Android Q beta: How to download and install Google’s next-gen OS

Here are the devices that can access the Android Q beta and how to get involved

While your phone may not have updated to Android 9.0 Pie yet, some lucky souls will soon be enjoying the next big thing: Android 10 Q. Google announced the beta for Android Q at the Google I/O 2019 event, and some people can sample the next big mobile operating system right now. While Google remains tight-lipped about which sweet treat will give Android Q its name, here’s how you can get a mouthful of Android Q’s beta.

Note: Downloading the Android Q beta should be easy for the average user. But keep in mind that it’s a beta and you’re likely to encounter bugs and other issues. If you decide it’s too much, or simply don’t like it, going back to an earlier version is costly. You’ll have to flash your device back to Android 9.0 Pie, which means you’ll lose any phone data that isn’t backed up. Please keep this in mind before you begin the process.

Make sure you have the right phone for the job

The Android Q beta program is the largest in Android’s history, with an amazing 21 devices from 13 manufacturers taking part. Google has set up an automatic checker so you can easily see if any devices tied to your Google account are eligible.

Here’s the list of phones confirmed to support the Android Q beta:

  • Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • Nokia 8.1
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo Nex S
  • Vivo Nex A
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Miaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
  • Google Pixel 3a (beta available in June)
  • Google Pixel 3a XL (beta available in June)
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL

Not on the list? Then we’re afraid you’re out of luck, and you’ll probably have to wait for your manufacturer to update your phone when the final version of Android Q releases.

Back up your data

Betas are limited and voluntary for a reason — they’re unfinished products, and they’re usually buggy. As such, it’s best not to go into them with anything to lose. Make sure you’ve backed up all of your data — including photos, videos, and contacts — before you download and install the beta. Things can go wrong in betas, and it’s worth making sure everything of value is fully backed up.

How to install the Android Q beta

Thankfully, downloading and installing the Android Q beta is pretty easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Head to the Android Beta Program website.
  2. Click Opt In on the device that you’d like to use for the beta. Your device will now be enrolled in the Android Beta Program.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions of the beta program and press Join Beta.
  4. On your phone, open Settings > System > Advanced > System Updates. Press the Restart Now button, and your phone should install the Android Q beta.

That’s really all there is to it. Again, remember that you may need to be patient with your device as it will likely have some bugs and other issues. Unsure of what’s new in the operating system? Check out our guide.

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