There are two ways to install Android P on your phone. The first one is super easy, as all you have to do is sign up for the Android Beta Program and get the update over the air (OTA). The second method is to flash the beta build of the OS to your smartphone, which is a bit more complicated.
To get started, the first thing you need is a device on the list. If you own a different handset, you’ll have to wait for the release of the final version of Android P to try it out — if it makes it to your phone at all.
Keep in mind the OTA method for getting Android P on your phone is only available for the Pixel phones. To get the software on any of the other supported models, you’ll have to flash it.
To try out Android P on your Pixel, head over to the Android Beta Program website and click the “Devices” tab on top. This will take you to the page with the option to join the beta program, though you have to be signed into a Google account your Pixel device is associated with for it to show up. Then just select your device, opt in to the beta, and follow the instructions to complete the process. You should get the update within 24 hours.
Google says you can expect between three and six updates over the course of the program, in addition to the final update to the stable public release. You will not receive monthly security updates while on a beta build.
There’s a good chance you’ll come across various bugs that can affect the normal functioning of your device, so installing Android P on your daily driver might not be the best idea.
You can leave the beta program at any time you want by choosing the “Opt-out” option on the Android Beta Program website. You’ll get an update within 24 hours that will install the latest stable public version of Android on your device. It will also wipe all the data from your phone — so make sure to back it up first.
Flashing Android P on your device takes more time and work than the first method (OTA) and is slightly different for each compatible phone. We show you how to do it for Pixel devices below, but we’ve also linked to instructions for all the other models further down.
Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. The first thing you have to do is unlock your phone’s bootloader by following the step-by-step instructions below. It’s easy to do and does not require lots of technical knowledge. Unlocking the bootloader will wipe all the data off your device, so make sure you back it up first.
Flashing Android P on your smartphone is pretty straightforward, but you can still run into problems if you don’t carefully follow instructions listed below.
For whatever reason, not everyone has luck with the Flash-all scripts. If they fail for you, there’s another way. It’s actually pretty simple. First, make sure you are still in the proper bootloader state and connected to your PC. On your PC you’ll want to type the following:
As already mentioned, the flashing process can be a little bit different for other compatible devices. Here are guides for the Essential Phone, Oppo R15 Pro, and the five other handsets below. Some have been prepared by Android Authority, while others are listed on manufacturers’ websites.
So that’s how to install Android P on a compatible device. Any thoughts or questions? Leave them down below in the comments section.