Want to try Android 13? Here’s how to get the developer preview now

You can get a preview of Android 13 on your Google Pixel phone.

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It feels like Android 12 It just released, but Google is already looking forward to the next chapter. In a recent blog update, Google announced the limited edition of Android 13 Developer Preview 1, with the candy-based code name Tiramisu. This latest version of the Android operating system will introduce many new color themes, enhanced privacy and security features, lock and home screen updates and more.

Google plans to release early versions of Android 13 throughout 2021, with several developer previews in the winter, beta releases in the spring and summer and a final release sometime in the fall. While these Android 13 beta builds are mainly for developers to try out upcoming features in action, even if you are not a developer, you can still get this build of Android 13 for now.

As long as you have a compatible phone – which currently means it should be one of many devices Google Pixel Phones – You can connect your device to your computer and use the Android Flash Tool from Google to easily download and install Android 13 Developer Preview 1.

It’s important to note that, like all beta software, Android 13 Developer Preview can be unstable at times, so if you still want to install it, it’s best to do it on a spare phone, if you have one available, and your device isn’t running basic. There may be bugs and other issues that disrupt functionality so don’t try this on a phone you rely on.

If you’re ok with that, we can proceed. Here’s how to download and install the Android 13 developer preview on your phone.


The Google Pixel 6 Pro is currently one of the only devices that are compatible with Android 13 Developer Preview.


What phones does Android 13 Developer Preview have?

Google is expected to release Android 13 this fall. At the time, it will be available on a variety of Android phones, but for now you can only install Android 13 Developer Preview on a number of compatible Pixel devices:

  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4A phone
  • Pixel 4A 5G
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5A with 5G
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro

If your device is not on this list, you will have to wait for the later versions of Android 13, whether it is the public beta or the public release. It is also possible that other phones will have access to a developer preview or a file Beta version later.

Backup your Android device first

Now that you have a compatible Android device, you will now need to backup your phone. By default, your Pixel phone should automatically back up whenever you connect to Wi-Fi and your phone has been idle and charged for 2 hours, but you can always do this manually. Depending on the size of your phone backup, you may need a paid version of google one For this method, but if not google drive should be fine.

To back up your Pixel phone, go to Settings > google > to support and press to support Currently. Depending on the last backup and how many apps and files need to be backed up, this process can take several minutes. Once backed up, you are ready to begin the process of downloading and installing Android 13.


Backup your phone before installing Android 13 Developer Preview.

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Now you will need to enable USB debugging and unlock OEM

To install Android 13 on your Pixel phone, you will need to connect the phone to a computer via USB, this requires unlocking the Pixel and enabling USB debugging. Although unlocking your phone is easy enough, to enable USB debugging, you will need to open developer options first.

1. To open developer options, go to Settings > about the phone Then press complete the number seven times. Enter your password when prompted, and a new Developer Options menu will appear in System Settings.

2. Now, enable USB debugging. go to the Settings > System > Developer Options and switch in USB debugging. In the notice that appears, which briefly describes what USB debugging is for, click Yes.

3. While you are still in the developer options, toggle OEM unlock. This unlocks your device’s bootloader, which is what loads the operating system. Once unlocked, you will be able to choose a different operating system to boot, in this case Android 13.


You must first enable USB debugging and OEM unlock before you can connect your phone to your computer to install Android 13.

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Flash your device with Android Flash Tool in Chrome

There are two ways to flash the Android 13 Developer Preview system image on your Pixel using your computer, but for the sake of simplicity, we will be using the Android Flash Tool, which only works with certain web browsers, such as Chrome. Also, your computer must have 10GB of available storage space for this to work.

If everything is OK, connect your Pixel phone to your PC via USB, unlock your device and go to the Android Flash Tool website in Chrome and do the following:

1. First, click start at the bottom of the site.

2. Next, tap Allow access to ADB In the popup that appears (if there are any ad blockers, turn them off).

3. Now click add new Devicechoose your device from the list and press Connection.

4. On a Pixel phone, check the box next to Always allow from this computer Then press Allow To give Android Flash Tool access to your phone.

5. Back on your computer, click Developer preview 1 under builds popularity.

6. click fix Builds Then click Sure.

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Install Android 13 Developer Preview 1 using the Android Flash Tool.

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The popup that appears will warn you that installing Android 13 will factory reset your phone, but that’s not a problem if you’ve backed up your Pixel phone. If you haven’t already, do it now. Also make sure not to touch your phone or disconnect it from the computer during this process, otherwise it may cause the phone to malfunction (making it unresponsive and useless). If you get another popup on your PC indicating that Android 13 is accepted, do so to continue the process.

Now do the following:

1. He hits Begins in the popup that appears on your computer.

2. Back on your Pixel phone, use the Volume keys to make a selection Open the bootloader Then press the side key, which will restart your phone.

3. The program will start downloading, which may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection.

4. Once the installation process is complete, click Begins in the popup that appears on your computer.

5. Again, on a Pixel phone, use the Volume keys to switch to it Bootloader lock Then press the side key.

6. Finally, tap on your computer accomplishment Your phone will restart as normal.

If everything worked, it should say “Install Complete” in the Android Flash Tool. This means that Android 13 Developer Preview is installed and you can safely disconnect your Pixel from your PC.

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If all goes well, you will see “Install Complete” as the current status in the Android Flash Tool.

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You can now use Android 13 on your Pixel phone

Once your Pixel has rebooted, you’ll see a notification saying that you’re now running Android 13 Developer Preview. Hit OK and then set up your phone just as you would a brand new phone, which means connecting to Wi-Fi, copying over apps and data from your latest Google backup, agreeing to the terms and conditions, setting a password etc. On.

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