How to Join the Android Q Beta 4 on your Pixel Device

Google has released an official Android Q beta timeline and it outlines when you can expect each beta release. The company says the fourth beta will be followed by beta 5, beta 6, and the final release sometime in Q3. We don’t have specific dates, yet we at least have an idea about the schedule. Until getting to the end of the road, you may now join the Android Q Beta 4 on your Pixel device.

Android Q Beta 4 system images are available for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL, as well as the new Pixel 3a and 3a XL. You just have to be the user of one of these handsets and you will be able to install as an OTA by manual download or the Android Beta program (the easier method, of course).

Before that, I can only recommend familiarizing yourself with the known issues first. Google Photos may send wrong metadata affecting gallery order, and picture-in-picture window may not work as expected in full gestural navigation mode. At the same time, some popular games and banking apps may crash due to an internal change in Android Q. And sensitivity problems, crashes, or audio problems particularly when using Android Auto are there too.

Note: I recommend backing up your Android first, just to be safe. You never know what might happen. And don’t forget to take a look at the official Android Q beta timeline and see if it is better to do that now or wait.

How to Join the Android Q Beta 4 on your Pixel Device:

  1. At first, go to the Android Beta Program website;
  2. Sign into Gmail (if you aren’t already);
  3. Scroll down and find your list of eligible devices;
  4. Find the phone you want to use, then click the blue Opt-In button;
  5. Agree to Google’s terms;
  6. You can tap OK;
  7. Then, into your Pixel phone, go to Settings > System;
  8. Now, tap check for updates. You’ll get the latest version of Android Q right on your phone.

If you’re already enjoying the second or third Android Q beta, you’ll get an automatic update and notification to install the Android Q beta 4 release.

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