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How to sideload Android Q beta 5 update on your Pixel device

Update [July 11, 2019]: Google just released the 5th beta version of Android Q update. Download it now.

Update [June 06, 2019]: As we approach the official release date, Google is now rolling out the fourth version of Android Q beta to all eligible devices as an OTA, but the factory images are also available for sideloading. If interested, read on.

Google officially released its first beta version of Android Q in March 2019 and recently released Android Q beta 4, which is our subject of discussion. This is technically a developer preview of the upcoming version of Android OS.

Right now, over 20 devices have access to the latest Android Q beta 4, up from only a handful that took part in beta 1 and beta 2, but devices from your favorite OEM, Samsung, are nowhere on the list, not even the latest Galaxy S10.

In this article, we have brought you a simple method of installing the Android Q beta update on your Google Pixel phones. You can sideload Android Q beta update file to install the latest version of Android in beta easily on your Pixel handsets.

Dubbed the beta 4, the fourth Android Q OTA updates are available for download for interested users.

The smartphones eligible for this Android Q beta 4 installation guide are mentioned below:

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Pixel 2
  • Pixel 2XL
  • Pixel 3
  • Pixel 3XL

If you have any of the six Pixel handsets listed above, you can sideload Android Q beta 4 update now by following the guide below.

Android Q sideload guide

Android Q beta 5 OTA download links

Device Android Q beta 5 download link
Pixel sailfish-ota-qpp5.190530.014-ed0006b1.zip
Pixel XL marlin-ota-qpp5.190530.014-124e07ae.zip
Pixel 2 walleye-ota-qpp5.190530.014-5a1fe909.zip
Pixel 2 XL taimen-ota-qpp5.190530.014-f0aee146.zip
Pixel 3 blueline-ota-qpp5.190530.014-c43d3075.zip
Pixel 3 XL crosshatch-ota-qpp5.190530.014-59f4ad4b.zip
Pixel 3a sargo-ota-qpp5.190530.014-a5d6a304.zip
Pixel 3a XL bonito-ota-qpp5.190530.014-788eed4e.zip

How to sideload Android Q beta OTA

  1. [Required] You need to install ADB driver on your Windows PC first of all. Check out our guide on installing ADB here.
  2. Download the Android Q OTA file from here (or above) on your Windows PC. (Be sure to download the right file meant only for your Pixel variant.)
    • July 11, 2019: Beta 5 is now available!
  3. You can install an OTA update only in recovery mode, so reboot to recovery mode now.
    1. Power off your Pixel handset.
    2. Once the screen goes black, wait for 5-6 seconds.
    3. Reboot into fastboot mode. Press and hold Power and Volume down button until you see anything on the screen. You may see a green Android now. This is fastboot mode.
      Fastboot mode
    4. Press volume down keys to bring up the ‘Recovery mode‘ option.
      Recovery mode option
    5. Press Power button now to reboot into Recovery mode.
    6. You will see the no command screen now (dead Android with exclamation mark).
      No command screen
    7. Press Power + Volume up button (in that order) to reach the Recovery mode.
      Recovery mode
  4. One the device is in Recovery mode, use volume keys to scroll to and highlight the ‘Apply update from ADB‘ option and then hit the Power button to select it.
    Apply update from ADB
  5. Connect your Pixel handset to a windows PC now.
  6. Now open a command window inside the folder where you have saved the Android Q OTA update file.
    1. Open that folder first.
    2. Now, in its address bar, type cmd and then hit the enter key.
    3. A command window will open up, and its location will be that folder.
  7. You are now ready to sideload Android Q beta 4 update file on to your Pixel handset.
  8. Run the following command in the command window now to sideload Android Q:
    adb sideload <ota-package-file-name>

    Example: For Pixel 2, whose codename is walleye, the command would be: adb sideload walleye-ota-qpp4.190502.018-953c338c.zip

  9. The Android Q beta will start sideloading on your Pixel handset. If it doesn’t, make sure you installed ADB driver and that ADB is working alright.
  10. When done, you will be back to the main screen of the Recovery mode. Make sure ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighting, and then hit the Power button to restart the device. When your Pixel starts, you will be running Android Q beta. Cheers!

Let us know if you run into any problem while trying Android Q beta on your Pixel device. Use the comments box below to get in touch with us on this matter.

Android Q themes

Android Q Beta 5 Factory images

Device Android Q Beta 5 download link
Pixel sailfish-qpp5.190530.014-factory-de356cdb.zip
Pixel XL marlin-qpp5.190530.014-factory-f42f7d37.zip
Pixel 2 walleye-qpp5.190530.014-factory-7fa6523e.zip
Pixel 2 XL taimen-qpp5.190530.014-factory-087c105c.zip
Pixel 3 blueline-qpp5.190530.014-factory-9ba1779a.zip
Pixel 3 XL crosshatch-qpp5.190530.014-factory-6989b714.zip
Pixel 3a sargo-qpp5.190530.014-factory-115ed557.zip
Pixel 3a XL bonito-qpp5.190530.014-factory-ac43c4a1.zip

How to install Android Q update using factory image file

1. Download the factory image for your phone from the table above.

2. Check here: How to install factory image on your Google Pixel device