As we saw at Google I/O 2018, Android P beta is now available for more than a few Android devices, not just limited to the Google Pixel series of smartphones. If you have a Nokia 7 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 UD, Vivo X21, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, or an Essential Phone, you can install Android P beta on your device.
In this guide, we will tell you how to install Android P beta on the Nokia 7 Plus and Google Pixel devices. The process is really simple on the Google Pixel, but not as easy on the Nokia 7 Plus. While this guide has you covered for both devices (we’ve verified all steps on both), if you have any of the other Android devices mentioned earlier, you can go to Google’s Android Beta website, scroll to your phone and click Get the Beta to see the steps the manufacturer has recommended for updates.
As always there is a price to pay for staying on the bleeding edge of software updates — stability. Gadgets 360 is in no way responsible for any consequences of you updating your smartphone to Android P beta. Follow these steps at your own risk.
How to install Android P beta on Pixel devices
- Go to the Android Beta website.
- Scroll down to your Pixel device and click Get the Beta.
- Sign in to Google if you haven’t already.
- Now scroll down to see your Pixel device(s) listed. Click Opt in on the device you want to install Android P beta.
- Check I agree to terms of the beta program and click Join beta.
- Now wait for a few minutes, and then on your phone, go to Settings > System > System update. Tap Check for update. The device will start downloading Android P beta update.
- Once it is downloaded, click Download and install.
How to install Android P beta on Nokia 7 Plus
Android P beta is available for the Nokia 7 Plus but the installation process is nowhere near as easy as that on the Google Pixel devices. Before you proceed, please note that we have verified these steps on a Nokia 7 Plus but we did this at our own risk. Be sure to take a complete backup of your phone before you attempt to flash Android P beta, otherwise you could lose important personal data. There’s also another warning here — going back to the previous version of Android is not easy either. You’ll have to flash the previous version of Android back to the Nokia 7 Plus so if you aren’t ready to do that, stop right here. If you are, follow these steps.
Before you flash Android P beta on the Nokia 7 Plus
Remember these things before you flash Android P beta on your Nokia 7 Plus:
- Back up all of your data.
- Make sure your phone has a minimum of 60 percent battery. Ideally it should be 100 percent.
- You will not be able to use your phone even to make emergency calls until the flashing process is complete. You might want to put your SIM card in another phone until this is done.
- Users must wipe all user data (via Recovery Menu) before attempting to flash the device. Please note that the "factory reset" function (in System Menu) will not completely achieve this.
- You need a computer to flash Android P beta on your Nokia 7 Plus. The steps below are for Windows, so it’s best to find a Windows computer to follow these.
Downloading Android P beta system image
Follow these steps to download the Android P beta system image for Nokia 7 Plus.
- On your Windows PC, go to Nokia’s developer page.
- Scroll down and click Sign in to get started.
- Sign in with your Nokia account or just create one and sign in.
- Enter the Nokia 7 Plus’ IMEI, network operator name, and the country, then click the check box and finally click Register.
- Once your device is validated, you will see a status message saying Validation OK. Click Install manually and then tick the check box which says you’ve read the instructions, etc. Click Download.
- This will download the Android P beta image file on your computer. Rename it to something convenient such as AndroidP.
Flashing Android P beta on Nokia 7 Plus
These steps will guide you in your attempt to flash Android P beta on the Nokia 7 Plus.
- Switch off the Nokia 7 Plus and connect it to the Windows PC or laptop you are using to flash. Now wait until you see the charging icon, which will show up after the Android One logo appears on screen.
- Hold the Volume up and Power buttons at the same time until you feel a vibration. You will see an Android robot logo with a red exclamation mark and a No command message on screen.
- Hold the Power button and tap the Volume up button once. This will make the device enter Recovery mode.
- Use the volume keys to scroll down and go to Wipe data / factory recovery. Press the Power button to select. Nokia has recommended a complete data wipe from the recovery menu so a simple factory reset from your phone will not work.
- Use the volume key again to scroll to Yes on the warning message screen. Press the Power button again to confirm.
- You’ll need ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your Windows PC to ‘talk’ to your device when flashing the preview. Platform Tools will be required to for this and you have the option to download the entire SDK Manager, or only download Platform Tools. Extract the files and this is the folder we will be working with. You can download the entire SDK Manager, or just the Platform Tools.
- Copy the AndroidP beta system image file which you downloaded earlier into the Platform Tools folder.
- After the data wipe is complete on your phone, scroll down using the Volume keys and select Apply update from ADB. Press the Power button to select.
- Now you might see your Windows PC trying to install ADB drivers, in case it’s not been installed already. Once this is done, go to the Platform Tools folder, press Shift + right-click in the white space and click Open command window here.
- In the command window type adb devices. It’ll show ? sideload in the command window. Now type adb sideload AndroidP.zip. You can replace AndroidP.zip with whatever file name you’ve saved the file as.
- Now wait for the process to complete. You’ll see a percentage progress bar in the Command Prompt on your Windows PC. Don’t let your machine go to sleep! Once the process is complete, you will see a message on your phone that reads: Install from ADB complete.
- Now, on your Nokia 7 Plus, click the Power button to select Reboot system now, which is selected by default on this screen. It may take a little longer than usual to start your phone, so do not panic.
Once this is done, follow the on-screen prompts to set up the device on Android P.
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