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Android Beta for Pixel offers you a simple way to try pre-release versions of Android, and test drive our new features. The feedback you provide will help us identify and fix issues, and make the platform even better. Registered devices will automatically receive updates for the latest beta version of Android. Learn more about eligible devices.
Android Q Beta is now available. Learn more about our new features and known issues by reviewing our blog post. We’re still actively developing the platform and in the process of adding features and fixing issues.
Android Q beta is now available on devices from additional manufacturers. Visit android.com/beta for details on how to sign up.
If you were previously enrolled in the Android P Beta Program, you must enroll again to receive Android Q. Previous enrollment does not carry over to Android Q.
The updates that you’ll receive as a part of this program are pre-release versions, and may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device.
You will not be able to unenroll and revert back to a lower public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You may also encounter issues restoring a backup. We recommend reviewing the latest Pixel known issues before enrolling in Android Beta. Note: You will not receive separate monthly security updates while on a beta build.
Eligible devices that you have signed into with your Google account as the primary user will show on this page.You may remain in the Android Beta Program beyond the initial Q release to preview future Android Q updates. These may include bug fixes, feature updates, and improvements to stability and performance. If you choose to do so, you will automatically get pre-release updates as they become available. At the end of the program, you will begin to receive regular public updates.You may opt out of the program at any time to return to the stable, public version of Android. If you opt out when your device is running a beta version of Android, all user data on the device will be wiped. If you choose to stay enrolled until the end of the program, you will graduate from the program and receive an update to the stable public release of Q. Your device will not be wiped. Expand all
Which devices are eligible?If you’ve signed in to your Google Account on any eligible devices, they will appear on this page.
Any device you have hidden on Google Play won't appear on this page. You can check by going to play.google.com/settings.
Android Q beta is now available on devices from additional manufacturers. Visit android.com/beta for details on how to sign up.
How long does it take to receive the update after opting in or out?
Updates aren’t always immediate and may take up to 24 hours to arrive. If it has been more than 24 hours, make sure your device is connected to the internet, and check for updates by going to Settings > System > Advanced > System updates.
How often will I receive beta updates?
You can expect to receive between three and six updates over the course of the program. You will receive an update when opting in, opting out, while in the program, and a final update to the stable public release upon graduation from program. Note: You will not receive separate monthly security updates while on a beta build.
If you manually flashed Android Q on your device by downloading the image from developer.android.com, you won’t receive updates automatically unless that device is also opted-in to the Android Beta Program for Pixel on this page.
How do I verify that I’m running a beta version of Android?
For Android, there are two ways to do this:
- Navigate to Settings > About Phone > Build number. If the build number starts with QPP, you are running a beta version of Android Q.
- Restart your device. You will see a message informing you that your device is running a beta version of Android.
How do I get help with Android beta versions?
As this is a beta program, there are no official support channels available. Post your question on the Reddit community and a fellow community member may assist you.
How can I opt out and return to a public Android release?
First, make sure you are running a beta version of Android. View devices to find the device you want to remove and click Opt out. Your device will receive an update within 24 hours that will wipe all user data and install the latest stable public version of Android. You will not be able to unenroll and revert back to a lower public release version of Android without first wiping all locally saved data on your device. You may also encounter issues restoring a backup.Back to top
Android Beta Program is now live
Chris Chavez Mar 9th, 2016
Earlier today Google blindsided the world with the availability of the Android N preview. Available starting today, Google says the move is to get the next version of Android out and bug free in time for the summer, a little earlier than its usual fall release timing.
This time around, Google is also introducing the Android Beta Program. This is different from the usual old-school method of having the flash system images to your Nexus devices. With the beta program, Android developers or enthusiasts can try out all the pre-release versions of Android N via an over-the-air update sent directly to devices. This will lead up to its final public release this summer and all you have to do is enroll. Unfortunately, the site wasn’t alive this morning, but it is now.
Simply follow the link here and you’ll be presented with a disclaimer and list of Nexus devices available for the program. Select which devices you’d like to enroll and an over-the-air update will be sent directly to your devices, allowing you to download the Android N update and apply like any other. None of your user data will be deleted, so you don’t have to worry about having to set everything up from scratch (one of the benefits over the manual flashing method). Just so that there’s no confusion, here are the full steps:
- Visit g.co/androidbeta
- Choose Nexus devices you’d like to enroll in the beta
- Check device for “System Update” notification
- Download the update (it’s about 1GB in size, so use WiFi to speed things up)
- Install the update
- Wait for Nexus to reboot
- Enjoy Android N!
