Android 12 beta 5: Find out how to obtain and set up Google’s cellphone OS on Pixel, OnePlus and extra

Android 12: We love these hidden features. Here's how to use them yourself

Android 12 is nearly prepared. We’ll inform you methods to get began and what to know. 


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Google simply launched Android 12 beta 5, the ultimate beta earlier than the brand new working system formally arrives. Android 12 contains a number of options and adjustments, with probably the most notable being a brand new design that adjustments the whole look of Android. It is referred to as referred to as Materials You.

Should you’ve been holding off on testing Android 12 due to its beta standing, proper now’s arguably one of the best time to join the general public beta and get an early have a look at the replace. You can take a look at the improved privateness controls, and play with the Materials You design that adapts the interface and adjustments the colour of your cellphone’s seems to match your wallpaper. One other profit? Android gadgets will even now work higher with different gadgets, like Chromebooks and Android TVs due to a new distant function

Under I will stroll you thru the method of signing up for the fifth and closing beta of Android 12 so long as you have got a appropriate system


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Can I install the Android 12 beta on my phone?

Google’s Pixel phone and some of the company’s hardware partners, such as OnePlus, ZTE, TCL, Oppo, RealMe, Sharp, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi and Asus, have kept pace with the Android 12 beta schedule with updates for select phones. If you own a device from one of the listed partners, Google’s developer website has a list with links directly to the instructions for your respective phone.

The installation process for each vendor varies, and each phone-maker limits which models are included in the beta. For example, OnePlus is currently offering the Android 12 beta for the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, and strongly suggests that only developers install the beta for now. However, if you insist, you can install the beta. You’ll need to download the update package on your computer, transfer it to your phone’s storage, and then go through the process of installing a “local OTA” update. OnePlus lays out the steps on this forum post, which also has a giant warning in red that the update may brick your phone. Yikes.

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There are plenty of partners this year. 


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TCL has released an Android 12 preview for the TCL 20 Pro 5G, and warns that the process will wipe all information and data from your phone. The installation process requires you to flash (install) the update using a program TCL built specifically to install the beta using a Windows computer. Here are the instructions.  

If you don’t have a Pixel phone, I’d proceed with caution and, realistically, I’d opt to wait for the official release later this year, or at the very least, until closer to the official launch when each company has had more time to fix any major issues. 

Google’s install process isn’t as scary, but it doesn’t come without its own share of risks. Here’s a list of the specific Google Pixel models that can take part in the Android 12 beta: 

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Pick which device you want to install Android 12 on. 


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How do I start using Android 12 beta on my Pixel phone?

Here are the steps I followed on a Pixel phone. Start by visiting the Android Beta Program website. Sign in to the site using the same Google account you’re using on your phone. Google will present you with some warnings about using a beta operating system. Read through the information and agree to it when you’re done. 

At the bottom of the page will be a list of phones linked to your account that are eligible to participate in the beta. Click the Opt-In button for the phone you want to enroll in the program. Accept the terms and conditions and click Confirm and Enroll when you’re finished. 

Next, grab your phone and go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for update. Your phone may need a few minutes to show the update, so if you don’t see a pending update the first time you tap on the update button, give it a few minutes and try again. Once your phone does show the update, install it as you would any other update. But this time when your phone reboots, it will be running this early test version of Android 12. 

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The Pixel 5a isn’t part of the Android 12 beta program… yet.


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Can I leave the Android 12 beta?

If you decide that the Android 12 beta is too buggy or battery life isn’t great, you can leave the beta program. But… and this is a big but… you’ll need to factory reset your phone to go back to Android 11. You should be able to use an old backup to restore your phone to its Android 11 form, but it’s entirely possible you’ll lose some data during the transition. 

To leave the beta, visit the beta website again, but this time click on the Opt-Out button below your device. Wait a minute or two, then check for a software update on your phone in Settings > System > Advanced > System Update > Check for update. Install the update, which will factory reset your phone, and when it’s done you’ll need to set your phone back up, starting with signing in to your Google account. 

My best advice? If you’re unsure about anything with the word “beta” in it, just wait until Android 12 is officially released. To prepare for the launch of Android 12, be sure to check out our favorite hidden features, as well as the features we’ve loved using during the beta.

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