If you saw the splendour that is the new Android 12 visual design at Google I/O today and want to get in on the action, this is how.
First off, I’ll start by saying that I downloaded the beta earlier on a Pixel 3 XL, and it’s been running fairly smoothly. Still, at one point, it did crash and change my wallpaper, so if you only have one phone, it might be worth it to wait a bit until you can download a more stable version of the software.
I’ll also mention that while some aspects of the new Material Design are live on this beta, for the most part, it still feels very much like Android 11.
How to download
First up, you need to make sure you have a compatible device. This year that includes Pixel phones with threes, fours and fives in the name. If you have a Pixel 2 or older, you’re out of luck.
From there, navigate to this Google website and choose which phone you want to opt into the beta program.
Then go to your phone’s System Settings and choose ‘System update.’ It may take a few minutes after you opt-in on the website, but the Android 12 beta download should appear shortly.
From there, simply download it and enjoy a new notification shade plus some other smaller Android 12 tweaks.
Also, check out our Google I/O roundup post to stay on top of all the Google news.