PSA: Installing the Android 13 Beta does not need wiping your Android 12 QPR3 Pixel device.

Google is running two Android Beta Programs at once for the first time today. To upgrade to Android 13 Beta 1, users do not need to delete their Pixel devices running Android 12 QPR3 Beta 2.

While there is still an single Android Beta Website , choosing a device to opt in will give you the choice of joining the Android 12 or Android 13 Beta Program. Google describes the distinction as follows:

Program for Android 12 Beta

Get early access to Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs) for the most recent stable Android platform release, which feature the newest performance and bug fixes. When the public stable release of the Android June QPR and Pixel Feature Drop occurs in June 2022, this initiative will come to a stop.

Program for Android 13 Beta

Test new features on the upcoming, unannounced Android platform that is still under development. Throughout the platforms’ release cycle, you will consistently get beta upgrades, including Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs). When the public stable release of the Android June QPR and Pixel Feature Drop occurs in June 2023, this initiative comes to an end.

How to update a 12 QPR3 smartphone to Android 13 via OTA

Tap Opt in to join the Android 13 Beta Program right away. using a phone For the download, go to Settings, System, and System Update.

Android 13 12 QPR3

Select the 12 QPR3 phone option and confirm your desire to exit beta. You can upgrade to Android 12 without wiping your device (April security patch)

However, Google has found a situation where returning to stable may be necessary before seeing the Android 13 option on the website:

Important: To see numerous enrollment options, you must first apply the stable public version (which necessitates a data wipe) if, after opting out, you only see one program option to enroll in.

In the meantime, Google today stated that Android 13 will continue Quarterly Platform Releases into the following year. They’ll occur at the same time as the Pixel Feature Drop.

You can access our complete installation instructions for Android 13 Beta here.
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