How to install Android 13 update on Google Pixel or an Android device

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    Google made its Android 13 available for developers via Developer Preview 1, meaning the interested users having Pixel phones can install this OS and test Google’s upcoming major OS. If you own one of Pixel phones, i.e. a Pixel 4, 4a, 5, 5a, or a Pixel 6, you can download the Android 13 right now.

    However, as it’s the earliest build of the software, it’s completely unstable and we recommend you not to download it on your daily driver. And if you choose to install it, then take a backup of your important data.


    The DPs do not arrive over the air and you’ll have to sideload them manually on your device. For that, you’ll need an eligible Pixel phone (one of those mentioned above) with an unlocked bootloader.

    Google being generous has also provided Developer Preview build of Android 13 as a Generic System Image (GSI) that will be supported on a wide range of devices other than just the Pixels. While Google only validated them for the eligible Pixel phone, they should boot on any Project Treble-supported device.

    So, here’s how you can install the Android 13 on your Pixel phone or any other eligible Android device.

    The method we’ll be using here is — Sideloading Android 13 via ADB and recovery

    • Download the Zip file on your computer and place the file in the section where ADB is located.
    • Now, enable the USB Debugging on your phone (Go to Settings > About phone > Tap Build number 7 times, enter your passcode to enable Developers option. Then, again in Settings >> Developer options >> Enable USB Debugging)
    • Connect your phone to your computer via the original USB cable.
    • Run this command on your computer – (adb reboot recovery). This will enable recovery mode on your phone.
    • Now, select Apply update from ADB,
      on your phone.
    • On your computer run the following command – (adb devices)
    • This command will prompt the device to show a serial number with sideloading next to its name. This means that you device is now in sideload mode.
    • Now, on your computer run another command – (adb sideload “filename”.zip)
    • The update should install on your phone.
    • Once the installation is complete, choose ‘Reboot system now’ on your phone.

    More methods coming soon…

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