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How to install Android 11 Developer Preview (Mar 18: DP2 now available!)

March 19, 2020: Android 11 developer preview 2 is now available.


Android 11 is here! Available as Developer Preview 1, the update is available for the Google Pixel phones right now (except Pixel 1, though). So if you have got a Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, Huawei, Xiaomi, or any other non-Google device, you can’t get Android 11 at the moment. But we guess a few OEMs will make the Android 11 update available for their phones soon as part of Android 11 beta, just as they did last year with Android 10.

How to install Android 11 on your Pixel phone

If you got a Pixel 2, 3, 3a or 4, you can install Android 11 Developer Preview right away. Here’s how.

Warning!

Do not try anything given on this page if you do not completely know what you are doing. In case any damage occurs, we won’t be held responsible.

Compatibility

This guide is compatible only for the Pixel 2/3/3a/4 handsets. Do not try this on any other device as you might end up damaging your device and permanently brick it.

  • Google Pixel 4 / 4XL
  • Pixel 3a / 3a XL
  • Pixel 3 / 3 XL
  • Pixel 2 / 2 XL

Backup!

Ensure that you back up all the important data (including photos and videos, contacts, music, videos, files, etc.) on your Pixel device.

Will installing Android 11 delete data?

Yes, installing Android 11 will perform a factory reset on your phone, meaning you will lose all the data on it.

How to install Android 11

  1. Download the Android 11 factory image file specific for your Pixel device to your PC from this page, under the section called Flash your device manually. (Remember, it’s available only for Google Pixel 4 / 4XL, Pixel 3a / 3a XL, Pixel 3 / 3 XL, and Pixel 2 / 2 XL sets.)
  2. Unzip the downloaded file into a separate folder.
  3. Setup ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
  4. Enable USB debugging on your Pixel device.
  5. Connect your Pixel device to the PC with a USB cable.
  6. Open a command prompt window on your PC, and issue the following to boot your Pixel phone into bootloader mode:
    adb reboot bootloader

    └ You might get a prompt on your device to “Allow USB Debugging”, tap Allow.

  7. Run/execute the flash-all.bat script on your PC from the files we extracted in Step 2.
  8. The script will reset the device and install Android 11. The device’s screen may go black a few times during this procedure, but it will restart automatically when it is done. In about 5-15 minutes, you will have Android 11 installed on your Pixel device.

Done.

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