Being Pixel devices after all, new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL from Google can now be installed with Android Q Beta through this guide. Despite being launched days back, there is latest Android Q Beta software available for the new Pixel 3a series. The build that has been published is based on Android Beta 3 which carries loads of new changes and features. However, being a preview build, out of the box, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL ship with stable Android Pie firmware but users have the option to test out new Android Q. Complete installation procedure for Pixel 3a phones right ahead.
Android Q is Google’s next major update to Android source code. There are changes spread all across the system. Be it the UI which has been tweaked with Dark Theme or the performance aspect which benefits from newer APIs. However, being early in development, we expect even more features to get added as we near the stable, public launch. Further, for now, Pixel 3a users can not use the Beta program to get the new Preview Build through OTA but they can, however use the manual guide ahead to install Android Q Beta 3 on their phones. Also, do make a recent backup of your phone data as it is recommended before any firmware flash — even for official ones.
Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmware, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We (TeamAndroid.com) or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉
Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a XL Android Q Beta 3 Factory Image Details:
Android Q Beta 3 is available for the Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. So basically, all Google Pixel phones are eligible for the beta release of Android Q. Most notable new features for early adopters and developers are:
- Dark Theme (System wide Dark Mode)
- Project Mainline (Updates through Play Store)
- 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 3a / Pixel 3a XL USB Drivers
You will need to connect the Google Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a 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:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a XL to Beta 1 Android Q factory image.
Install Android Q Beta on Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a XL Using Official Factory Image
We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android Q Beta official firmware on Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a 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 3a and Google Pixel 3a 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 3.
- 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 3 factory image for your Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL on your PC, if you haven’t already.
- sargo-qpp3.190404.015-factory-29c0085a.zip – Google Pixel 3a
- bonito-qpp3.190404.015-factory-5e076e9c.zip – Google Pixel 3a XL
Step 2 – Connect your Google Pixel 3a / Pixel 3a 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 sargo-qpp3 or bonito-qpp3 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 3a / Pixel 3a 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.