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Get Android Q Beta

Android Q Beta is now available for early adopters and developers to try the next version of Android.

You can get Android Q Beta in any of these ways:

Get Android Q Beta on a Google Pixel device

The easiest way to get Android Q Beta on a Google Pixel device is to Enroll the device in our Android Beta for Pixel program. To enroll, visit g.co/androidbeta. Once enrolled, your device will receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates to the latest Android Q builds through (and including) the final release. Enrolling is a simple and fast process, and it's highly recommended for early adopters and developers. In most cases, you don't need to do a full reset of your data to move to Android Q Beta, but it’s recommended that you back up data before enrolling your device.

Alternatively, you can manually download and flash your Pixel device to the latest Android Q Beta build. This approach can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing. System image downloads and instructions for flashing are available on the downloads page.

Android Beta OTAs and downloads are available for Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, and Pixel XL.

Set up Android Emulator to run Android Q Beta

If you don't have access to a hardware device that can run Android Q, we recommend setting up an Android Emulator for development and testing. Configuring the Android Emulator to run Android Q Beta is a great solution for exploring new features and APIs and testing with Android Q behavior changes. Setting up the emulator is fast and convenient and allows you to emulate various screen sites and device characteristics.

To set up an emulator with Android Q Beta, install the latest system image and create a new virtual device as follows:

  1. In Android Studio, click Tools > SDK Manager.
  2. In the SDK Platforms tab, select Show Package Details at the bottom of the window.
  3. Below Android Q Beta, select a system image such as Google APIs Intel x86 Atom System Image.
  4. In the SDK Tools tab, select the latest version of Android Emulator.
  5. Click OK to begin install.
  6. After install is finished, select Tools > AVD Manager and follow the instructions to create a new AVD.

    Be sure to select a device definition that does not include Play Store, and select Q for the system image.

  7. When you return to the AVD Manager's list of virtual devices, double-click your new virtual device to launch it.