How to install Android Q Beta on any Android Phone

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Google made a very interesting announcement in its most recent conference. We get our first look at Android Q Beta. However, unlike every other year before, it is not limited to Pixel Devices only. For the first time, other companies are joining the developer program. This includes phones like Realme 3 Pro, OnePlus 6/6T, Xiaomi Mi 9, Huawei 20 Pro, Essential phone and few others. The method to install Android Q beta image on any of these phones is pretty much the same. However, we have to go through the sign up process on each phone’s individual site to download the update file. 

What’s new in Android Q Beta? (Features)

Year 2019 brought lot of innovations. We are seeing foldable phones for the first time. Moreover, 5G technology is gaining more traction by every day. Therefore, Android Q aims to make the best out of these new changes. Now it is smarter than before with improved on-device AI. 

Below are the highlight changes and introductions in Android Q.

Improved Permission Control

A very cool addition is the improved privacy control in apps. Normally, the apps ask for permissions (location, storage, phone etc) when starting for first time. This was only a one-time thing. In order to give users even more control over what they share, now the app will let you know whenever any app is asking for any kind of personal information. This may include location, access to storage or anything else. Despite allowing this permission when installing the app, it’s an added layer to make sure that your data is always safe and you decide who to share it with.

Caption

This feature really came as a surprise. The main purpose of this new tech is to paraphrase all media playing on screen. This is already available in YouTube. The auto-generated captions are useful when watching movies or videos that are either not clear or you’re in a noisy room. We’ll have to wait and see how this innovation turns out to be.

And what is the best part about it? It does not work over the internet. The speech recognition software installed on the phone does all captioning offline. How cool is that! It is possible that not all language packages may be available at start. Therefore, you may have to download language packages for native languages.

Advanced Notification Replies

Right now, the notifications provide limited options. For example, if someone sends a message, we can either reply to it or mark it as read. However, Android Q Beta API allows developers to add advanced app integration. For example, if someone adds an address to the message, it will automatically detect and give you the option to add Google Maps with that location directly. Similarly, it should work for Google search, Play Music and other third-party apps.

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Improved Dark Mode and Gesture Navigation

Both dark mode and navigation gestures were a breakthrough recently. Since every OEM is going for a bezel-less infinity display on their phones, therefore, we love to use the full screen as it is. The navigation buttons are cool but they take up lot of space from screen at bottom. It is eliminated by an improved navigation gestures feature in Android Q beta.

Similarly, the Dark Mode is improved to make the experience even more wholesome. It not only is easy on the eyes in dark, but it can save your phone’s battery life too.

Family Link

Parents want to always take care of their kids and not let them waste too much time on phones or tablets. Therefore, in Android Q, when setting up a new device for a child, link it to your main device. From here, you can control screen time, apps usage, for long they use it, set limits, set a bedtime limit, set specific limits on Apps (YouTube limit to 1 hr a day while phone app works full day) and even offers bonus bedtimes.

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This a cool initiative to protect your kids from too much exposure to online media. Young children much use phones and tablets under adult supervision. Family Link in Android Q makes is super easy to control what kids are doing.

Which Phones support Android Q Beta?

Here is an official list of the phones that work with Android Q beta. Note that all of these phones’ updates are officially handled by respective phone companies. Therefore, it should be a much better experience than a custom ROM. However, it is still in beta phase, therefore, you may like to be careful while installing it.

  • Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • OnePlus 6T, OnePlus 6
  • Xiaomi Mi 9, Xiaomi Mi MiX 3 5G
  • Vivo X27, Nex S, Nex A
  • Oppo Reno
  • TECNO SPARK 3 pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Nokia 8.1
  • LG G8
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Essential Phone
  • Asus ZenFone 5Z

How to install Android Q Beta Update Image

Before continuing, lets get a brief rundown. In order to install the Android Q beta update on OnePlus 6T, Pixel or any other device in this list, we’ll use recovery mode. The stock recovery is good enough for it. The overall installation method is same for all phones. If there are some changes, then it should be mentioned on OEM’s site specifically.

Requirements

  • Charge your phone more than 50%.
  • Make a backup of all data on internal storage. Update may wipe internal storage.
  • Download the update zip for your phone from HERE. (Select your device from the menu on right). Note that you may need to sign up for it on individual OEM site.
  • We want you to acknowledge that you’re doing it at your own risk. We take no responsibility if anything goes south. Follow the step by step instructions and everything should be fine. Do not try to flash wrong files too.

Install Android Q Beta on OnePlus 6/6T

  1. Download the update package for your phone: OnePlus 6 Android Q beta zip | OnePlus 6T Android Q beta Zip
  2. Put the downloaded zip file in phone’s internal storage root folder.
  3. Now go to Settings > System > System Updates > Tap on icon in top right > Local Upgrade.
  4. Here select the downloaded update zip from step 1.
  5. The phone will reboot after installing update and into recovery mode.
  6. This step wipes all user data.

Rollback from Android Q Beta to Android Pie on OnePlus 6/6T

It is highly probable that the beta build would be pretty unstable and buggy at times. Therefore, if you do not need it for development purposes, then follow the steps below to rollback to official and stable Android Pie 9.0 release.

  1. Download rollback package for your phone: OnePlus 6 | OnePlus 6T
  2. Copy this zip file to root of internal storage.
  3. Now go to Settings > System > System Updates > Tap on icon in top right > Local Upgrade.
  4. Here select the downloaded rollback zip from step 1.
  5. The phone will reboot after rolling back to Android Pie and into recovery mode.
  6. The recovery mode wipes all user data.

Guide to install Android Q beta on other devices

Apart from OnePlus, the installation method on other devices in this list is pretty standard. Most of these OEMs require you to first sign up and confirm to owning a compatible device. The Google Pixel page detects compatible devices associated with the Google account that you login. Therefore, make sure that you open the page with same account used on a Pixel device. Similarly, other OEM pages have sign up pages that lead up to download pages for update zips. 

  1. Download the update zip from your particular OEM’s site.
  2. Put this update zip file in root on internal storage.
  3. Now restart the phone in recovery mode. (This method may vary for each device).android q beta recovery
  4. Use the volume buttons to scroll down and select “Apply update from Internal Storage” option here. This option may be renamed in few of these devices.
  5. Select the downloaded update zip from step 1 and confirm installation.
  6. Note that it will wipe all user data on internal storage.
  7. The phone will reboot automatically once phone is done updating.

How to rollback your phone from Android Q Beta to stable Android Pie

Since it is a beta build, most OEMs provide rollback methods alongside the update zip. It is pretty much same for all and this is how it works:

  1. Download rollback update zip from your OEM’s site.
  2. Put it in internal storage root directory.
  3. Now use the Apply update from internal storage from stock recovery.
  4. Once installation is completed 100% and data is wiped, your phone will reboot back to stable version.
  5. That’s pretty much it!

Conclusion

Android Q is one of the most promising updates in a while. It is especially important since it is official 10th Android version. Therefore, Google wants to celebrate this huge milestone with one of the best mobile OS out there. It is not just an incremental update. A lot of new and unique features are added to make the experience the best there has ever been. 

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