Android 11 is the latest version of Google’s operating system, and it provides a handful of exciting features. You may be wondering if your phone or tablet will get it, and if it does, how do you install it? Here’s everything you need to know.
Is Android 11 coming to your phone? When?
When a new version of Android is released to the world, the first question people ask is “when will my device get it?” The answer to that question is as complicated as the Android ecosystem itself.
Google Pixel devices are the first to get Android 11. These are the only devices that Google itself can update directly. All Pixel devices starting with Pixel 2 will already receive the update.
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From there, it’s up to the manufacturer and carrier of the phone and tablet. The newer your Android device is, the more likely it is to get Android 11. Some manufacturers are also better than others. Android Police has tracked and ranked the best manufacturers when it comes to security updates.
If you use a new Samsung Galaxy phone, there is a very good chance that you will get Android 11. Samsung has not specified a timeline, but we expect that the latest generation of devices (Galaxy S20 / Note 20) will receive the update by the end of the year.
The people over on XDA developer keeps an Android 11 Update Tracker. This is a handy place to see if your device is getting a stable update or testing a beta version. If all else fails, you can simply do a web search for “[your phone] Android 11 update ”to find information.
How to check for Android updates
If you know your phone is getting Android 11, but you have not yet received the message, you can manually search for it. We show you how to do it on a Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy. Even if you do not own a device from any of the manufacturers, you should be able to replicate these steps on your phone or tablet.
First, on a Pixel phone, swipe down from the top of the screen twice, then tap the gear icon to open the “Settings” menu.
Scroll all the way down and press “System”.
Then select “Advanced” to expand more options.
Select “System Update” at the bottom of the list.
Finally, press the “Check for update” button.
If the update is available, you will see a message about it and you can start the installation process. If not, it will say “Your system is up to date.”
On a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, swipe down from the top of the screen and then tap the gear icon to open the “Settings” menu.
Scroll down and select “Software Update.”
Then tap “Download and Install.” Despite the name, it is simply looking for an update.
If the update is available, you will see a message about it and you can start the installation process. If not, it will say “Your software is up to date.”
How to install Android 11 manually
Android 11 may be available for your phone, but it’s fruitless to check for the update. Software updates often roll out in steps, which means not everyone will get them right away. If Android 11 is available for your device, it should arrive in a few days.
However, there are ways to manually install Android 11. This is called “sideloading” and it is a more complex way to install a firmware update. 9to5Google has an in-depth guide on page loading Android 11 on a Pixel phone.
Keep in mind that page loading requires some advanced tools and procedures. If it is done incorrectly, you risk sticking your device permanently. Page charging is not something that the typical smartphone user should try. For most of us, it’s just fine to wait for the OTA update.