How To Download Android 12 Developer Preview For Pixel Phones

How To Download Android 12 Developer Preview For Pixel Phones

Few days back, we saw a glimpse of upcoming Android OS – Android 12 in form of screenshots.
Now, Google has eventually kicked-off the first developer preview of Android 12 for Pixel phones which means that if you’re a third-gen or newer Pixel phone user then you can sideload Android 12 developer preview on your device and can enjoy the access to new features.
Here in this article, we will guide you on how to download Android 12 Developer Preview for your Google Pixel smartphone.

Android 12 – What’s New

Although, the developer preview builds not always carry the user interface changes.
However, the case is different when it comes to the Android 12 developer preview build.
Yes, you got it right, the latest build knocks up with a slew of new features and changes.
Beginning with the UI changes, Google has further revamped the Settings app UI by splitting the search bar and Google Account avatar.
Surprisingly, major changes have been introduced to both the search bar and user avatar as they have gotten bigger in size in comparison to the Android 11’s Setting app.
Next, they have a hidden flag with Silky Home naming, that allows you to enable One-Handed mode in the Settings app.

With Android 12, Google brings a new light blue accent color for system apps, including the Settings app, notifications, and more. Pixel Launcher on the Android 12 receives a new option that lets users enable the 4×5 grid option. Google has also revamped the screenshot markup menu, users can now add emoji and text to the screenshots. Other than that, the next-gen Android OS is set to get a dedicated scrolling screenshot feature as well.

Other than these features, the newer OS has introduced AVIF image support to Android, H.265/HEVC video format, enhanced privacy and safety, haptic-coupled audio effects, UI optimizations for tablets, foldables, and TVs, updates for notification panel, and many more other exciting features.
Now, let’s move to the section where we will tell you how you can Download Android 12 DP1 for your Google Pixel smartphone.

Download Android 12 Developer Preview 1 for Pixel Phones

The Android 12 Developer Preview 1 has been unveiled and is available for the Google Pixel owners for download now.
So, if you own Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, or Pixel 5, then you can enjoy these new features of new OS.
The factory OTA measures around 2GB of size for downloading.
Below we have attached the links for downloading the OTA or complete factory image for your Pixel phone.

Device NameOTAFactory Image
Google Pixel 3Download LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 3 XLDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 3aDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 3a XLDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 4Download LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 4 XLDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 4aDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 4a 5GDownload LinkDownload Link
Google Pixel 5Download LinkDownload Link

Disclaimer: We strongly recommend not to sideload the developer preview on your primary smartphone, as the preview builds are not as stable as the beta builds. 

You can go through the step-by-step installation process by visiting our guide here.
Once you are done installing, you can freely explore the Android 12 on your Google Pixel smartphone.

How To Get Android 12 Developer Preview On Pixel Phones

Although the Android 12 Developer Preview is available for anyone, you should only install it on your secondary device.
In case you want to try Android 12, there are two different approaches for installing the update.
And here you will know both, and follow the method which is reliable for your device.

Installing the Android 12 Developer Preview on a stable Android build requires a hard reset to work perfectly.
The same case also applies for reverting back to the stable build from a Developer Preview.
So, make sure to take a full backup of your phone.
Both methods require an ADB and Fastboot driver on your PC.
You can also use the Android SDK to get the driver on Windows/Mac/Linux.

How to Install Android 12 Developer Preview using Android Flash Tool

This method requires an unlocked bootloader device, so make sure to first unlock the bootloader of your Google Pixel phone.
And then proceed with the following steps.

  • On your Google Pixel phone, go to Settings > About Phone, and tap seven times on Build Number to enable developer options.
How To Download Android 12 Developer Preview For Pixel Phones
  • Open Developer Options by going to Settings > Developer Options. And enable USB Debugging to use ADB.
How To Download Android 12 Developer Preview For Pixel Phones
  • Now connect your Pixel with your PC directly using an original USB cable.
  • Open the Android Flash Tool page using this link.
    It will ask for ADB permission on your browser, allowing it to use ADB.
  • On the webpage click on Add New Device, then select the device model and click on Connect.
  • Also allow debugging on your phone, when a pop-up appears.
  • Now select your connected device on the browser.
  • Choose the Developer Preview to build from the list.
    Also, select the option to wipe data for clean flash.
  • Click on the Install button and just wait for the process to complete.
  • Once the flash completes, disconnect your phone and enjoy the latest Android 12.

Now let’s jump into the next step where you don’t need to have the bootloader unlocked on your phone.
This method also requires ADB to flash Android 12 Developer Preview on Pixel Phones.

How to Install Android 12 Developer Preview using Recovery and ADB

This method will also work if you don’t want to unlock bootloader of your Pixel phone.
In this method we will be using OTA zip to Update through Recovery.

  • Download the Android 12 DP OTA file for your device from above. If the file name is big then rename the file (eg. Update.zip) for an easy process.
  • Enable USB Debugging on your Pixel phone.
    Check out the first method to know the process.
  • Now connect your Pixel phone to your PC.
    You will receive a prompt on your phone, click on Allow to provide debugging access on your phone.
    If you don’t receive the prompt enter ‘ADB devices‘ in CMD and it should show the connected device id.
  • Once your Pixel phone is connected to the computer enter the below command to boot the pixel phone into Recovery Mode.
    adb reboot recovery
  • The phone will now boot into Recovery Mode. Now select the option ‘Apply Update from ADB‘.
  • Now run the following command to install Android 12 Developer Preview on your Pixel phone.
    Make sure to enter the correct file name that you renamed in the first step.
    Replace Update with the correct file name.
    adb sideload Update.zip
  • It will now install the update to your Pixel phone.
    After installing the file select ‘Reboot system now’ to boot into the system.

Now you can enjoy the Android 12 on your Pixel with a lot of new features. Since this is the first developer preview, you may encounter some bugs and so we don’t recommend installing Android 12 Developer Preview on your primary device.
Also, we will be sharing a different guide when other OEMs allow installing Android 12 beta on some of their top phones.

So, there you have it the complete guide on how to install Android 12 Developer Preview on Pixel Phones.
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