Google is officially sending out the first Android 13 beta for eligible Pixel phones ahead of Google I/O 2022, after releasing two developer previews. You may try outs the next Android 13 beta channel right now if you have a Pixel phone that is supported. The steps to install the first Android 13 beta on your Pixel phone are outlined in this post.
Install Android 13 Beta (2022)
Pixel Phones with Android 13
Google will receive the Android 13 update to the following Pixel phones. Google is discontinuing support for the Pixel 3a and 3a XL this time. Check out the complete list of Android 13 Pixel devices that are supported below:
- Pixel 4 by Google
- Pixel 4 XL (Google)
- 4a Pixel
- Pixel 4a by Google (5G)
- Pixel 5 by Google
- 5a Pixel (5G)
- Pixel 6 by Google
- Pixel 6 Pro (Google)
- 6a Pixel (likely to launch with Android 13)
Using the Android Beta Program, install Android 13 Beta.
In contrast to the developer preview builds for Android 13, Google provides an official OTA programme for beta releases. You can then choose to join the beta programme and receive new beta updates as soon as they are available. To enrol the Android 13 Beta OTA programme, follow the steps below.
- Sign in with your Google account at Google’s Android 13 Beta programme website. Under the “Devices” section, you’ll now see a list of all your eligible devices. To enrol in the Android 13 beta OTA update, click the “Opt in” button below your device’s name. You can also opt the beta programme at any time from this website.
2. Wait a few minutes for the OTA to reach your Pixel phone after registering in the beta programme. From Settings -> System -> System Update, you can manually check for updates.
3. When the update is ready, download it and wait for it to complete installing. After the update, restart your Pixel phone to begin utilising Android 13 beta.
OTA Image for Android 13 Beta
You may also manually install the OTA image instead of signing up for the official OTA if you prefer. It’s important to note that sideloading the OTA image will not wipe your phone. Additionally, you won’t need to unlock your bootloader to install the OTA image, making it an easy way to get the Android 13 beta.
Make sure you have ADB installed on your PC and USB debugging enabled on your phone by going to Settings -> Developer Options -> Enable USB Debugging. If Developer options aren’t visible, touch Settings -> About Phone -> Build number seven times to enable them. After that, follow the steps below to sideload Android 13 beta OTA:
- Go to Google’s OTA downloads portal and get the Android 13 beta OTA image for your Pixel phone. Place the downloaded image in the location where ADB is installed on your computer. To reboot to recovery mode, open a Command Prompt window in the ADB folder and type the following command:
Recovery adb reboot
- The No command screens with the Android logo will now appear. To fully enter recovery mode, press and hold the Power and Volume Up buttons for a few seconds, then release the Volume Up button followed by the Power button. When the phone returns to recovery mode, select “Apply Update from ADB.” In recovery modes, you can go up and down with the volume keys and make a selection using the power button.
- On your PC, run the ADB command to start the installation procedure. The Android 13 beta OTA images you downloaded earlier is referred to as filename>. You might rename the zip file to “update” or “Android 13” for simplicity’s sake, though pasting the file name directly works perfectly as well.
Sideload adb filename.zip
Choose “Reboot system immediately” to restart your Pixel after the installation process is complete. Your phone should now boots to Android 13 beta, and you can resume your previous activities.
Using the Android Flash Tool, install Android 13 Beta.
The Android Flash Tool is another method to install the Android 13 beta. To check, go to Settings -> Developer Options and see if USB Debugging and OEM unlocking are enabled on your phone. After that, follow to the steps below:
- Plug your Pixel phone into your computer. You may need to download & install Google USB Drivers if you’re using Windows. Next, go to the Android Flash Tool website and click “Get Started.”
- A pop-up will appear urging you to grant access to ADB keys. Authorize the USB debugging prompts from your Pixel phone by clicking “Allow ADB access.”
- To connect your Pixel phone to the Flash Tool, go to “Add new device.”
- A prompt will now show in the top-left corner of your browser. To connect your device, pick your Pixel phone and click “Connect.”
- From the list of possible builds, select “Android 13 Beta 1” as the target build. While the screenshot below does not display Android 13 Beta 1 because the device is already on Beta-1, you will see the Beta 1 listing on your end.
- Android Flash Tool wipes your phones and relocks the bootloader by default. You can changes the settings by tapping the pencil icon next to the build number. Finally, to start the installation process, click “Install build.”
- If everything goes smoothly, the “Install Complete” message will appear. The build has been installed successfully. The Flash Tool displays the message “It is now safe to unplug your device.” Android 13 Beta should now be installed on your phone.
Install the Factory Image for Android 13 Beta.
You might also try installing Android 13 beta from a factory image. This method is top best for those who have an unlocked bootloader on their Pixel device. After you’ve confirmed that USB debugging is enabled, follow the steps below to install Android 13 from a factory image:
- First, go to Google’s Factory Images download portal and download the factory image for your Pixel. In the ADB installation location, extract the downloaded zip file. By default, the installation script destroys data, but you can select to keep it. Using a text editor, remove the “-w” flag from the flash-all.sh or flash-all.bat (Windows) file.
- To reboot to fastboot mode, open a Command Prompt window in the ADB installation location and type the following command.
Adb bootloader reboot
- To start installing the all Android 13 factory image, double-click ‘flash-all.bat’ on Windows or run the command ‘flash-all’ on macOS or Linux. Your phone will boots into Android 13 beta after the installation procedure is complete.
What is the Easiest Method of install Android 13 Beta?
The Beta OTA programme is the most convenient way to install the Android 13 beta. Sign up for the programme and the build will receive in a few days. If you have experience with ADB commands, sideloading the OTA image is the next best method. While the initial setup may take a few minutes, installing the build is as simple as typing an ADB command.
Then there is the Flash Tool method, which is best for individuals who have an ideal internet connection. Meanwhile, individuals who are familiar with fiddling with their devices and have an unlocked bootloader should use the factory image method. You can choose the methods that works best for you out of all of these options.
On Your Phone, Install Android 13 Beta
This concludes our Android 13 installation instructions. If you encounter any problems or bottlenecks throughout the installation process, please let us know in the comments & will do our best to assist you. If you don’t have a Pixel phone that supports Android 13, check out our Android 13 coverage to learn about all of the new features Google has planned for this version of Android.