After going through the early developer preview phase, now comes the third Android 12 beta. While the previous developer builds were very early builds, the new Android 12 beta introduces some changes to the OS and should be much more stable.
Google says its main goal is to make Android 12 “more intuitive, perform better, and more secure.” You can learn more about the new Android beta here.
As you would expect with the beta version, this latest is aimed primarily at developers. While it’s further from last look, we’re careful not to try it unless you have a secondary device lying around, as it might be too buggy to use as a daily driver.
For those who have a spare Pixel or who want to be careful, you can download and apply the update manually or via OTA. That said, the recommended method is an over-the-air update which you can sign up for here.
While using a factory image is usually the default method, it is highly recommended to skip the factory image in favor of an OTA image. You still have to install it manually, but using an OTA image doesn’t require you to completely wipe your device. Of course, if you are a developer and want the cleanest method, a factory image is probably better.
Here’s what you need to get started
- A compatible Pixel 3 or later device and a USB cable to connect it to your computer
- Ponsel Pixel yang kompatibel termasuk Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, dan Pixel 5
- Android SDK installed on your machine with ADB and Fastboot commands worked successfully.
Now for the actual steps.
Download the right files to install Android 12 beta
You must download the appropriate file for your device before starting. We recommend using an OTA image instead of a factory image, as the process is easier to do and allows you to keep old files if that’s what you want.
You can also use the full factory image, which requires extra loops like unlocking your bootloader and more. If you want to keep things simple, we recommend overriding OTA. We designed our instructions below for this type of installation.
Prepare your phone
After you have installed the files, you need to reboot your phone into Recovery Mode to apply the OTA. Then, you will be ready to install the Android 12 beta.
- First, turn off your phone.
- Next, hold down the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
- The bootloader menu will now appear. Use volume keys to scroll down to Recovery Mode.
- Select Recovery Mode by clicking the power button.
- You will be presented with an Android robot with an exclamation mark on it. Now you will press the power button and volume up button for about a second.
- Release the volume up button will send you fully into recovery.
- Next, use the volume buttons and scroll down to Apply updates from ADB. Press the power button to select an option.
- Finally, you will see a blank screen that tells you how to do an OTA sideload.
Prepare your PC to install Android 12 beta
Now that your phone is ready, it’s time for the magic to happen.
- Connect your handset to PC via USB cable. Remember, your PC needs to install ADB tools.
- In Windows, go to Command Prompt. On Linux or Mac, you want to use Terminal. For Windows users, make sure you navigate to wherever you saved the folder.
- Next, you have to enter adb sideload for Windows or ./adb sideload for Mac/Linux.
- Now you want to enter the .zip folder name from before and hit enter.
- Once done, your phone will return to Recovery Mode, and you can disconnect the USB cable.
- Go to Reboot Now with volume buttons and press the power button.
There he is. If everything went well, you have successfully installed Android 12 beta.