July 08, 2020: Almost a month after releasing the beta for Android 11, Google has started rolling out the second beta. The second beta brings some improvements over the first iteration but most of them are related to the aesthetics of the OS. There are notable improvements in the Media player, Screen recorder, and Share Sheet.
June 10, 2020: Amid the ongoing unrest in the United States, Google has decided to cancel its yearly tech conference: Google I/O. With the annual event canceled, Google didn’t feel the obligation to hold a big launch party for the first Android 11 beta and rolled it out quietly for its Pixel devices — Pixel 2 and above. Go to this link to learn more and get yourself registered.
May 06, 2020: Google has just released the Android 11 DP4. This update brings general improvements to battery life and stability across devices. It also helps improve the security and privacy on devices which might have a negative or positive impact on your apps depending on how they are compiled.
Known issues include broken Face Unlock capability on devices running Android 10 that were previously using Android 11 DP3 or earlier. Major fixes include location services icon not showing in the status bar when it is not being accessed and icons in the status bar will no longer be cut off by edges on some devices.
April 23, 2020: Google is seeding the Android 11 Developer Preview 3, which is expected to be the last Developer Preview before the first Android 11 Beta that’s expected to release in May. The latest build includes a couple of developer-reported issues and changes related to app compatibility.
April 2, 2020: At the start of April, the Android 11 Developer Preview 2.1 started rolling out to developers. The preview comes as a minor update over the Developer Preview 2 with fixes to general issues, Settings, and Wear OS apps.
March 19, 2020: Android 11 developer preview 2 is now available.
Android 11 is here! Available as the first beta, the update is rolling out for the Google Pixel phones right now (except Pixel 1, though). So if you have got a Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, Huawei, Xiaomi, or any other non-Google device, you can’t get Android 11 at the moment. But we guess a few OEMs will make the Android 11 update available for their phones soon as part of Android 11 beta, just as they did last year with Android 10.
How to install Android 11 on your Pixel phone
If you got a Pixel 2, 3, 3a, or 4, you can install Android 11 beta right away. Here’s how.
Do not try anything given on this page if you do not completely know what you are doing. In case any damage occurs, we won’t be held responsible.
This guide is compatible only for the Pixel 2/3/3a/4 handsets. Do not try this on any other device as you might end up damaging your device and permanently brick it.
- Google Pixel 4 / 4XL
- Pixel 3a / 3a XL
- Pixel 3 / 3 XL
- Pixel 2 / 2 XL
Ensure that you back up all the important data (including photos and videos, contacts, music, videos, files, etc.) on your Pixel device.
- How to take a full backup on Android
- How to sync a device folder online
- How to force backup Android data to Google Drive
Will installing Android 11 delete data?
Yes, installing the Android 11 beta will perform a factory reset on your phone, meaning you will lose all the data on it.
How to install Android 11 beta
Before we begin, you must go to the official Android 11 page and see the list of eligible devices associated with your Google account. After locating your device under ‘view your eligible devices,’ click on the ‘Opt in’ button below your device.
You will now asked to agree to the terms of the beta program before receiving the update on your phone. Check the box adjacent to ‘I agree to the terms of the beta program’ and then click on ‘Join beta’.
Note: The confirmation prompt strictly mentions that once you install a beta update, you will not be able to unenroll from the beta program and downgrade to Android 10 without wiping your data. So, do it at your own risk.
After successfully enrolling, you could get a notification, telling you that Android 11 is ready to install. If you don’t get the notification, try checking for the update manually by going into the Settings. If none of them do the trick, you’d have to hang on tight for a few hours. Google has already clarified that it can take up to 24 hours for the notification to pop up.
This will reset the device and install Android 11. The device’s screen may go black a few times during this procedure, but it will restart automatically when it is done. In about 5-15 minutes, you will have Android 11 installed on your Pixel device.