How to install Android 13 on your Google Pixel phone?


Google has released Android 13 for installation.

Android 13 beta is now available for users to install on their various devices. However, Google said this new OS is primarily for developers to try out and see how it works with their apps.

If you’re looking to install Android 13 on your Pixel phone, there are a few things you should know before you begin.

First of all, this is not an official version from Google. Instead, it’s a custom operating system created by developers. This means that while it may be stable enough for everyday use, there may be bugs or other issues that have not yet been discovered. So be sure to backup all your data before installing this operating system.

Second, Android 13 is only available for select Pixel phones, including Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4XL, and Pixel 4.

What is the Android 13 beta program?

Android 13 has been in beta testing since February. It was first released as a series of developer previews, then as a public beta for wider testing in April. It is now in its second beta and early adopters can try out the new features.

What’s interesting is that Android 13 isn’t a complete overhaul of Android 13. Although it does come with its fair share of improvements, such as better customization of the Material You design language from Google. It also comes with enhanced privacy and security features such as prompts to allow notifications on a per-app basis and taskbar icons when the system uses the microphone and camera.

Which Pixel phones can install the Android 13 update?

Android 13 is only available for select Pixel phones, including:

  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4a 5G
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4XL
  • Pixel 4

The Android 13 developer preview program began in February 2022. The second preview was in March 2022, followed by Beta 1 and Beta 2 releases in April and May, respectively.

Installing the operating system on your Pixel phone isn’t difficult – the only thing you’ll need is to follow the instructions correctly, have your computer, and have an internet connection.

Here’s how to install Android 13

Step 1: Download ADB

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a tool used by developers to communicate with their devices. You will need this tool to install Android 13. Fortunately, there are many versions available online to download. You can get it from the Android developer website.

Step 2: Install ADB on your computer

Open the file you downloaded in step 1 and follow the instructions in it to install ADB on your computer. Once done, go to step 3!

Step 3: Download the files to your Pixel phones

To install OTA, you will first need to sideload it. Two methods can be used to download the required files. The first is a method that erases your phone data. It requires the installation of a factory image. This flashes your phone and restarts it. The second method is to download an OTA file. This updates your system to the current Android 13 version without erasing your phone data. You can do this by selecting and installing the OTA file associated with your phone from Google’s OTA hosting site.

Step 4: Prepare your Pixel phone for recovery mode

After step 3, it’s time to boot your system. To do this, you need to turn off your phone. Next, press the power button and the volume down button simultaneously. It should show you a bootloader page (Tip: you should see an Android icon on your screen). Next, you’ll use your volume up and down buttons to scroll through the options displayed and select recovery mode with your power button. (Hint: you should see a smaller version of the Android icon with an exclamation mark on it). To finalize the process, start the recovery process by pressing Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.

Step 5: Start ADB Sideloading

On your screen, select option “apply update to ADB” by using Volume buttons to scroll and Power button to select. (Tip: a list of instructions should appear on your screen on how to load an OTA).

Step 6: Connect your Pixel phone to your computer system

From step 1, your computer system has already downloaded the ADB tools. So it’s time to connect your Pixel device to it.

Step 7: Enter the required commands

For this step we will need to upload the OTA file. On Linux and MacOS, enter “./adb sideload” as a command in the ADB tools folder. For Windows, enter “adb sideload” as a command in the ADB tools folder. Then you will continue to add the name of the zip folder downloaded in step 1. After that the sideloading process starts (Tip: you should see similar prompts on your phone and computer indicating the process underway).

Step 8: OTA has been installed

For the last step after installing the OTA, you need to scroll through the recovery mode options on your phone screen using the volume up and down buttons to scroll. And then select the reboot option using the Power button. After restarting, your Android 13 is ready!


Here are the instructions for installing Android 13 on your Pixel phones. Get it right and you’re good to go! The Android 13 Developer Preview program asks to drop comments on all critical changes so they can work on them.


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