How to test Android 13 on your mobile before its official launch

Every year there is a new android version. This year is Android 13, although it will not be available in its final version until September 2022. Until then, the Developer Preview has been published in February, Developer Preview 2 in March, Beta 1 in April and Beta 2 in May, during the Google I/O presentation. Curious to try Android 13 first hand?

Whether or not you are an app developer, at this point, Google already allows To the general public get a copy of Android 13 to test. Of course, not everyone will be able to install it on their mobile, since it is limited to certain devices, makes and models. In any case, there is a second option, install the Android emulator and try Android 13 from your computer. It's not the same, but less is nothing.

Before starting, it is worth remembering that if Android 13 is in beta it is because it still does not offer enough stability. That is to say, it is a test version to make a first contact, find errors, test applications, functions... Keep in mind that if you are going to install Android 13 Beta 2 or later on your main phone, you may come across options that do not work correctly, files disappearing, etc. The installation is safe, but the behavior of Android in beta remains to be seen. Do it at your own risk and expense. So just in case make a backup of your most precious files, documents, photos and videos.

Try Android 13 with the Beta Program

To make things easier for those you can't wait for Android 13Google has launched the Beta Program, a way to sign up for a list and thus be able to install Android 13 on your phone during the tests period. In addition to trying out Android 13 before anyone else, you'll be able to send feedback to Google to help resolve issues and fix bugs. So to sign up for the Beta Program you will have to go to their official address and log in with your Google account, the one you use on your Android mobile.

Signing up for the Beta Program is easy. Sign in and follow the instructions. But before you do, keep something in mind. During the process, you will receive Android 13 beta updates. When you want to have Android 13 in stable version, you will have to exit beta program. The process is also simple, but it has an important consequence: “all user data on the device will be erased”.

So before we get started with the Android 13 beta program, make a copy of your files, data, documents, etc. Keep that copy in your Google Drive space or on your computer and you'll get it back when you exit the beta program.

Which phones can participate

In addition to having a Google account, to try Android 13 you will need a compatible Android phone. The list has been expanding over time, but it is still restricted to certain models and makes, so if you don't have a specific phone, you won't be able to participate. We are mainly talking about Pixel or Google Pixel phones, plus some other model.

Specifically, these are the phones graceful for install Android 13 Beta:

  • Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4a and 4a 5G
  • Google Pixel 5 and 5a
  • Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
  • asus zenfone 8
  • Lenovo P12 Pro
  • nokia x20
  • OnePlus 10 Pro
  • OPPO Find N
  • OPPO Find X5 Pro
  • Realme GT 2 Pro
  • Sharp AQUOS sense6
  • Tecno Camon 19 Pro
  • I live X80 Pro
  • xiaomi series 12
  • ZTE Axon 40 Pro

Sign up for the Beta Program

If your Android phone is on that list, you're in luck. Now you can sign up in the Android 13 Beta Program and follow the instructions to try Android 13 on your compatible device. Basically, we log in with our Google account. Then we select the phone model Android that we have, we click on the corresponding button and, finally, we indicate that we want install Android 13 Beta.

There may also be the option to install Android 12 Beta. You can't try both versions, so you'll have to choose one or the other. And if you later want to change the trial version, you will have to unsubscribe from the program for one and sign up for the other. In principle, the Android 12 test ends in June 2022. From now on, only the Android 13 test will be available to the public, which will end in June 2023 with the successive test updates.

Once you have chosen Android 13 Beta Program, you will have to accept the terms and conditions of the program. That string of warnings and legal information that you should read to avoid future surprises. At the end of the document you will find the button to confirm that you have read it and that you agree. Now it's time to go to your Android phone and start the installation itself.

Install Android 13 beta on your phone

Once you've signed up for the Android 13 Beta Program, sooner rather than later you'll receive an OTA update. Specific, Android 13 Beta OTA. You can wait to receive the corresponding notification in the notification bar or manually check if that update is already available.

you will have to go to Settings > System > Updates or similar and give the button to check if that update is already there. If so, the process will be as usual. The installer is downloaded first and then installed. Patience and, to avoid unpleasantness, connect your phone to power so you don't run out of battery during the process.

There are more ways to install Android 13 Beta on your device. But the process is more manual, complex and requires certain knowledge. On the Android developer page, for example, it is recommended to use the tool Android Flash Tools. But if you don't want complications, through the Android Beta Program you can test Android 13 on your phone and anticipate its final release at the end of the year.

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