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Install Android Q Beta on Google Pixel / Pixel XL Factory Image

For original Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, this article shows how to install Android Q Beta firmware. Released couple of days back, new Android Q is now available for developers and users to test out. Surprisingly enough, the major upgrade is available for the original Google Pixel series of smartphones which is now more than three years old. This grants loyal owners yet another year of latest software hence adding more value to the smartphone. Being a Beta build, this update can only be installed manually and not through on-device OTA. To install it on your very own Pixel / Pixel XL, read the steps ahead.

With Android Q, there have been changes throughout the system. Seeing how it is a major version upgrade, Google is integrating lots of new features and perfecting older ones. For starters, Android Q Beta 1 has improved privacy implementation with a strong focus on permissions for apps. Further, there are tweaks to the UI as well to make it more fitting and modern. It is important to mention, Google is planning on 6 Beta releases before the complete public build so with each iteration, the feature set would gradually increase. Now, lets proceed with installing Android Q Beta 1 on Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Also, do make a recent backup of your phone data as it is recommended before any firmware flash — even for official ones.

Install Android Q Beta 1, Google Pixel / Pixel XL

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Google Pixel / Pixel XL Android Q Beta 1 Factory Image Details:

Android Q Beta 1 is available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones. So basically, all Google Pixel phones are eligible for the first beta release of Android Q. Most notable new features for early adopters and developers are:

  • Users will have more control over location / GPS
  • Improved privacy protections in Android Q
  • Support for foldable and innovative new screens
  • Sharing Shortcuts, Settings Panels and a lot more!

To read more about the full announcements in Android Q Beta 1, make sure you read our post.

Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB Drivers

You will need to connect the Google Pixel or Pixel XL with the computer – Windows, Mac or Linux. For that, please make sure you have installed the correct USB drivers for these phones properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Google Pixel / Pixel XL USB drivers!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel / Pixel XL to Beta 1 Android Q factory image.

Install Android Q Beta 1 on Google Pixel / Pixel XL Using Official Factory Image

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android Q Beta 1 official firmware on Google Pixel / Pixel XL using the factory image provided by Google. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to playing around with official factory images by Google on the Pixel phones.

Please make sure your phone fulfills all the requirements and you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Disclaimer: Try this on your own risk. We are not responsible if you mess up with your Google Pixel.

Just To Remember:

  • This tutorial is only for Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones.
  • Your phone can be on any previous Android version or even on a custom ROM. It doesn’t matter at all. This tutorial will still work for installing Android Q Beta 1.
  • Android Q Beta 1 is only for early adopters and may be very buggy and cause battery drain on your phone.
  • Enjoy Android Q on your device and let us know your review about it!

NOTE: Installing Android Q Beta 1 factory image will WIPE / DELETE / ERASE everything from your phone even if your bootloader is still locked or already unlocked. Please make sure you have a backup of all the data. Read: How to Backup Android Apps and Other Data.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download Android Q Beta 1 factory image for your Pixel or Pixel XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.

Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel / Pixel XL to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 – Please make sure Fastboot is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.

Step 4 – Turn OFF your phone.

 Step 5 – Get into the Fastboot / Bootloader Mode on your phone. Turn ON the phone while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Volume Down + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

Step 6 – Now extract the downloaded file anywhere in your computer. Go to the folder sailfish-Beta 1 and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.

Note: If you followed our tutorial on setting up Fastboot on your computer, there is a 99% chance your Fastboot directory will be the platform-tools folder in your Android SDK directory.

Step 7 – From the factory image files in your Fastboot directory, do the following depending which OS you are on:

  • On Windows: Run the file “flash-all.bat”.
  • On Mac: Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
  • On Linux: Run the file “flash-all.sh”.

Step 8 – That’s pretty much that you had to do for flashing the Android Q Beta 1 factory image on your Google Pixel / Pixel XL. Now wait and watch as the process is completed — or follow the on-screen instructions on your phone if in case you have to unlock the bootloader.

Step 9 – After the installation completes, the phone will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!

That’s it! Your Google Pixel phone should now have the official Android Q Beta 1 software update installed on your phone using the stock factory image from Google! Go to Settings > About phone to verify.

Backup and Other Important Tips

Please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps.

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read: How to Backup Android Apps, Text Messages, WhatsApp, Call History.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up. [Tutorial: How to Backup Android Phone using TWRP]

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

3. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

Have fun playing with the new Android Q firmware. All the instructions are clearly given above, but if you have any issues, please let us know through Facebook, Twitter or Google+

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