How to install Android 12 on a compatible mobile

If you have one of these mobiles, you can now install Android 12. We explain how to do it step by step.

Android 12 is here. The new version of the operating system is available to be downloaded and installed, and brings with it a good number of interesting news that many of the owners of Android devices will welcome with open arms.

Instead of waiting for the deployment of the definitive edition of Android 12 - something that will take place in summer 2021 -, it is now possible install Android 12 Developer Preview on some compatible mobiles. Today we explain how to do it step by step.

Android 12

Android 12 is the new version of Google's operating system.

What devices are compatible with Android 12?

During the preliminary phase for developers and advanced users, Android 12 can only be installed on Google Pixel series devices. And not all of them, since neither the 2016 models nor those of the Pixel 2 series are compatible with the latest version of the system.

  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
Pixel 4a.

The Pixel 4a is one of the phones compatible with Android 12.

Install Android 12 manually

Before starting to see the steps to install Android 12It is convenient to make sure that we meet one of the essential requirements, such as having the drivers for our device installed –normally they are installed automatically when connecting the mobile phone to the computer for the first time– on a computer, as well as the ADB drivers.

Once this is done, which will also be used to carry out other advanced procedures in Android, we can continue.

Android 12 Developer Preview can be installed in two different ways: through your OTA file, or through your full factory picture. In this case, we opt for the first option, although the process is the same in any case and only the type of file to download. With that said, we can start:

  • The first of all will be download the OTA package corresponding to your device. All of them are available on the Android developer website, categorized according to the device they belong to, the date and the version on which they are based.
  • Connect your device to the computer with USB debugging enabled and, through a command window (CMD on Windows, and Terminal on macOS or Linux), execute the instruction "Adb devices". If the serial number of the terminal appears, everything is correct to continue.
  • Turn off the phone and boot into bootloader mode manually - usually by holding the Power and Volume buttons down while turning on -, or through the command "Adb reboot bootloader".
  • Now you have to access recovery mode: to do this, scroll down through the volume keys of the device until you are on top of “Recovery mode”, and access it using the power button –Power– on the terminal.
  • The device will reboot, although it will boot to a screen showing the picture of Andy next to a red caution sign. You will have to press and hold the power buttons and, about a second later, to increase the volume, to be able to enter the system recovery.
  • Navigating through the volume keys, we must position ourselves above the option "Apply update from ADB", and accessed through the power button. Now we can proceed to the installation of the OTA from the command window.
  • On the computer, within the command window and with the device still connected via USB, you will have to use the command "adb sideload [ARCHIVO OTA].zip", being [ARCHIVO OTA] the path of the downloaded update file. If everything is correct, we will see how the installation process begins.
  • Once finished, the device will restart automatically, booting into the new version of the system that we just installed.

That's all. When the process is complete, it will be possible to start enjoy the news of Android 12. Once Google is releasing the next preliminary versions, it will be necessary redo this process with the new OTA files corresponding to each Developer Preview Android 12.

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