Download and Install the developer Preview of Latest Android version (Android 11) on your Google Pixel Smartphone
- 1 Download and Install the developer Preview of Latest Android version (Android 11) on your Google Pixel Smartphone
Google has started the testing program of the new Android version 11. Android 11 comes with multiple features that would get you excited about it. You can look at the upcoming features of Android 11 here.
Google has launched a developer preview of Android 11 for only Pixel Smartphones and will roll out the Android 11 update for Samsung and Oppo devices in Q1 of 2021. Here is how you can get Android 11 for Pixel Device
Android 11 Developer Preview is available on Google Pixel 4 / 4 XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 3 / 3 XL, and Pixel 2 / 2 XL.
Developer Preview releases are early baseline builds for developers only. Because they’re not suitable for daily use by early adopters or consumers, we’re making them available by manual download and flash only. To flash these builds, note that you’ll need to do a full reset, so make sure to back up your data first.
1. Download the OTA file
You need to download the beta OTA file from Google’s Full OTA Image hosting site. The beta OTA file for your smartphone is available here. Make sure you download the appropriate file required for your smartphone.
2. Boot into Recovery mode
Next, you’ll boot your Pixel into Recovery mode. To do this, fully power down your handset. Then, hold down on the Power button and the Volume down button at the same time until you get to the Bootloader page. You will know you’re in the right place when you see an Android figure lying down on the screen.
Using your volume buttons, scroll down to Recovery mode. Select this by clicking the power button. Alternatively, if you’re already connected to a computer with ADB, you can use the reboot recovery command.
Now you should see a smaller Android lying down with an exclamation mark over it. From here, press the Power button and the Volume up button for about a second to fully enter Recovery mode. Releasing the Volume up button will send you into Recovery.
Using the volume buttons, scroll down to Apply update from ADB and select it with the power button. This will launch a mostly blank screen with text near the bottom directing you on how to sideload an OTA, such as this one for the Android 11 Developer Preview.
4. Connect the handset to a computer with ADB tools installed
This step is important as it’s the only way to transfer the downloaded OTA file to your handset. You’ll need to have ADB and Fastboot tools in a handy place. You can download ADB tools from the Android Developers website. The Universal ADB Drivers from ClockWorkMod also make the process much easier if you are on a Windows machine versus the drivers already on your machine.
5. Enter the sideload command
As long as everything is in place, you can now sideload the OTA file. On Windows, ensure your Command Prompt is directed to the ADB tools folder and type in adb sideload. If you’re on macOS or Linux, do the same thing in Terminal (use “cd” and “ls” commands to make sure your Terminal is pointed at the right folder, Google it if you need help) but type in ./adb sideload. You’ll then need to insert the file name of the .zip folder you downloaded from Google and hit enter to start the process.
If everything is working properly, you should see some dialog on your computer and handset that shows the process of the sideload and installation process.
6. Reboot your phone
Once the OTA is done installing, you will be taken back to Recovery Mode. The last step to jump into the new update is to select the Reboot Now option with your power button.
Note: This process won’t wipe your device, but it’s good practice to backup any irreplaceable data in case something goes wrong.