If you have one of these phones, you can now install Android 12. We explain how to do it step by step.
Android 12 is here . The new version of the operating system is available to be downloaded and installed, and it brings with it a good number of interesting news that many of the owners of Android devices will welcome with open arms.
Instead of waiting for the deployment of the definitive edition of Android 12 – something that will take place in summer 2021 – it is now possible to install Android 12 on some compatible mobiles . Today we explain how to do it step by step.
Android 12 is the new version of Google’s operating system.
What devices are compatible with Android 12?
During the beta phase intended for developers and advanced users, Android 12 can only be installed on Google Pixel series devices . And not all of them, since neither the 2016 models nor those of the Pixel 2 series are compatible with the latest version of the system.
- Google Pixel 5
- Google Pixel 4a (5G)
- Google Pixel 4a
- Google Pixel 4 XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 3a
- Google Pixel 3 XL
- Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 4a is one of the phones compatible with Android 12.Some brands have also announced Android 12 Beta compatibility with their devices . In either case, the process for installing the update is the same.
Install Android 12 manually
Before starting to see the steps to install Android 12 , it is convenient to make sure that we meet one of the essential requirements, such as having the drivers for our device installed – normally they are installed automatically when connecting the mobile phone to the computer for the first time – in a computer, as well as the ADB drivers .
Once this is done, which will also be used to carry out other advanced procedures in Android , we can continue.
Android 12 Beta can be installed in several different ways: via its OTA file , or via its full factory image . In this case, we choose the first option, although the process is the same in any case and only the type of file to download changes . With that said, we can start:
- The first thing to do is download the OTA package corresponding to your device. All of them are available on the Android developer website , categorized according to the device they belong to, the date and the version on which they are based.
- Connect your device to the computer with USB debugging enabled and, through a command window (CMD on Windows, and Terminal on macOS or Linux), execute the instruction “adb devices” . If the serial number of the terminal appears, everything is correct to continue.
- Turn off the phone and boot into bootloader mode manually – usually by holding down the Power and Volume buttons while turning on -, or via the command “adb reboot bootloader” .
- Now you have to access the recovery mode : for this, go down through the volume keys of the device until you are on top of “Recovery mode”, and access through the power button –Power– of the terminal.
- The device will reboot, although it will boot to a screen showing Andy’s image along with a red caution sign . You will have to press and hold the power buttons and, about a second later, to increase the volume, to be able to enter the system recovery.
- Navigating through the volume keys, we must position ourselves over the option “Apply update from ADB” , and access through the power button. Now we can proceed to the installation of the OTA from the command window.
- On the computer, within the command window and with the device still connected via USB, use the command ” adb sideload [OTA FILE] .zip “ , where [OTA FILE] is the path of the downloaded update file. If everything is correct, we will see how the installation process begins.
- Once finished, the device will restart automatically, booting into the new version of the system that we just installed.
That is all. When the process is completely finished, it will be possible to start enjoying the news of Android 12 . Once Google is releasing the next preliminary versions, it will no longer be necessary to carry out this process again , but each update will arrive via OTA.
Install Android 12 Beta
It is also possible to install Android 12 Beta through the Android 12 beta program. This is the simplest and fastest process to install Android 12 , since all you have to do is access the program’s website, log in with your Google account and select the device to update.
Once this is done, the update will reach the device via OTA when it is available, and the same with future versions that will continue until the deployment of the final version.