Just keep in mind that should you ever want out of the beta, your device will be factory reset and you’ll return to the latest publicly available Marshmallow version. That’s it. The process was painfully easy for us, and so far Android N is running great on our Nexus 6P. So, what are you waiting for? Hit up the link below and happy updating!
[Android Beta Program]
Android Beta Program will deliver N preview OTAs straight to your phone (Update: General Mobile added)
Update #2: The General Mobile 4G Android One device has been added to the list of devices that can run the Android Beta Program.
Update: The Android Beta Program is now open!
Aren’t interested in manually flashing your device, but are still interested in trying out the new Android N preview? By heading to the link attached below, you can simply select which of your compatible devices you’d like to have access to the Beta Program, and that’s it. Once you press the Enroll button, an OTA should be sent out to your device in just a few minutes.
Like we told you earlier, there are a plethora of known issues with the preview so far, so download this early build at your discretion.
Sign up for the Android Beta Program
Original post: Google just dropped a bomb on us: a very early preview of Android N has just been launched, and we’re now scrambling to wrap our heads around everything. For now, we have a high-level look at Android N (still unnamed), but one other very cool bit of info that surfaced is the launch of an Android Beta Program.
The Android Beta Program will allow users who are interested in trying out Android N preview to receive over-the-air updates for every preview release, just like they would get any other update. Up until now, users who wanted to test various preview releases had to flash each image separately; the new Beta eliminates the friction.
To be clear, Android Beta Program is meant for developers only – in fact, Google warned that the program is meant for “adventurous developers” and that it recommends testers to install the Beta on a secondary device. That means that, should you take the plunge, you should expect a fair share of bugs and other issues, potentially including some that could render your device unusable.
We won’t know for sure how stable N preview is until we install it on our devices later today, but we don’t recommend getting onboard unless you’re comfortable with the risks of running beta software.
Here’s how it works, as per Google:
To enroll in the program visit the Android Beta Program site. You’ll see all of the devices registered to your account that are eligible to enroll in Android Beta.
Choose the devices you want to receive the Android N updates Click Enroll, read and agree to the terms of service, and then click OK Once you’ve enrolled, your device will soon receive an update. In most cases, you will not need to do a full reset of your data to move to Android N, but it’s recommended that you back up any data you don’t want to lose before enrolling the device.
As updates are delivered to your device, we recommend downloading and installing them as soon as possible. You’ll want to stay current with the latest changes in system UI, behavior, APIs, and features.
At the conclusion of the Developer Preview, your enrolled devices will receive an update to the official Android N release.
You can un-enroll your devices from the Android Beta program at any time from the Android Beta site. Before un-enrolling, make sure to back-up your data on the device.
The regular method of installing Android N will remain available. Factory images for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 (LTE), Nexus Player and Pixel C are already available here.
Google said that the Android Beta Program will go live later today. For now, the link to the program page returns a 404 error, but we will update this post as soon as it becomes available.
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While Google is letting users test out Android 10 through a public beta program, it’s not going to be for everyone. If you updated to the Android 10 beta build and find your device has slowed down, that the battery isn’t as efficient, or that certain apps don’t run the way they’re supposed to (or at all), you’re not alone and chances are that you need to roll back to Android 9.
Performance issues and bugs like these are part of the tradeoff for getting early access to new software and features. Betas are meant to help developers find and solve problems, and to Google’s credit, the company is forthcoming about the potential shortcomings of opting into any of its beta programs.
The good news is that restoring your device to a stable version of Android 9 is actually quite easy. All it requires is a few button presses, then downloading and installing the update, and you’re done. The catch is that rolling back your device’s OS requires it to be reset to factory settings during the process, which wipes all your data and settings from the device. This is the opposite of upgrading to a new version of an OS, which keeps your files, apps, and other data largely intact. Luckily, Google makes it easy to create a backup of your data, then port it back to your phone after the rollback is finished.
Here’s how to safely and properly back up your data and rollback your Android OS.
