Android 13 Beta Is Here, and You Can Download It Now (at Your Own Risk) Android 13 is now available to the general public — but watch out for bugs.

Android 13 is now in beta, and you can try out some of the features in development as long as you’re willing to take a few hiccups.

Google published the first in February Android 13 developer previewa pre-release version of the latest Android operating system, aimed primarily at developers looking to make their apps compatible for general release later this year.

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Installing Developer Preview isn’t too difficult, but it’s not easy either. It includes unlocking developer options, downloading a large file, factory resetting your device, and more. The new Android 13 beta still has a few important details to consider, but installing it is much easier.

The final version of Android 13 will eventually be the most accessible way to get it, but that release is still months away. But if you really want an early glimpse of what’s to come, as long as you have a supported Android device like that Pixel6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you can start testing Android 13 Beta 1 now. Here’s how.

Is the Android 13 beta safe to download?

Although the Android 13 beta is more refined than the Android 13 developer preview, you should still expect bugs in this version that can make your phone difficult to use. Only download the Android 13 beta if you are willing to deal with these issues or if your device is a backup of your everyday phone. Also, make sure to back up your device before downloading the Android 13 beta in case something goes wrong or you decide to quit the program later.

note: Some of the new features that are in development may not be included in the final version of Android 13, so whatever you use should be considered early previews and not necessarily final.

Which Android devices are compatible with Android 13 Beta?

Only a select number of Pixel phones currently support Android 13:

A Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro side by side

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are two of the currently supported devices that can currently run Android 13 Beta.

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We will add more devices to this list as they become supported.

How to download Android 13 Beta on your supported device

The easiest way to download Android 13 Beta to your phone is to go to the Android Beta for Pixel on your computer, check if your device is supported, and then enroll in the Android 13 program.

Under the Your Eligible Devices Option, you should see your phone if it’s supported (make sure your phone has more than 10% charge or it might not show up).

As long as you haven’t signed up for the Android 12 beta or the Android 13 developer preview, you’ll see the option to sign up. If you’ve already signed up for the pre-release versions above, there’s nothing you need to do to get Android 13. You should automatically receive an update on your phone.

Eligible device for the Android 13 beta program.

If your device supports Android 13 Beta, it will appear under Your Eligible Devices.

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To sign up for the Android 13 beta, click Log in and then click Confirm and log in after reading the Terms and Conditions. You should see a notification stating that your device is now part of the Android 13 beta program.

You will then receive an over-the-air update on your phone. If you don’t get a notification on your phone, go to Settings > System > System update to view your Android 13 update. It may take up to 24 hours for you to receive the OTA update.

How long will the Android 13 beta last?

You should expect updates leading up to the public release of Android 13, which will likely launch sometime this fall. According to Google, you should receive two updates per month in May, June and July.

Also, Android 13’s beta program will continue overall until June 2023, meaning you’ll continue to receive beta updates until the next beta release unless you opt out.

How do I opt out of the Android 13 beta?

To opt out of the Android 13 beta program, go back to the Android Beta for Pixel page, but this time click Reject. Within 24 hours you should receive an OTA update on your phone, which will erase all your locally stored data and bring you the latest public version of Android. Therefore, as mentioned before, you must back up your device before signing up for the Android 13 beta program.

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