the option to uninstall the beta and revert to Android Pie.
Mike Fisher was a reporter for Digital Overload before becoming the lead editor. Mike has over fifty bylines and has reported on countless stories concerning all things related to technology. Mike studied business at St. John’s University..