How to Download the Android O Public Beta

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The Android O Developer Preview was made available on 21 March 2017, but not recommended for the general public. Now, though, you can download and install the public beta on any compatible Nexus or Pixel device.

Should I install Android O?

If you’re curious, have a compatible device and are reasonably techy, then why not. You can get a good look at what’s in store for Android later this year, and if you don’t like it or find it too buggy you can simply revert to your previous OS.

Before you begin you should take the necessary steps to ensure all your data is backed up.

Will my phone or tablet run Android O?

The Android O Public Beta can run on only certain Google devices. Those devices are:

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel C
  • Google Nexus 6P
  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Nexus Player

How can I download and install Android O?

A public beta of Android O is now available to download to compatible devices.

Downloading Android O is simple with Google’s Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA updates to the latest Android operating systems where available.

• To enroll in the Android Beta Program, open the browser on your compatible Nexus or Pixel device and head to g.co/androidbeta. You will be asked to sign into your Google account.

• Scroll down the page and you’ll find a heading ‘Eligible devices’ with any compatible Nexus devices that are also signed into your account listed below.

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• Find the device you wish to enroll to the beta programme and click the green ‘Enroll device’ button beside it.

• Tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions, then tap ‘Join beta’.

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• A message will pop up to tell you your device has been enrolled and will soon receive an OTA update to the beta version of Android. Click Ok.

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• The update notification arrived on our Nexus 6 instantly, although it can take up to 24 hours. If you don’t receive your update notification after that time, check you’re connected to the internet then head to Settings, About, System updates and check for updates.

You will not receive OTA updates if you previously manually flashed Android on to that device (as we had with our Nexus 6) – you’ll get a notification that verification has failed. Instead you will need to manually install Android O on that device.

• Once you see the update notification, pull down the notification bar and choose Download.

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• In the next window you’ll be told that this will install a preview version of Android O on to your device. Ensure you are connected to Wi-Fi, then tap Download. (Note that the screenshot is of the Android N Developer Preview and not the Android O Beta.)

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• You can now install the Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta. Tap Restart & install to begin the process.

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• You’ll automatically receive notifications of any new Android Nougat update.How to uninstall Android O Public Beta

Removing or uninstalling an Android O Beta is as easy as is installing it. You simply head to the Android Beta Program page at g.co/androidbeta then tap the Unenroll device button next to your device. Do note, however, that doing so will wipe all data on your device – be sure to back up Android first.

I’ll leave my instructions on how to flash Android Marshmallow on to a device on the another page for those who need to manually flash the software. Most readers can ignore these instructions.

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