How To Upgrade Google Pixel Devices To Android 12

Google announced the Developer Preview Programmed for Android 12 a couple of days ago. This is the first appearance of the latest Android 12. This update is meant for a developer to test and provide feedback on the latest OS version. But the good thing is that every Pixel device user (from Pixel 3 to Pixel 5) can download the update and test the latest Android 12 before the public release.

In this article, we will download the Android 12 Developer Preview for your Pixel device and learn how to Install Android 12 on Pixel Device Right Now.

Guide to Upgrade Google Pixel To Android 12

How To Install Android 12 on Pixel Device

Please read the guide carefully, not doing so might brick you Google Pixel Device. Download the correct image for your device and install Android 12 on your Pixel Device.

Download Android 12 Developer Preview

Device OTA Factory Image
Google Pixel 3 Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 3 XL Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 3a Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 3a XL Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 4 Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 4 XL Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 4a Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 4a 5G Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 5 Download Link Download Link
Note: The name of the current build, i.e., Android 12 Developer Preview, is given for a specific reason. These builds as meant for developers only. The system is volatile right now and not recommended as a daily driver.

Install Android 12 Developer Preview on Pixel Device

Prerequisites

  • A PC/Mac/Linux
  • Pixel Device (3 or higher)
  • Good internet connection
  • A good USB cable

Method 1: Via Recovery (Using OTA File)

  • Download the OTA .zip file according to your device.
  • Now, enable USB debugging by following the below steps,
    • Go to your smartphone’s settings and navigate to ‘System’, where all the details are present about your smartphone (details like Build number, IMEI number, Android version, etc.).
    • Tap on ‘About phone’.
    • Simultaneously tap 4-5 times on the ‘Build number’. You will be asked to enter your phone’s security lock. Now you will see a message reading, “You are now a developer”. Enable Developer Options On google Pixel
    • Now we will see the ‘Developer options’ under the ‘System’ settings. Tap on it.
    • Go down, and you will find the option ‘USB debugging’ under the ‘Debugging’ tab. Now you can easily enable it. enable USB Debugging on Google Pixel
    • That’s it, and you are all set!
  • Now, connect your Pixel to your PC. Make sure to install ADB and fastboot using this guide.
  • Now, open the command prompt in the same directory and run the following command to open recovery mode on your Pixel,

adb reboot recovery

  • Recovery will be opened in a couple of seconds; now, on your phone, select the option “Apply Update from ADB”.
  • Now, on your PC, use the following command to check the OTA update settings; the result will show the serial number with the “sideload” next to its name,

adb devices

  • Now, finally, use the following command to install the OTA,

adb sideload filename.zip

  • Now, wait for a couple of minutes to install the update; after completion, choose the “Reboot system now” option.

Android 12 ROM for Google Pixel Devices

Method 2: Via Fastboot (Using Factory Image)

  • Download factory image zip from above provided links.
  • Extract the zip to the ADB directory. Make sure to install ADB and fastboot using this guide.
  • Optional: The resultant files would contain a flash-all.sh or flash-all.bat script file. Using a text editor, open the flash-all.sh if you’re on macOS/Linux or the flash-all.bat script file if you’re on Windows. Find and remove/delete the -w flag in the fastboot update command. This will skip the data wipe for your phone. To avoid compatibility issues, a data wipe is recommended, though.
  • Now, enable USB debugging by following the below steps,
    • Go to your smartphone’s settings and navigate to ‘System’, where all the details are present about your smartphone (details like Build number, IMEI number, Android version, etc.).
    • Tap on ‘About phone’.
    • Simultaneously tap 4-5 times on the ‘Build number’. You will be asked to enter your phone’s security lock. Now you will see a message reading, “You are now a developer”.
    • Now we will see the ‘Developer options’ under the ‘System’ settings. Tap on it.
    • Go down, and you will find the option ‘USB debugging’ under the ‘Debugging’ tab. Now you can easily enable it.
    • That’s it, and you are all set!
  • Now, connect your Pixel to your PC.
  • Now, Open the command prompt in the ADB directory and use the following command to open fastboot mode on your Pixel,

adb reboot bootloader

  • Now, if you are Windows PC then, double or click the flash-all.bat file and if you are on Mac/Linux, then use the following command to install Android 12 on Pixel,

flash-all

  • In a couple of minutes, your device will reboot into the newly installed Android 12.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will it wipe the data?

Yes and No, if you are using the OTA method, it will wipe the internal storage, but if you are going to use the factory image, it will not.

Is it recommended as a daily driver?

No, it is precarious right now, as it is a dev preview and only meant for developers and for testing only.

Will it break my warranty?

The following Android 12 firmware’s are provided by Google; hence your warranty stays intact.

Final Words

These were the methods to install Android 12 on Pixel right now before the official release. As we already mentioned at the beginning of the article that, this build isn’t meant for daily usages as it is buggy right now. You can install the Android 12 ROM on your Google Pixel device to test the new features and report any bugs to the Developers for fixing the issues.

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