Creating a backup of your device’s data
The key to a smooth rollback is having a proper backup of your data. Android devices feature a built-in, Google Drive-based backup process that saves the following files and data:
- Google Contacts data
- Google Calendar events and settings
- Wi-Fi networks and passwords
- Gmail settings
- Apps downloaded from Play Store
- Display settings
- Language and input settings
- Date and time
- Some settings and data for apps not made by Google (varies by app)
This backup can then be imported automatically when setting up your device to restore most of your saved files, apps, and more. Ideally, you would have created a backup prior to installing the Android 10 beta, but don’t sweat if you didn’t—we can still backup your data in Android 10beta before rolling back to Android 9. However, if you did make a backup prior to the beta, and are comfortable using that as your restore point, you can skip this section and jump to the rollback section below.
Before backing up, make sure the backup settings are enabled.
- Open the settings app
- Go to System > Advanced > Back up
- Turn on the backup service
With the backup service turned on, it’s time to manually back up your device.
- In the settings app, go to System > Advanced > Backup > Back up now
- Tap “Continue”
- Wait for the process to finish
You can find backups you’ve created by opening Google Drive on your device or PC and selecting the “Backups” tab from the menu on the left. Select the most recent backup from the list to see a general overview of what it contains.
It’s worth noting here that while the Backup setting saves most of your data, if you use apps downloaded from non-Google Play stores such as Amazon or have contacts on your device that aren’t connected to your Google account, you may need to manually back these files up as well before rolling back your phone.
To manually backup your Contacts:
- Open the Contacts app.
- Tap More > Settings > Export.
- Choose which contacts to export.
- Tap “Export to .VCF file.”
- Upload this to your Google Drive or an external storage device (detailed below)
As for saving files from apps not associated with your Google account or that you downloaded from other app stores, the process can usually be done in the apps themselves but the steps will be app-specific. Consult the app’s store pages or official websites if you run into trouble. You can also manually upload files and folders to Google Drive.
- Open Google Drive on your Android device.
- In Google Drive, tap “Add” then “Upload”
- Tap each of the files/folders you wish to backup
The other way is to connect the device to a PC via USB cable, opening the device’s storage location on your computer, then transferring the files to a storage location—whether that be an external storage device, cloud storage, or the PC itself.
Regardless of how you back up this data, you will also need to manually re-download these apps and import your contacts after you’ve completed the rollback update and restored your other device data.
How to opt out and rollback your device
- Open the Android 10 Beta page
- Click or tap “View your eligible devices” (if you don’t see your device, make sure you are signed into the Google account linked to device(s) you wish to rollback).
- Tap “Opt-out” on the devices listed you wish to remove from the beta program (Note: If you sideloaded the Android 10 beta rather than installed it via OTA, the button may say “Opt-in” rather than Opt Out. You can still restore your device using the OTA method by tapping or clicking “Opt-in.” Wait a few minutes, refresh the page, and the option should now say “Opt-Out.”)
- Your device will receive a new update within about 24 hours, though ours was almost immediate. Go to System > Advanced > System Update > Check for Update to see if the update is available. Otherwise, you will get a notification once it’s arrived.
- Run the update once it’s ready.
- During the installation, your device will be reset to factory settings and you’ll have to go through the initial setup process as you would for a device you just purchased. At one point in the setup, you will be asked to import your data. Select the option to import the backup file from Google Drive, then follow the on-screen instructions.
- After the setup is complete, your data will slowly be restored and your old apps reinstalled.
- If you manually backed up any data that needs to be imported, or need to re-download apps from other app stores, you can do so now.
How to enroll in the Android 7.1.2 Beta Program
If you're eager to try Android 7.1.2 and have an eligible Nexus or Android One device, the Android Beta Program is for you.
Like many big software projects, Android is made better by open beta testing. As part of Google's new maintenance release schedule, we'll see scheduled periodic updates outside of any bug or security patches and major version changes. The latest beta is for Nougat 7.1.2 and begins in January 2017. But if you're willing and able to run beta software on your phone, you can sign enroll in the Android Beta Program and get the first taste today!
The Beta Program has a schedule of updates and device builds. The current Android 7.1.2 Developer Preview build is available (as of January 2017) for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the Nexus 5X, the Nexus Playerand the Pixel C. An update for the Nexus 6P will be coming soon.
Getting started is easy. Grab your phone and have a read about the program as your first step, then follow along to get started.
