Google has released the Android 11 beta to the general public today. This means that anyone with a compatible smartphone can now install Android 11 on their phone. That’s pretty cool, right? Well, if you want to try out the latest version of Android 11, or Android R, here is how to install Android 11 beta on your phone.
List of Phones Compatible with Android 11 Beta
First let’s make sure that our phone is compatible with Android 11 beta. We were hoping that Google will expand the compatibility list for Android 11 today, but it didn’t. Here are the phones that you can install Android 11 beta on right now:
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
If your phone is not on the list don’t worry. Google will add more devices to the list as the days go by, so just check back often.
How to Install Android 11 Beta on Any Android Phone
Assuming that your phone is on the list of compatible devices you have two ways to install Android 11. We will discuss both of them here. Let’s take them one by one.
Flashing the Android 11 Image
This method is not meant for everyone. In fact, this should only be used if you explicitly need to manually install the Android 11 update on your phone. This method requires familiarity with ADB tools as well. If you want to manually install Android 11 beta on your phone, you can follow Google’s official steps.
Note: If you are already using the developer beta of Android 11, you will get an OTA update for Android 11 beta by default. You don’t need to perform any of these steps.
This is the easier method and the one I would recommend you to use. Thanks to this method, installing Android 11 is just a few clicks away.
- Head over to this website and sign in with your Google account. Once done, select your eligible device from the list and enrol it in the beta program.
- You will then get a notification on your phone informing you that you have a pending software update. Just install this and you’re done!
Bear in mind that it might take some time for the update to be available for your device. While usually it takes a few minutes only, some times it can take hours as well. In fact, Google says that it may take over 24 hours to get the update on your phone. So you know, just be patient.