The Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta is for developers, but as before anyone will be able to install it on a compatible device. Read on for instructions on how to subscribe to Google’s beta programme and install Android N 7.1.2 Beta.
Downloading Android N is simple with Google’s Android Beta Program. Any devices enrolled to the programme will receive OTA updates to the latest Android operating systems where available.
Step 1: To enroll in the Android Beta Program, open the browser on your compatible Nexus or Pixel device and head to g.co/androidbeta. You will be asked to sign into your Google account.
b Scroll down the page and you’ll find a heading ‘Eligible devices’ with any compatible Nexus devices that are also signed into your account listed below.
Step 3: Find the Nexus device you wish to enroll to the beta programme and click the green ‘Enroll device’ button beside it.
Step 4: Tick the box to agree to the terms and conditions, then tap ‘Join beta’.
Step 5: A message will pop up to tell you your device has been enrolled and will soon receive an OTA update to the beta version of Android. Click Ok.
Step 6: The update notification arrived on our Nexus 6 instantly, although it can take up to 24 hours. If you don’t receive your update notification after that time, check you’re connected to the internet then head to Settings, About, System updates and check for updates.
You will not receive OTA updates if you previously manually flashed Android on to that device (as we had with our Nexus 6) – you’ll get a notification that verification has failed. Instead you will need to manually install Android N on that device, and you can follow the same instructions we provide below for manually installing Android Marshmallow.
Step 7: Once you see the update notification, pull down the notification bar and choose Download.
Step 8: In the next window you’ll be told that this will install a preview version of Android N on to your device. Ensure you are connected to Wi-Fi, then tap Download. (Note that the screenshot is of the Android N Developer Preview and not the Android N 7.1.2 Beta.)
Step 9: You can now install the Android Nougat 7.1.2 Beta. Tap Restart & install to begin the process.
You’ll automatically receive notifications of any new Android Nougat update.