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How to install Android 12 on your Pixel

The latest Android software is now available, and installing it requires just a few taps

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Android 12 is now available, following a beta period that lasted a few months. It’s now safe to install on your phone, assuming you have one that’s compatible with the software right now. Currently, it’s available on Pixel phones, but compatibility will expand as time goes on (the question, as always, is when that might happen).

If you want to check out the big changes, you should glance at my review of the software. Also, the video embedded at the top is a good resource if you want to see Android 12 in action on a Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Before you jump in, it’s never a bad idea to first make sure that your device data is backed up on the cloud.

First, let’s see if you have an eligible device.

Which phones work with Android 12?

  • Pixel 3, 3 XL
  • Pixel 3A, 3A XL
  • Pixel 4, 4 XL
  • Pixel 4A, 4A 5G
  • Pixel 5
  • It comes pre-installed on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

While the beta was available on a bevy of phones, including the Asus Zenfone 8, OnePlus 9, 9 Pro, the Oppo Find X3 Pro (model CPH2173), and more, Android 12 will come later this year to these and more phones.

How to install Android 12

Getting the beta required several steps, but installing the final version of Android 12 requires just a few clicks.

  • Open the settings menu on your phone, then head to System > System Update. Tap “Check for update” to see if you can download the new software.
  • If you have a supported phone, it should begin downloading after you start the installation process.
  • If nothing happens right away, your only option is to keep waiting. I got the update on my Pixel 3 and 4A 5G within minutes of trying, though sometimes it may take hours for the software to become available for you.