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Unenroll from Android O Beta

How to enroll and install Android N beta

When you’re ready to try Google’s upcoming Android N, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Android Beta Program page

  2. Sign-in with your Google Account that you’re currently using on your eligible phone or tablet.

  3. Scroll down and you’ll find a list with all the devices compatible with Android N beta, just click the Enroll device button.

Now that your Google device is enrolled on the Android Beta Program, you’ll need to wait up to 24 hours for the update to arrive into your device. If you don’t see the update you can go to Settings > About > System updates and check for updates.

Consider that any device hidden on Google Play won’t appear listed to enroll in the beta program. To fix this issue, check your Google Play settings

Alternatively, you can manually install Android N on your device by downloading the image from developer.android.com, but following this route will block you from getting over-the-air updates automatically, unless, of course, you enroll your device in the Android Beta Program.

According to Google, during the beta program, you’ll receive a new preview every 4 to 6 weeks. Then after Android N releases to the public, you’ll have to make the decision to continue receiving future previews, which Google call “maintenance releases (MRs)”, or you may opt-out of the program and return to the stable release everyone is using.


Your eligible devices

Eligible devices that you have signed into with your Google account as the primary user will show on this page.

Download Android SDK Platform Tools and Android 11 Factory Image

Before we begin with the downgrade process, some prerequisites need to be dealt with. For this process, we need to download the Android SDK Platform-tools along with an Android 11 factory image. Follow the steps down below to do all of this:

  1. First of all, head to the official page for the Android SDK Platform-tools by clicking here.
  2. There, click on the Download SDK Platform-Tools for Windows option. If you are using a Mac, click on the Mac option.
    Downloading SDK Platform Tools
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions and then click the Download button to begin the download.
  4. Once the download has been completed, extract the Platform-tools to the desired location.
  5. After that, head to the Android Factory images website by clicking here.
  6. Download the Android 11 factory image for your device from the list provided there.
    Android Factory Images
  7. Once you have downloaded the image, extract the files to the Platform tool folder.
  8. Make sure that the factory image files are inside the platform-tools folder.

Which phones support the Android 12 beta?

You need one of the following Android devices to install the developer beta:

  • Pixel 3 and 3 XL
  • Pixel 3a and 3a XL
  • Pixel 4 and 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 5

Unlock Bootloader of your Phone

As it turns out, for you to be able to flash the Android 11 factory image on your phone, you need to have the bootloader unlocked. If your bootloader is already unlocked, you can go ahead and skip this step. In case it isn’t, follow the instructions down below to unlock your bootloader:

  1. First of all, open up the Platform Tools folder on your computer.
  2. There, in the address bar, type in cmd and then hit the Enter key.
    Opening CMD
  3. This will open up a command prompt window in the same directory.
  4. Before we proceed, make sure that your phone is connected to your computer.
  5. After you have connected your phone, enter the “adb reboot bootloader” command without the quotes and hit the Enter key. This will boot your phone into the fastboot mode.
    Enabling Fastboot Mode
  6. Once your phone is in fastboot mode, enter the “fastboot flashing unlock” command without the quotes to start the bootloader unlocking process.
    Unlocking Bootloader
  7. On your phone, you will be shown a warning message. Ignore it and use the volume keys to navigate through the menu.
  8. Choose the Unlock the bootloader by navigating to it and then pressing the power button.
  9. Once you have done that, your bootloader will be unlocked. Make sure that USB Debugging is enabled when the device restarts.

What’s new?

Android 12 Beta is now available. You will receive pre-release Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs) for the current stable platform that include the latest bug fixes and performance improvements ahead of the public release schedule. Learn more about our new features and known issues by reviewing our blog post. We’re still actively developing the platform and in the process of adding features and fixing issues.

How to leave the beta program and uninstall Android N

If you decide that you’re not ready for Android N, you can leave the beta program at any time. However, remember to backup any data and settings that are not already automatically backed up, as the roll back to the public release of Android will erase everything on your device to install the latest stable release of the operating system.

When you’re ready to stop using the beta version of Android N, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Android Beta Program page

  2. Sign-in with your Google Account that you’re currently using on your eligible phone or tablet.

  3. Scroll down and you’ll find a list with all the devices compatible with Android N beta, just click the Unenroll device button.

Soon after you press the Unenroll device button and an update will arrive to your device to wipe out the beta version and data, and it’ll install the latest stable version of Android.

How to restore Galaxy S8 back to Nougat?

After you’ve quit the Galaxy Beta Program, you will obviously want to rollback to Android Nougat on your Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

To do this, you have two methods: first, where we take the matter in our hand, and install the Android 7.0 firmware manually, and second, we use Samsung’s smart switch PC software to download and install latest official OS for your device on it.

Which method should you choose? 2nd method that uses Smart Switch is good (it’s automatic, so maybe you would want to give it a go first), but it may not work many a times. While, it’s always good to download and install a firmware yourself (method 1), so that you can do this time and again whenever needed, to get things back to normal in an instant because you have Nougat firmware available with you on your PC. Yes, you can fix semi-bricked device with this method.

Remember, all your data from the Galaxy Beta Program will be erased, but you can recover most of it if you had taken a backup. You can recover all the data if you had taken a backup before installing the Oreo beta.

Method 1: Use Odin to install Nougat manually

For this, just hit our firmware page below for the two devices, and find the firmware for your device. Download as per your model no. and carrier. We have explained this further on the firmware page.

Once again, to install Android 7.0 Nougat, simply go the above linked firmware page, identify and download the correct firmware for your device, and then install it using the guide given there. It’s easy, even if you are doing for the first time.

Method 2: Use Samsung Smart Switch software to install Nougat automatically

Here, you will have to download the Smart Switch software on your PC first, and then run it and follow the instructions given below.

  • Download Samsung Smart Switch.
  • Connect your device to the PC using the USB cable.
  • Click on the Update button to install the latest stable software for your device.

And you’re done. If you find all this too much work, you can even take your Galaxy S8 or S8+ to a Samsung Service Center and get the software installed over there.