Google recently released Android 11 and the good news is that you can try out the Android 11 developer preview software right now if you have a Pixel 2 or later, but it’s understandable if the idea of flashing your device to install the OS is intimidating. It can be a tricky process, and the steps differ slightly depending on what phone you have and what kind of computer you’re going to use to download the software. But now that process has been streamlined by Google.
Google recently released the Android Flash Tool, a web application that handles most of the steps of flashing for you. There are a few steps that you’ll need to do yourself before the new software can be installed, which I will walk you through below, but Google’s tool basically eliminates most of the hassle and complexity that makes it easy to mess up.
Firstly you will have to flash your phone using the Android Flash Tool Above.Secondly, you will have to note whether your device is compatible with the latest Android Update. The Android 11 developer preview is compatible with the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL. It is possible that Google will broaden the list of devices supported by Android 11 in the upcoming beta but for now you will need one of those phones to get the software.
- First of all you will need to activate these measures.
- Enable the Developer Options menu in your phone. First, open the Settings app. For phones running Android 8 (Oreo), click System. Otherwise, if your phone has Android 7 (Nougat) or later, scroll down to About Phone, then find Build Number. Tap Build Number seven times to enable Developer Options.
- Turn on USB debugging (this lets your phone and computer communicate via USB) within the Developer Options menu. To do this, head to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options. You’ll find USB debugging with just a little scrolling down.
- Enable OEM unlocking. This option is also part of the Developer Options menu, further up the page than where you found USB debugging. If that option isn’t available for you to enable, that might be because it’s already enabled.
- Connect your phone to your computer and get started.
- If you use Windows 10, you’ll need to install this driver first for your phone to be recognized.
- Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable. Then head over to this page at the Android Developers portal and select the URL listed next to the device you’re using within the “Use Android Flash Tool” section.
- On the next page, click on “Get Started.” The Android Flash Tool will ask for permission to access ADB keys in a pop-up window, which is necessary to install software on your phone. You’ll need to tap “OK” to proceed with this process.
- After you hit “I accept,” your phone will reboot into its bootloader screen. If nothing happens for a few seconds, don’t worry. You may also see a window pop up on your computer that says “Reselect your device.” In that case, leave your phone alone and select “Reselect device” on the computer. According to Google, your phone might be renamed “Android,” though it might just be identified with the model name (e.g. Pixel 3).
- After that, the Android Flash Tool will begin to download and install the software. You can continue to watch along, but don’t touch your phone at this point, even though it will restart several times. Just keep an eye on the progress using the Android Flash Tool page on your computer.