Complete Guide To Install Android 11 Dev Preview 4 On Pixel Devices: The development of newer Android versions has been surprisingly fast in recent years, with Google rolling out developer previews as early as February. This year is no exception for Google, even though the Android development hit a roadblock due to the global pandemic.
Google made the Android 11 Developer Preview 4 OTA image available for Pixel users a few weeks ago. While Android 11 Beta 1 was about to be rolled out for Pixel devices on 3rd June, it has been delayed to a later date because of the civil unrest in the United States.
If you want to try out the new features of Android 11, then you can also install the Android 11 Dev Preview 4, assuming that own a Pixel 2 or a newer Pixel device. However, not everyone is comfortable with flashing OTA images as it might put their devices in a precarious state of being bricked.
Google’s new web-based Android Flash Tool solves the issue. It helps you not only flash developer previews on Pixel devices but also do it quickly and securely. Besides, you won’t have to go through the hassle of installing later builds of Android 11 manually, as it retains support for over-the-air software updates.
This guide will walk you through a straightforward method of installing the Android 11 Developer Preview 4 on Pixel devices. But, remember that the developer preview is intended for developer usage only, and it still contains a lot of bugs. Unless you are using your Pixel phone on a daily basis, we strongly recommend you to wait for the official rollout of stable Android 11 build for your Pixel device.
Here are some things you need to get started with flashing the Android 11 Developer Preview 4:
- Make sure that you are using a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3A, Pixel 3A XL, Pixel 4, or a Pixel 4 XL device. Google is currently not offering Android 11 Dev Preview images for devices from other smartphone manufacturers, and the first generation of Pixel devices is not supported anymore.
- Back up your personal data before you flash, as it will completely wipe your Pixel device.
- You will need the USB charging cable to connect your Pixel phone to PC.
- Install the latest version of Google Chrome on your Windows PC, as it is one of the only web browsers that natively support the WebUSB API.
- You will have to download and install the Google USB driver, which you can get from developer.android.com/studio/run/win-usb.
Prepare your Pixel device for OTA flashing
Before you flash the Android 11 Developer Preview 4 on your Pixel, please do the following:
- Open up Settings from your app drawer.
- Scroll down and tap the About Phone option.
- Scroll down once again and tap Build number a few times to enable developer options.
- Now go back to the main settings page and tap System.
- Tap Advanced to expand the menu and select Developer options.
- On the developer options page, go down to the Debugging section and toggle on USB debugging. Tap OK to confirm.
- From the same page, toggle on OEM unlocking.
You can now proceed to the Android 11 flashing process.
Flash Android 11 Dev Preview 4 on your Pixel device with Android Flash Tool
Assuming that you have the Google USB driver and Chrome browser installed on your Windows PC, you can follow the steps below to flash Android 11 Developer Preview 4 on your Pixel device.
- Start with connecting your Pixel phone to your PC using the USB charging cable.
- Open up a Chrome browser tab and go to developer.android.com/preview/download, which is the official Android Developers portal.
- Scroll down to the “Use Android Flash Tool” section, then click the link next to your Pixel device model. It is a direct link to the Android Flash Tool.
- Click Get Started on the Android Flash Tool welcome page. A pop-up will then prompt you to allow the site access to ADB for the flashing process to work. Click OK to continue.
- After that, click + Add new device at the bottom of the webpage.
- On your Pixel device, a dialog box will appear, asking you to allow USB debugging. Simply tap the box next to “Always allow from this computer,” and tap Allow.
- If you have followed every step as mentioned above, your device should show up in the list of devices on the Android Flash Tool webpage. Click it to proceed to the next page.
- Under the Selected build option, check the box next to Lock Bootloader. This will ensure that your device warranty is not void after the flashing.
- Click the Install button below, then click Confirm on the following window.
- You will be asked once again to accept the Android SDK License Agreement. Click I accept to begin the flashing process.
Once you do it, your Pixel phone will automatically reboot to the bootloader menu. If you see a pop-up window to select your device on the Android Flash Tool, then click the Reselect device option and choose your device from the list again.
While Android Flash Tool downloads and installs the Android 11 Developer Preview 4 image on your Pixel phone, do NOT unplug the cable even if the progress bar is stuck in the same place for more than a few minutes. We can assure you that it is still installing the software. Also, we advise you not to interact with your PC as well.
After your Pixel phone circles through several restarts, the Android Flash Tool will prompt you to unplug it, only when it says, “Software successfully updated.” You can now go through the first time setup process on your Pixel and try out various Android 11 features.
Flashing Developer Previews on Pixel phones has never been this easy, thanks to Google’s new Android Flash Tool. If you currently have the Android 11 Developer Preview 3 installed on your Pixel phone, then you won’t have to go through this flashing process. The Developer Preview 4 is also being rolled out as an OTA update, so you can easily update from Developer Preview 3 without the Android Flash Tool.
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