How to install Android P on your phone — a step by step guide

By Mitja Rutnik

how to install Android P

There are two ways to install Android P on your phone. The first one is super easy, as all you have to do is sign up for the Android Beta Program and get the update over the air (OTA). The second method is to flash the beta build of the OS to your smartphone, which is a bit more complicated.

To get started, the first thing you need is a device on the list. If you own a different handset, you’ll have to wait for the release of the final version of Android P to try it out — if it makes it to your phone at all.

Compatible smartphones:

Keep in mind the OTA method for getting Android P on your phone is only available for the Pixel phones. To get the software on any of the other supported models, you’ll have to flash it.

Method 1: Android Beta Program

how to install Android P

To try out Android P on your Pixel, head over to the Android Beta Program website and click the “Devices” tab on top. This will take you to the page with the option to join the beta program, though you have to be signed into a Google account your Pixel device is associated with for it to show up. Then just select your device, opt in to the beta, and follow the instructions to complete the process. You should get the update within 24 hours.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Visit the Android Beta Program website.
  2. Sign in a Google account associated with your Pixel device — if you aren’t already.
  3. Click the “Devices” tab on top.
  4. Select your device and join the beta program.
  5. Follow the instructions that pop up to finish the process (the update will arrive within 24 hours).

Google says you can expect between three and six updates over the course of the program, in addition to the final update to the stable public release. You will not receive monthly security updates while on a beta build.

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