How to install Android Q Beta on your Android device right now

It’s here. It’s finally here. After months of anticipation, Google has finally released the first beta for Android Q. Interestingly, this is not an alpha test build. In fact, this is the first Developer Preview (DP1). Which means you can get it on your device simply via an OTA update. Well, that certainly sounds easy, and surely you want to know how to go about it, right? Well, read on, as we show you how to install Android Q Beta on your Android device right now.

Also read: Android Q early leak shows native Dark Mode, better permission management, and more

How to install Android Q DP1 on Pixel devices via OTA

Note: The following method should work for all three generations of Pixel smartphones. This includes Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL.

1. First off, back up all your data. While updating via OTA shouldn’t cause any loss of data, it is still recommended to keep a backup of all your important stuff.

2. Next up, head over to the Android Beta portal here, and enroll your device in the Beta. 

3. You should now receive a System Update on your Pixel device for Android Q. Tap on Update.

4. And that’s it. Once the update has been downloaded and installed, you should be running Android Q on your Pixel device.

How to install Android Q DP1 on Pixel devices via Fastboot

Note: The following method should work for all three generations of Pixel smartphones. This includes Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL. Also, this method will perform a complete wipe of your data, so make sure to back it up first.

1. First off, download and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your PC.

2. Next up, download the factory image of Android Q DP1 for your Pixel device. Once you’ve downloaded it, extract it.

3. Now, connect your device to your PC in fastboot mode.

4. Once all that is done, simply open the extracted folder, and double click on the flash-all.bat file.

How to install Android Q DP1 on any Android Device

Now, not all of you own a Pixel, right? And I’m sure you must be wondering how to install Android Q DP1 on your Android devices. Well, fret not. With the introduction of Project Treble, you should now be able to install Android Q DP1 GSI images on any Treble-supported devices. However, the same hasn’t been released by Google yet. Nonetheless, hang tight, since it is expected in the upcoming days. And we will update this article as and when it comes to help you install it on your device.

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Varun is your go-to guy for everything related to technology. Someone with a keen interest in the Android world, he installs a new custom ROM every week and is always living on the bleeding edge of technology. When not writing for Mr. Phone, you can find him gaming on his beastly gaming rig which is also his prized possession.