Android 11
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Although the official launch of Android 11 is not scheduled in a few months, you can already be one of the first to try it. We explain how to download and install Android 11 beta now.

Not long ago the launch of Android 10, but those who want could know first-hand all the news that will come with the new version of the operating system. And you can now install the beta version of Android 11 on your mobile.

Obviously, there are certain disadvantages of downloading Android 11 today, as is usually the case with all beta versions for the general public and developers. But if you insist on wanting to have it on your device, keep in mind that it will carry risk.

At the moment, the Android 11 Developer Preview (the developer beta) is only available for Pixel 2 or later. Unlike what happened last year with the Android 10 beta, it is only available for Google smartphones.

How to download Android 11?

If you are willing or willing to take any risk, follow the steps below to download Android 11 to your mobile. You may find this process somewhat complicated, but it should become easier and easier when new beta versions appear.

  1. First of all, it is important that you make a backup copy of your device, as this process will erase all your data. Thus, open the ‘Settings‘, tap on ‘System‘ and then on ‘Backup‘.
  2. Now, you must give permission to your Android developer. Open the ‘Settings‘, tap on ‘About device‘ and then on ‘Build number‘. You must enter your compilation number up to seven times to activate developer mode.
  3. Next, you must enable USB debugging. Open the ‘Settings‘, tap on ‘System‘, ‘Advanced‘ and then on ‘Developer options‘. There, activate the ‘USB debugging‘ option.
  4. If you have not done so already, it is time to install ‘Android SDK Platform Tools‘ to access the tool called ‘fastboot’. You can download them for Windows, Mac or Linux.
  5. You also must download the Android 11 Developer Preview system image corresponding to the Google Pixel model you have. It is a zip file that you must extract.
  6. The next step is to connect your mobile to your computer using a USB cable.
  7. The image downloaded in step 6 includes a file called ‘flash-all.bat‘ or ‘flash-all.sh‘. If you can’t find it, it will be because you haven’t added the ‘fastboot’ tool in your PATH environment variable.
  8. Run the ‘adb reboot bootloader ‘command to reset your device using the ‘fastboot’ mode.
  9. Then, turn off the phone, turn it on again and immediately press and hold the key combination corresponding to your Pixel model for a few seconds.
  10. If necessary, unlock your device’s bootloader using the ‘fastboot flashing unlock‘ command.
  11. If you have followed all these steps, you will see that a confirmation appears on the screen of your Pixel. It is at this point that all your data will be saved and when you will realize the importance of point 1.
  12. Now it is the time to run the ‘flash-all’ scriptto install the appropriate bootloader, baseband firmware and Android 11.
  13. Finally, you must reset your mobile. You must do it again in ‘fastboot’ mode and at the same time also block your bootloader using the ‘fastboot flashing lock’ command.

What phones are compatible with Android 11?

As we said before, the beta version of Android 11 is currently only available for Pixel smartphones, although not for the original Pixel or Pixel XL. Hopefully this will change in the future with the arrival of new betas.

This is the complete list of devices compatible with Android 11:

  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a
  • Pixel 3rd XL
  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL

Is this the definitive version of Android 11?

No, quite the opposite. The web for Google developers makes it clear that it is a development only for developers and recommends the general public to wait for a new beta version that will appear in the coming weeks.

Google publishes this warning as a prevention, and installing Android 11 on your device today may put you at risk. In addition, it is more than likely that some benefits do not work at all and give the error.

We do not recommend that you download this beta for developers on your main smartphone, and that is, we repeat, it can be risky. This is why Google makes something difficult to download for those who are not professionals.

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