Android Developer Preview Program Overview
Now that you know what you're getting yourself into — don't worry, these aren't completely broken builds but there will be bugs — you need to open Google Chrome and visit the signup page. you'll be required to sign in with your Google account and if you have two-factor authentication enabled (and you really should) you'll need to provide the auth code.
When the page opens you'll have a bit more reading to do, and while you really should read it, the gist of it all is that once you enroll you'll get an Over The Air update to Android 7.1.1 beta. When the preview build is updated, you'll get another OTA to the next build. This continues until you have the final release build. Two things to note:
- You are still enrolled in the Android Beta Program and when the preview for the next maintenance release is available, you'll get another notice to update.
- If you leave the Android Beta Program, you'll get a different OTA update and it will wipe all the user data from your device.
All clear on how it works? Good deal. Scroll down the page and you'll see your eligible devices listed. Tap the Enroll Device button alongside the one you want to try the Developer Preview build on.
Next, you'll see the terms of service agreement. You should read every word, and then click the links that explain the full terms if you have any questions. Seriously. Your personal data is priceless, and when you're giving it to a company you need to know what to expect in return and how they will take care of it.
If you agree, check the box and press the Join Beta button. Your phone will be registered (this only takes a few seconds) and you'll get a notice that everything went OK and that you should be seeing a notice to update soon. That can take anywhere from a few seconds to an hour or so to happen, but most of the time you'll see the update notification right away. When you open the notification you'll be able to download and install the update and be running the Android Developer Preview.
Every time you reboot your phone (or it reboots itself which can happen with beta software) you'll see a notice that reminds you that the device is running experimental software. Typically, the beta builds are usable. You can expect to see some app crashes, or maybe need to reboot to connect to Wi-Fi or other bugs. When you run into them, you should take a mental note of what you think happened. Talk to others running the same software in the forums, and if you can pinpoint a bug and reproduce it, hit the Android developers up on Twitter or Google Plus to find the best place to report it.
More: How to manually update your Nexus or Pixel
Most of all, remember that things aren't supposed to be stable. You might even find yourself in a situation where you can't count on your phone working the way you need it to. Be sure you're OK with this and know that you can't count on your phone during an emergency and plan ahead. We're not trying to scare anyone and neither are the multiple warnings from Google, but nobody wants to see you in a bad situation with no way to get help.
Beta software testing can be fun. you get early access and are able to play with things that aren't quite finished or aren't there for everyone. Understand what you're signing up for and enjoy it!
Google Play Services Public Beta Program | Google APIs for Android
Google Play services is the API layer that enables unique Google features on Android. It's on every Google-supported Android device. It provides app developers a unified way to integrate Google services into their apps. To learn more about Google Play services, see Overview of Google Play Services.
The Google Play services beta program gives you early access to new versions of Google Play services. This is especially useful for developers, because it gives them the ability to test their apps on their own devices. It also gives Google the opportunity to provide a better experience to users around the world.
It's important to keep in mind that beta versions of Google Play services may be less stable than later versions officially released to the public. This means that some apps might crash, or that some features might not work properly. For example, your device could crash repeatedly, making any service on the device unavailable.
You can subscribe to the Google Play services beta using a web browser, or directly through your device. After you've signed up, whenever a beta version of Google Play services is released, it will be automatically downloaded on all devices using the Google account you signed up with.
Go to the Google settings menu on your Android device by going to (settings) Settings > Google.
Tap (help) Help & feedback in the top right corner of the screen.
Tap (more_vert) More in the top right corner of the screen, then select View in Google Play Store.
Scroll down to the Become a beta tester section, then tap I'm In.
If you want to use the production version of Google Play services, you'll have to leave the beta program and then wait for the release of the next production version of Google Play services, which will be installed on your devices.
Leave the beta program using the opt-out URL (recommended)
Browse to the Android App Testing - Google Play services page, the same page where you joined the beta program.
In the Leave the testing program section, click the Leave the program link. A confirmation message will appear shortly, stating You left the testing program.
Leave the beta program using the Play Store
Go to the Google settings menu on your Android device. You can do this by going to Settings (settings) > Google.
Tap the overflow menu (more_vert) in the top right corner of the screen, and then select Help & feedback.
Tap the overflow menu (more_vert) in the top right corner of the screen, and then select View in Google Play Store.
Scroll down to the You're a beta tester section, and then tap the Leave button.
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