How to enroll your device in the Android P Beta Program

Google announced the second Android P Developer Preview (DP2) during its I/O 2018 conference, and we know that you are chomping at the bit to get it installed on your device. Unlike the first Developer Preview of Android P, you don’t have to sideload it on to your Pixel or Pixel 2 handset, and its available to more brands of smartphones than ever before. Just enroll your device on to the Android Beta Program, and DP2 will roll out to your phone via OTA shortly after. Join us after the break to find out how to both register and un-register your device in the beta program.

We already know that Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL handsets are eligible, but you can also sign up for the Android P Beta Program if you own one of the following smartphones, thanks to the magic of Project Treble:

How to enroll in the Android P beta Program:

  • Back up your data
  • Navigate to google.com/android/beta on a browser
  • Sign in with the relevant account that is used on your handset
  • Now you’ve logged in, select your device from the list
  • Tap the Enroll Device when you’ve chosen your device
  • Wait a few minutes, then go to Settings/Advanced/ System Update and mash the Check for Update button (Which should work!)
  • Once the Android P Developer Preview 2 (DP2) is downloaded and installed, your device should receive further beta updates via OTA

In case you change your mind:

  • Back up your data
  • Navigate to google.com/android/beta on a browser
  • Log in with the relevant account details
  • Pick which of your devices you wish to remove from the Android Beta Program
  • Select the Unenroll device button
  • After you’ve made your choice, a notification will appear on your device
  • Once the rollback firmware has been downloaded and installed, your handset will be running the latest stable build of Android, in this case, Android 8.1 Oreo

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).