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How to Install the First Android 13 Developer Beta

Although there are not many mobile phones on the market with Android 12 yet, either because they have not received the update or because some manufacturers strangely continue to opt for Android 11 ( this is the case of Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 11), Google is already working on Android 13. They’ve been doing this since they finished development on the twelfth version (or even earlier), so the new Android is at a much more advanced stage than you might think.

Android 13 is so advanced that you can already try its first developer beta. Of course, we recommend that you only do this if you understand that this beta version is the very first version of the operating system which may have defects everywhere. In fact, it’s designed for developers to experience Android 13’s potential, not for users to use it on a daily basis.

Anyway, in this article, we are going to show you 2 methods to install android 13 first developer beta which will allow you to run Windows 11 on your mobile and stream the apps to your PC. If you have what it takes to perform the installation, the truth is that it will not take you long to update your mobile to Android 13. You’re ready? Let’s go…

How to Install Android 13 Developer Beta with OTA Image

Here’s what you need to get started

  • A compatible Pixel 4/4a or later device and a USB cable to connect it to your computer
    • Compatible Pixel phones include the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.
  • The Android SDK installed on your machine with ADB and Fastboot command successfully working — check the tutorial here

Now for the actual steps.

Download the proper files to install Android 13

Before you get things going, you’ll need to download the appropriate OTA image for your smartphone (here) via your computer. Factory images are available too but can require the device to be wiped completely, which isn’t the case for OTA images. Furthermore, installing via an OTA image means you’ll automatically get new developer preview versions and betas over the air. Our instructions below also reflect the OTA process.

Steps to Install Android 13 Developer Beta via OTA

Once you have everything you need, follow these steps to install the Android 13 beta via OTA:

  • Click on this link to Download Android 13 Beta 1 OTA for your mobile.
    • Remember that you need to download the OTA specific to your device. The reason why we will install the OTA image and not the factory one it is because the latter requires you to delete everything you have on your mobile, while the OTA does not. Also, with the OTA, you will be able to automatically receive all subsequent beta updates.
  • Now, turn off your phone and turn it on in recovery mode. To do this, press and hold the power and volume down buttons simultaneously.
  • With the volume buttons, move towards select recovery mode (by pressing the power button).
  • Once you see the Android Robot, tap the Power and volume up buttons for a few seconds. Then take your finger off the volume button.
  • Then go to Apply ADB update.
  • It’s time to connect your smartphone to the PC where you downloaded the OTA via a USB cable (your PC must have ADB installed).
  • On Windows, go to System symbol pointing to the folder where the OTA is located. On Linux or Mac, you will need to use the Terminal.
  • Then you need to enter adb side loading (under Windows) or ./adb sideload (on Mac/Linux).
  • Enter as is OTA folder name and press the Enter key.
  • After doing this, your phone will return to recovery modeand you can remove the USB cable.
  • To choose Restart now by using the volume keys and pressing the power button.

It’s done! If everything went well, you should now be able to test all the new features of this new version of Android.

How to Install Android 13 Developer Beta with Android Flash Tool

As an alternative, Google offers you a web tool allowing you to install preview builds of Android 13 on your phone using a computer. This tool, called Android Flash Tool, will take care of downloading and installing the update, although you will sometimes need to interact with your phone when prompted.

Note that this method will factory reset your phone. What you will need is the following:

Steps to Install Android Developer Beta 13 with Android Flash Tool

Do you already have everything? Then follow these steps:

  • Enable developer options on your mobile.
  • Enter these options in the settings and enable the OEM Unlock.
  • Connect your smartphone to the PC with its USB cable.
  • Click on the following link to enter android flash tool.
  • Allow Popups in Android Flash Tool so that it can communicate with your phone via ADB.
  • to push on add a new device (Add new device). A new window will open with the connected devices. Choose yours.
  • Grant USB debugging permission on your PC from the notification you will see on your mobile.
  • In the web tool, select your mobile again and choose the version of Android you want to install: Android 13 Preview 1.
  • Now, confirm installation. You will be notified that the device will be factory reset and you need to activate the bootloader. If you haven’t done the latter, don’t worry because the program will guide you to do it in just a few steps.
  • Android 13 DP1 it will be downloaded to your computer and automatically installed on your phone. So, do nothing, just wait for the process to complete.
  • Then the page will tell you that your phone’s bootloader will need to be locked to complete the installation. Click Start and use the volume and power keys to lock the bootloader.
  • A few seconds later, Android Flash Tool will notify you that installation is completeyou can now disconnect the USB cable.

That’s all! Your phone will reboot (if not, do it yourself) and boot into the Android 13 developer beta. Please note that this version doesn’t have all the functions Android 13 promised to have so be patient and wait for the next updates to come.

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