Android 12 is almost here, but if you’ve got a recent Pixel device and are willing to take the risk then you can have the Beta now. The process to get the update as an OTA is actually really simple:

  1. Head to the Android Beta page
  2. Select the eligible device that you want to install Android 12 on
  3. Wait for the OTA to be sent to your device

The eligible devices include the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a (5G) and the Pixel 5.

Now, of course, there is the old fashioned way of downloading the factory images and flashing your device. There are — depending on your point of view — pros and cons to both. By flashing a factory image, the likely pathway for developers, you’ll lose everything on your phone. Where if you choose the OTA it’s a far smoother experience, but there is the chance some apps may not like the update.

When we say risk: This is Beta software, so there are features that may not be finished or outright broken. If you choose to put the Beta on a device, we recommend that it’s not critical to your daily use.

Are you ready for the new features in Android 12 to hit your device, or are you going to wait for the final release candidate before jumping aboard the update train?

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Hope it helps a lot

Shane Wilson

Installed the Android 12 beta on my Pixel 5. No issues so far, even Google Pay works (unlike Android 11 beta).


I jumped in on a spare device. Time to find the bugs and report them.


I like the new look. No issues to report so far.