How to download and install Android 11, the newest version of Android

The next version of Android is here. Google may not have held Google I/O, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t releasing Android 11. After a period of public beta, Google has now released the final build of Android 11 — well, as long as you own a specific phone that is. Certain Google and Xiaomi devices have access to the latest version of Android, but other phones will still only be able to access the Android 11 public beta (if they’re eligible), and won’t get the final release until later in the year.

It’s important to note that only some people should download the beta for themselves. It’s generally not a good idea to download the beta to the phone you use on a day-to-day basis, and most average people should wait until the final version of the software is available for your phone. That’s because the beta version will likely have a number of bugs and issues, and may break certain aspects of your phone’s software.

Here’s how to download and install Android 11, as well as how to access the Android 11 public beta if you’re anxious to try it out.

Phones compatible with Android 11 and the Android 11 public beta

Google Pixel 4a Camera Module
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Before installing Android 11, it’s worth making sure you have a phone that’s actually compatible. We have a full and constantly updated list of smartphones with Android 11, but at launch, only certain phones are compatible with Android 11.

Phones compatible with Android 11

  • Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL
  • Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Xiaomi Mi 10
  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

Phones compatible with the Android 11 public beta

How to install Android 11

If your phone has been given the green light to update to Android 11, then it’s really easy to update. Make sure you’re doing this during a time when you won’t need your phone, as it can take a little time to complete and your phone will not be available for normal use during the update.

  1. Head to your Settings app, and scroll down until you see System.
  2. Tap System > Advanced > System update.
  3. Tap Check for update, and then the Download and install button.
  4. You may also need to confirm that you want to download and install it now, rather than waiting for your phone’s downtime.
  5. Feel free to use your phone normally while the update is downloaded. Once it’s downloaded and ready to install, you can tap on the notification to begin the process.
  6. Your phone will restart and update to Android 11.

How to install the Android 11 beta

So you don’t have the final release yet, but you’re anxious to try out the Android 11 beta instead. Thankfully, Google makes installing the public beta relatively easy. Here’s a rundown:

  1. Head to the Android 11 beta website.
  2. Press the View your eligible devices button.
  3. If you have an eligible phone, you should see a picture of it with an Opt in button. Press that button.
  4. Tick the appropriate boxes and press Join beta.
  5. You’ll get a notice telling you that your device is now a part of the Android 11 public beta.
  6. On your phone, head to Settings > System > Advanced > System updates.
  7. There should be an update available. Press the Install button.

Once the update is installed, you should have access to all the new features available in the software. As mentioned, it’s important to keep in mind that there will be bugs.

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