It’s getting faster and faster, and the inclusion of the version of Android 12 for large screens and foldable mobiles, Android 12L, has caused two different test programs to overlap. Because Android 13 is already here in its first developer release, or as it’s commonly called “Android 13 Developer Preview”, and now you can install it on compatible Pixels.
In this new version of the system, Android already leaves behind the Pixel 3 so that we can install Android 13 on the Pixel 4, on the Pixel 5 and on the Pixel 6. And to tell you how to do it, we leave you below a series of steps so that you perform them with your phone connected to the USB port of your computer, because it is necessary to carry out the whole process.
Install Android 13 on a Pixel 4 or higher
It should be borne in mind that we are talking about Android 13 in its first preview version for developers, and not in any of the betas already open to other users. These DP versions require, yes or no, that you format your mobile phone in order to install them, so if you finally dare to do so, consider saving a backup copy of everything to be able to recover it later.
As we said before, the Pixel 3s have already released Android 13 (they were the last to ship Android 12) so if you have a Pixel 3 or a Pixel 3a, we’re sorry to tell you that you don’t You won’t be able to try out Android 13 until some kind soul at an Android developer forum (like XDA Developers) compiles a ROM for your phone. But you won’t get it through the official channel except for a last minute miracle.
So, here we are already determined to install Android 13 Developer Preview on a compatible phone, and we show you the steps you need to perform to run it. Please note that this previous version may still contain sensitive bugs and even prevent the phone from working. Such are the risks involved in being one of the first to test an Android 13 which should be released for everyone next August. Let’s start.
Enable Developer Settings on your Pixel. To do this, go to Settings > ‘Phone information’ and tap ‘Build number’ 10 times. You will see that the phone asks for the PIN code and tells you that the developer settings are already active. We enable USB debugging. Now we go to Settings > System > ‘Developer options’ and find ‘USB debugging’ and ‘OEM unlocking’. We activate both options. We now connect our Pixel to the computer with a USB cable. Now we visit the Android Flash Tool page and press the “Get Started” button. The browser will ask us for permission to load ADB and we accept it. The next thing is to click on “Add a new device” to tell the web which phone we have in hand. The phone will ask us for permission to accept access via USB debugging and we accept it. If we performed all the steps correctly, our phone model should appear as selected on the Android Flash Tool website. We select it. We can now click on ‘Install’. Now is the time to accept the conditions that the page shows us by clicking on “Confirm” and we will have to keep both the computer on and the web page open. Then our mobile will start the installation steps and ask us to confirm the unlocking of the bootloader during the process. To do this we move with the volume buttons in the menu and accept with the power button. Unless the Android Flash Tool website tells us so, we should not touch the phone during the Android 13 developer version ROM flashing process.
Once the phone has finished installing and rebooted, we will have Android 13 Developer Preview on hand and we won’t have to go through this whole process again. The following versions are already updated directly as if it were an OTA and it will be the same when Google releases the first beta version of Android 13.