How to get Android 13 on your Pixel

How to get Android 13 on your Pixel

How to get Android 13 on your Pixel

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New updates are always exciting. They mean new features, bug fixes to fix pesky issues, and an overall new coat of digital paint on your phone. Right now, Android 13 is that coat of paint, adding new tweaks and changes to your Pixel, should you decide to try it out early.

Google dropped the first Android 13 beta Tuesday, April 26. While a slew of smartphones will likely be compatible with the update in the future, for now it’s limited to Pixel devices only. Moreover, the list of compatible Pixel devices is also limited. Here are the only Pixels eligible for this beta version of Android 13:

  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro

What’s new in Android 13?

Android 13 is not a breakthrough update for Google’s mobile operating system. Instead, when you install the software on your phone, you will be greeted by smaller features throughout the system. These include things like a new progress bar for media playback, a screenshot-like icon for the clipboard, new Material You colors, correct data in the Google Calendar icon, haptic feedback in silent mode, among other new settings.

Google may add new features to Android 13 as it continues beta testing, but, for now, there’s still an incremental update on Android 12.

Understand the risks of running Android 13 and all beta software

Before proceeding, understand the risks of installing beta software on your Pixel, or any device for that matter. Beta software is, by nature, unfinished: it’s a developer’s chance to test the software on more devices and determine what bugs or issues remain.

As such, you might encounter bugs or issues that Google has yet to fix. You might even run into an issue that severely affects your phone, to the point where you need to reset it and remove the beta entirely. Because of this risk and the risk of data loss that comes with it, make sure you have a backup of everything important on your device before installing Android 13.

The easiest way to install Android 13 on your Pixel phone

By far the easiest way to get Android 13 on your Pixel is to enroll the device in Google’s beta program. Rather than manually flashing the beta to your phone, you can simply upgrade from OTA updates in Settings like you normally would.

To start, go for Google’s official Android beta page, then make sure you’re signed in to your Google Account. You’ll see all eligible Pixel devices signed in to your Google Account on this page. To start the process, choose “+Opt In” next to the device you want to install the Android 13 beta on. If you are already using another beta version of Android on your Pixel, such as the beta of Android 12, you will need to unsubscribe from this program before subscribing to Android 13.

When you choose to activate the device, you will see a pop-up window with the various beta programs available to Google. Choose “Android 13”, then “Review terms”. Follow all the additional steps presented here, and Once your phone is officially registered, go for Settings > System > System Update to check android 13 beta 1. Once available just install it on your device and enjoy. You can find future Android 13 beta updates here, as well.

You can also manually install Android 13 beta 1 on your Pixel

While enrolling your Pixel in Google’s Android 13 beta program is the easiest way to upgrade to the beta, it’s not the only way. You can also flash the software manually on your Pixel, if you prefer. It’s not particularly difficult, but there are several steps involved.

We’ve already written about flashing Android betasand Google has specific instructions for Android 13but 9to5Google also has a great walkthrough breaking down each step of this process.


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