How to install Android 12 on a compatible mobile

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Android 12 is here. The new version of the operating system is available for download and installation, and it brings with it a good number of interesting news that many owners of Android devices will welcome with open arms.

Instead of waiting for the final edition of Android 12 to unfold - something that will happen in the summer of 2021 - it is now possible install Android 12 on some compatible mobile phones. Today we explain how to do it step by step.

Android 12 is the new version of Google's operating system.

What devices are compatible with Android 12?

During the beta phase intended for developers and advanced users, Android 12 can only be installed on Google Pixel series devices. And not all of them, since neither the 2016 models nor those of the Pixel 2 series are compatible with the latest version of the system.

  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 4a is one of the phones compatible with Android 12.

Some brands have also announced the compatibility of Android 12 Beta with their devices. Either way, the update installation process is the same.

Install Android 12 manually

Before starting to see the steps to install android 12It is convenient to make sure that you meet one of the essential requirements, such as having the drivers for our device installed - normally they are installed automatically when you connect your mobile phone to your computer for the first time - in a computer, as well as the ADB drivers.

Once this is done, which will also be used to carry out other advanced procedures in Android, we can continue.

Android 12 Beta can be installed in several ways: via its OTA file the process of yours full factory image. In this case, we opt for the first option, although the process is the same in each case and only changes the type of file to download. That said, we can start:

  • The first thing to do is download the OTA package corresponding to your device. All of them are available on the Android developer website, categorized by the device they belong to, the date, and the version they are based on.
  • Connect your device to the computer with the debug USB abilitato and, through a command window (CMD on Windows, and Terminal on macOS or Linux), execute the instruction “adb devices”. If the serial number of the terminal appears, everything is correct to continue.
  • Turn off your phone and manually start the bootloader mode, of usually by holding down the power and volume buttons during power up, or by using the "adb reboot bootloader" command.
  • Now you have to enter recovery mode: to do this, scroll down the volume keys of the device until you are at the top of "Recovery mode", and access via the power button - Power - on the terminal.
  • The device will reboot, although it will boot to a screen showing an image of Andy along with a red attention sign. You will need to hold down the power buttons and, about a second later, increase the volume, to be able to enter system restore.
  • Navigating through the volume keys, we need to position ourselves above the option "Apply update from ADB" and access using the power button. Now we can proceed to install the OTA from the command window.
  • On the computer, within the command window and with the device still connected via USB, use the command » adb sideload [OTA FILE].zip «, where [OTA FILE] is the path to the downloaded update file. If everything is correct, we will see how the installation process begins.
  • Once done, the device will reboot automatically, booting into the new version of the system we just installed.

That's all. When the process is completely finished, you will be able to start enjoy the new features of Android 12. Once Google releases the next preliminary versions, it will no longer be needed perform this process again, but every update will come via OTA.

Installa Android 12 Beta

it is also possible install Android 12 Beta through the program beta on Android 12. This is the easiest and fastest process to install Android 12, as you just need to log into the program website, log in with our Google account and select the device to update.

Once this is done, the update will reach the device via OTA when it is available, and the same with future versions that will continue until the final version is deployed.

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