Google has finally released the Android 11 update through the stable channel. Thankfully, it isn’t limited just to the Pixel-lineup. There are devices from several other manufacturers, including OnePlus, Oppo, Xiaomi, and Realme, that are getting the new update. If you own any of the compatible devices, here’s how you can download and install the Android 11 update on your phone.
Get Android 11 Update on Your Phone
The new Android 11 brings several new features, including better notifications, chat bubbles, revamped media controls, enhanced privacy, and more. It also gets support for wireless Android Auto and smart device controls. All the features are detailed here.
The Android 11 update schedule for your phone depends on its make and model. Google is releasing it for recent phones in the Pixel-lineup, followed by devices from Realme, Oppo, OnePlus, and Xiaomi. Below is how you can install the Android 11 update on eligible devices.
Install Android 11 on Google Pixel-series
You can install Android 11 on Pixel 2 and newer phones in Google’s lineup. This includes Pixel 2, 2XL, Pixel 3, 3 XL, 3a, 3a XL, and Pixel 4, 4 4XL, and 4a. To update your Pixel to Android 11:
- Open Settings on your Pixel.
- Navigate to System > Advanced > System Update.
- Click on “Check for Update.”
If you don’t see any update, wait for a while. Updates are always rolled out in batches, and it may take some time to show up on your phone. Alternatively, you can flash the Android 11 system image manually from the Pixel downloads page. Google has detailed all the instructions to flash a system image here.
Install Android 11 on OnePlus Phones
OnePlus has released the Android 11 update for OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro through OxygenOS 11 Open Beta 1 update. The new build comes with several changes, including Samsung’s One UI-like interface.
You can install it using the local update method on your OnePlus 8 or OnePlus 8 Pro.
- Head to the OnePlus forum in your browser.
- Download the Open Beta 1 build for OnePlus 8 (link) or OnePlus 8 Pro (link).
- Once the file is downloaded, copy it to your phone’s internal storage.
- Go to Settings> System> System Updates.
- Tap the gear icon and select Local upgrade.
- Select the update file and click Install Now to manually install OxygenOS 11 public beta on your OnePlus phone.
The Open Beta is essentially based on stable Android 11. However, it may have minor bugs here and there. If you don’t want to install the initial release, you can wait for the stable build.
Install Android 11 on Oppo Phones
Following Google’s announcement, Oppo has pushed its own beta release for the Oppo Find X2, Find X2 Pro, Ace 2, Reno 3, and Reno 3 Pro. Eligible Oppo phone users in India can apply for the beta version in the software update section, as given below.
- On your Oppo phone, head to Settings > Software Update.
- Click on the gear icon and tap Apply for Beta Version.
- Then, click on Update Beta Version.
If you’re selected, you’ll receive the update within three days on your phone. Oppo will soon unveil Android 11-based ColorOS 11, but these updates will be based on the current ColorOS 7.2 release.
Update: Oppo has now started ColorOS 11 Beta global rollout for Oppo Reno 3, Reno 3 Pro, Reno 4 5G, and F17 Pro. Note that the testing window has a limited quota.
Install Android 11 on Realme Phones
Like Oppo, Realme, too, is offering the Android 11 update to a limited number of users having the flagship Realme X50 Pro smartphone. If you have one, you can follow the steps below to update it to Android 11-based Realme UI.
- Head to Settings > Software Update.
- Tap on the settings icon in the top right corner.
- Click on Trial Version, enter details, and hit Apply Now.
Install Android 11 on Xiaomi Phones
Xiaomi’s Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and Redmi K30 Pro or Poco F2 Pro are eligible for the Mi Pilot MIUI global stable beta ROM running MIUI 12 based on Android 11.
To get the Android 11 update, you’ll have to fill a form on Mi Global community website and share your IMEI numbers. The deadline for the same is today, i.e., September 9. Once you get your account authorized for beta testing, you can sideload the ROM through recovery.
The ROM is currently in the beta stage and might be unstable; so, install at your discretion. The beta testing authorization can theoretically be bypassed by flashing the ROM through custom recovery like TWRP, but experiment only if you’re familiar with this stuff.
So, this was a quick guide on how you can download and install the all-new Android 11 update on your eligible Android phones. Anyway, have you tried Android 11 yet? Do let me know in the comments below. In case of any doubts or queries, feel free to reach out via comments or Twitter.