After releasing two developer previews of Android 13, Google is now rolling out the first beta of Android 13 to eligible Pixel phones ahead of Google I/O 2022. If you have a supported Pixel phone, you can try the upcoming Android 13 in the beta. channel right now. In this article, we have detailed the steps on how to install Android 13 first beta on your Pixel phone.
How to Install Android 13 Beta (2022)
Pixel phones compatible with Android 13
The following Pixel phones will receive the Android 13 update directly from Google. This time, Google drops support for Pixel 3a and 3a XL. See the full list of supported Android 13 Pixel devices below:
- Google Pixel 4
- Google Pixel 4XL
- Pixel 4a
- Google Pixel 4a (5G)
- Google Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a (5G)
- Google Pixel 6
- Google Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a (likely launched with Android 13)
Install Android 13 Beta Using Android Beta Program
Unlike the developer preview builds of Android 13, Google offers an official OTA program for beta builds. This way, you can choose to join the beta program and get new beta updates as soon as they leave. Follow the steps below to register for the Android 13 Beta OTA program.
1. Visit Google’s Android 13 Beta Program website and sign in with your Google account. You will now see a list of all your eligible devices under the “Devices” section. Click on the “Opt in” button present under the name of your device to sign up for the Android 13 beta OTA update. You can also opt out of the beta program later from this page.
2. After signing up for the beta program, wait a few minutes for the OTA to reach your Pixel phone. You can manually check for updates from Settings -> System -> System Update.
3. Once the update arrives, download it and wait for the installation process to complete. Restart the phone after the update to start using Android 13 beta on your Pixel phone.
Sideloading Android 13 Beta OTA Image
If you prefer to manually install the OTA image instead of signing up for the official OTA, you can do that too. It is worth pointing out sideloading image OTA does not wipe your phone. Also, you don’t need to unlock your bootloader to install the OTA image, making it a convenient method to install the Android 13 beta.
Beforehand, make sure you have installed ADB on your PC and enabled USB debugging on your phone from Settings -> Developer Options -> Enable USB Debugging. If you don’t see developer options, you can tap Settings -> About phone -> Build number seven times to activate it. With that out of the way, follow the steps below to sideload Android 13 beta OTA:
- Download Android 13 beta OTA image for your Pixel phone from Google OTA Downloads Portal. You need to place the downloaded image in the folder where you installed ADB on your PC. Next, open a command prompt window in the ADB folder and use the following command to reboot into recovery mode:
adb reboot recovery
- You will now see the “No command” screen with the Android logo. Press and hold the power and volume up buttons for a while and release the volume up button followed by the power button to fully enter recovery mode. After the phone restarts in recovery mode, choose the option “Apply update from ADB”. You can use the volume buttons to move up and down and the power button to make a selection in recovery mode.
- To start the installation process, use the following ADB command on your PC. Right here,
refers to the Android 13 beta OTA image you downloaded earlier. For simplicity, you can rename the zip file to “update” or “Android 13”, although directly pasting the file name also works fine.
Once the installation process is complete, choose “Reboot system now” to restart your Pixel. Your phone should now boot to Android 13 beta and you can pick up where you left off.
Install Android 13 Beta Using Android Flash Tool
Another method to install the Android 13 beta is to use the Android Flash tool. To start, check if you have enabled USB debugging and OEM unlock on your phone from Settings -> Developer Options. Once done, follow the steps below:
- You will now see a pop-up prompting you to allow access to ADB keys. Click on “Allow ADB access” and allow USB debugging prompt from your Pixel phone.
- Click “Add New Device” to link your Pixel phone to the Flash Tool.
- A prompt will now appear in the upper left corner of your browser. Choose your Pixel phone and click “Connect” to connect your device.
- Choose “Android 13 beta 1” as the target build in the list of available builds. Although it does not show Android 13 Beta 1 in the screenshot below since the device is already on Beta 1, you will see the Beta 1 listing on your side.
- By default, Android Flash Tool wipes your phone and relocks your bootloader. By tapping the pencil icon next to the build number, you have the option to change the settings. To finish, click on “Install version” to start the installation process.
- If all is well, you will see the “Install completed. The version was successfully installed. You can now safely unplug your device » message in the flash tool. Your phone should now be running Android 13 Beta.
Install Android 13 Beta Factory Image
Installing Android 13 beta using a factory image is also a possibility you might consider. This method is ideal for those using a Pixel device with an unlocked bootloader. After making sure you have enabled USB debugging, follow the steps below to install Android 13 from a factory image:
- First you need to download the factory image of your Pixel from Google Factory Image Download Portal. Extract the downloaded zip file to your ADB installation folder. The install script clears the data by default, but you can choose to keep the data. To do this, edit the flash-all.sh or flash-all.bat (Windows) file and remove the “-w” flag using a text editor.
- Open a command prompt window in the ADB installation folder and use the following command to reboot into fastboot mode.
adb reboot bootloader
- Double-click ‘flash-all.bat’ if you are on Windows or run the ‘flash-all’ command if you are on macOS or Linux to begin installing the Android 13 factory image. installation complete, your phone will boot to Android 13 beta.
What is the easiest way to install Android 13 Beta?
The easiest way to install the Android 13 beta is through the Beta OTA program. Sign up for the program and you will receive the version in a moment. If you are comfortable with ADB commands, sideloading the OTA image is the next best method. Although the initial setup may take a few minutes, installing the release is as easy as running a simple ADB command.
Then there’s the Flash Tool method, ideal for those with a reliable internet connection. Meanwhile, the factory image method is for those who are already used to tinkering with their devices and have an unlocked bootloader. Among all these methods, you can choose the one that suits you best.
Install Android 13 Beta on your phone
That brings us to the end of this Android 13 installation guide. If you encounter any errors or obstacles during the installation process, please let us know in the comments and we will try to help you. . If you don’t have a compatible Pixel phone, be sure to browse our Android 13 coverage to stay up to date with all the major features Google has planned to introduce in this iteration of Android.