How to subscribe to Google’s Android Beta Program

BY Bethwel Njore / February 10, 2017
BY Bethwel Njore / February 10, 2017 / How To

Google is always working to improve its latest version of the popular Android mobile OS. If you’d like to be at the top of things with the latest Android software developed installed on your phone, you can now subscribe to Google’s Android Beta program. To access this program, though, you need to be using one of Google’s latest smartphones.

The Android Beta Program is giving subscribed users a chance to enjoy pre-release versions of Android, as well as provide their own feedback on new features. Devices that are opted into this program receive an OTA (Over the Air) update of the latest beta version of Android Nougat. Users should be aware that since the updates they are receiving are pre-release, they might contain various defects or errors. The benefit of the program though is that it allows you to preview future features that other users have no clue about.

How to subscribe

Google has made it super-easy for you to users to subscribe to their Android Beat Program.

  • To get started jump over to the company’s Android Beta Program official website.
  • You’ll be prompted to log in to your active Google account.
  • Once you’re logged in, Google will show a descriptive page that says what this program is all about. Typical beta disclaimers are applicable, and the company warns you that the updates you receive might contain defects or errors which could potentially impact the proper functioning of your device.
  • Somewhere on this page, you’ll see a listing of any of your devices that are eligible, with an Enroll button showing next to each device.
  • Once you click on this button, Google will show you a disclaimer screen. Click to choose ‘Agree’ then select Join Beta. A few more seconds and you’ll be all in.

Note: We strongly recommend that you back up your data before you enroll.

What devices are eligible?

Currently, the following smartphones are eligible for Google’s Beta Program:

  • Nexus 5X,
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus Player
  • Pixel
  • Pixel C
  • Pixel XL

If your device doesn’t qualify for this subscription, it’ll be business as usual. You’ll be receiving normal security updates and official releases.

If you want to grab the files without having to subscribe to this program, you can just get them from Google’s Developers Site.

How to unenroll?

What happens if you experience serious problems with a specific beta?

  • Open the Android Beta Program page
  • Log in using your active Google account that’s tied to your smartphone
  • You’ll see an ‘Unenroll device’ option next to each smartphone listed on this page
  • Once you unenroll, Google downgrades you to the most recent stable version.
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