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How to get the Android 11 beta on your smartphone

Android 11 beta is available on several different phones

How to download Android 11 beta
(Image: © Google)

Quite a few smartphones support the Android 11 beta, as while it was initially only available on Google Pixel devices, several companies quickly announced their own versions on certain phones.

If you've got a compatible smartphone you can get the Android 11 beta now, letting you test all the different features and changes that'll hit most phones from the end of 2020 onwards.

If you've got a Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro, Oppo Find X2 or Oppo Find X2 Pro, and want to test out an early build of the Android upgrade that'll come to most smartphones over the next year, you can. 

It's worth pointing out this is an early build, and it can be a little risky to download, so make sure to back up your data first. This is especially true on OnePlus 8 phones, as OnePlus has warned it's a developers' build - find out more about that here.

How to download the Android 11 beta easily

  1. Join the Android Beta Program here
  2. Enroll your compatible smartphone
  3. Follow the prompts on your smartphone to download Android 11
  4. Restart your smartphone

How to download the Android 11 beta in-depth

Google Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4, which is compatible (Image credit: Future)

First, if you've got a compatible smartphone, you're going to want to enroll in the Android Beta Program, and you can do that by clicking this link

It's worth pointing out Google states the Android 11 beta 'may contain errors and defects that can affect normal functioning of your device' and the only way to go back to Android 10 if you have an issue is to factory reset your phone, so make sure to back up your data first.

If you've joined previous Android beta tests, you still have to sign up again to be able to test Android 11

When you've joined the Android 11 Beta Program, select 'enroll' by your phone in order to make that the one testing the new operating system.

Now, on your smartphone, you should receive a notification prompting you to download and install Android 11. If it doesn't come straight away, give it some time, as we've found these can occasionally take a while to land on your device.

If you want to install Android 11 manually, instead of waiting for a notification, go to your phone's Settings menu. Then select 'System', then 'System Update' and finally 'Check for updates'. 

If your phone is ready, you'll be informed, but this doesn't always happen straight away.

Whether you've downloaded Android 11 via the notification or through a manual System Update, it'll take some time to install. It'll then restart your phone. Now, you should be ready to test out Android 11 and discover all of its new features.

Tom Bedford

Staff Writer, Phones

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is as a staff writer specializing in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness trackers and more.