The first beta version of Android Q is here and surprisingly easy to install.What steps you have to follow to try out the new system on your smartphone, we will reveal below.

Google has released the first version of Android Q. If you want to have a look at the operating system before the official launch in the third quarter of 2019, you’re in luck: The installation process is very simple. All you need is a stable internet connection, a compatible smartphone and a little patience.

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Android Beta Program for easy installation

But before it starts: Google’s beta release of Android Q is a very early version of the operating system, designed primarily for developers and not suitable for everyday use. The installation is at your own risk.

The first version of Android Q is available for all Google Pixel smartphones. In detail, these are the Google Pixel ( XL ), the Google Pixel 2 ( XL ) and the Google Pixel 3 ( XL ). Do you have one of the devices, just visit the website of the Android beta program. Whether mobile or computer does not matter. You may also need to sign in with the Google account you’re logged into on your Pixel phone.

Once you have done that you can either scroll down or tap on the link to “Devices”. There you will see which compatible smartphone you have and you can choose which device you want to install Android Q. Confirm once again that you want to participate in the Beta Program.

Update on Android Q “over the air”

Then you are unlocked for the beta program and Android Q should be ready as a normal operating system update for your smartphone. If you have not received a message, you can manually check if the software is available for your device. Go to the settings, tap on “System” and there on “Advanced”. Then choose “System Update”. Do not you see the hint yet, tap on “Check for updates”. Then the download should be displayed to you.

Google Pixel 3XL

Caution: The data package you need to download is very large. We installed Android Q on a Pixel 3 XL and had to download over 1.3 gigabytes of data. It is therefore advisable to install the system via a WLAN connection. Before you start the process, you should also save your data.

Uninstall Android Q.

As mentioned, the first beta is not an everyday Android version. Accordingly, performance and battery life may suffer from the software. If you want to return to the current version of Android Pie, visit the website of the Android Beta Program again. Then you can install the previous version just like Android Q “over the air”. But you have to consider: If you change back to the previous version, all your data will be deleted! A back-up should be a duty for you anyway.