How To Install Android 11 on Your Phone


The stable build of Android 11 is finally here. Since the initial announcement back in February, we have seen several developer previews builds and beta rollouts. Now that the latest version of Android has been released, almost everyone can get a taste of it.

By “almost everyone,” we mean the vast list of supported device manufacturers that are officially rolling out the Android 11 update on select devices. At the time of this writing, the list of compatible devices is quite big, and it’s expanding daily as more and more Android device manufacturers are making announcements.

New Android 11 features include a built-in screen recorder, revamped power menu with smart home controls, chat notification group, wireless Android Auto, privacy and security enhancements, etc. Not to mention, a brand-new hidden easter egg has been added just like all the previous iterations of Android.

Compared to the jump between Android 9.0 Pie and Android 10, Android 11 is more of an incremental OS update. However, Google will keep experimenting with new features and add them to Android 11 until the next major version of Android hits the shores.

Whether you can install Android 11 on your phone or not, read on through this guide as we discuss more about compatible devices and the upcoming Android 11 updates.

Get Android 11 on Google Pixel devices

For obvious reasons, Google’s Pixel devices are the first devices to receive the Android 11 update. Those who own a compatible Pixel device are in luck, as the update has already started rolling out globally. The compatible devices include Pixel 2, 2 XL, Pixel 3, 3 XL, Pixel 3a, 3a XL, Pixel 4, 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. In case you didn’t know, the first generation of Pixel devices was discontinued after the Android 10 update last year.

If you haven’t received the update yet, go to Settings > Advanced > System update menu and tap the Check for update option. You should see the new update pop up.

Before installing the update, make sure to plug the device to a charger just in case your device is running low on battery. Also, do not interact with your phone or restart it when installing the update. It will take several minutes to install.

In case you previously installed the Android 11 public beta build on your Pixel device, you will also receive an update to the official stable version. Furthermore, you won’t lose any data in the beta-to-stable migration process.

Get Android 11 on OnePlus devices

OnePlus is always committed to delivering the latest Android software updates to its devices. The company is still working on its OxygenOS 11 ROM based on Android 11, and it’s currently available as an open beta for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro users to try.

You can download the OxygenOS 11 open beta build for OnePlus 8 and Pro from the OnePlus forums. Once you get the zip package corresponding to your region (North American, Indian, and European), go to Settings > System > System Updates. After that, tap the gear icon on the top-right corner, and tap the Local upgrade option on the following page.

You can now select the upgrade zip package from the file browser and tap Upgrade to begin the OxygenOS 11 open beta build migration process. Note that all of your data will be deleted, except if you are using the OxygenOS 11 DP4 (Developer Preview) build.

Also, bear in mind that the OxygenOS 11 open beta build has a plethora of bugs and performance-related issues, as well as banking apps not working for many users. Unless you are willing to take the risk and install it on your daily driver, we recommend you wait for the stable OxygenOS 11 update instead, as it’s scheduled to release in the upcoming weeks.

The list of eligible OnePlus devices to get Android 11 also includes OnePlus 6, 6T, OnePlus 7, 7 Pro, 7T, 7T Pro, and the OnePlus Nord.

Get Android 11 on Oppo, Xiaomi, and Realme devices

Oppo has recently announced Color OS 11 based on Android 11. While the company isn’t known for its OS updates, it seems like they have been working early to release the first Color OS 11 stable build by the end of the year.

As of now, Oppo is recruiting testers for the Color OS 11 beta on the Color OS community forum. The current list of eligible devices include Find X2, Find X2 Pro, Reno 3, and Reno 3 Pro. However, the company has also promised to deliver the update to the following devices by the first and second quarter of 2021: A5 (2020) A9, A9 (2020), A52, A72, A91, A92, F11, F15, F17 Pro, Reno, Reno 2, Reno 3 Pro (5G), Reno 4, Reno 10X Zoom, Reno Z, etc.

Xiaomi has also released MIUI 12-based Android 11 beta update for Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro devices. Users can apply for it from the Mi Community forum, and the stable version will be rolled out at the beginning of October. Other devices include Mi Note 10 Lite, Mi Note 10 Pro, Poco F2 Pro (Redmi K30 Pro), Poco X2 (Redmi K30), Poco M2 (Redmi 9 Prime), Poco M2 Pro, Redmi K20 (Mi 9T), Redmi K20 Pro (Mi 9T Pro), Mi A3, Blackshark 2, Blackshark 3, and dozens more.

If you own a realme X50 Pro, go to this Realme Community link and apply for the realme UI Android 11 preview. The company hasn’t released a full list of eligible devices yet. 

Wrapping up

This guide covers everything you need to know for installing Android 11 on your phone. Once other companies like Nokia, Motorola, LG, Vivo, and Samsung kicks off its open beta program for the Android 11 update, we might follow-up with another guide like this.

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