Android 11 is the latest version of Google’s operating system and comes with a handful of exciting features. You may be wondering if your phone or tablet is getting it, and if so, how do you install it? Everything you need to know is here.
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1 Coming to Your Phone? When?
When a new version of Android comes into the world, the first question people ask is “when will my device get it?” The answer to this question is as complicated as the Android ecosystem itself.
Google Pixel devices will be the first to receive Android 11. These are the only devices that Google can update itself directly. All Pixel devices starting with Pixel 2 will already receive the update.
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From there, it’s up to the manufacturers and operators of phones and tablets. The newer your Android device, the more likely it is to get Android 11. Certain manufacturers are also better than others. Android police tracked and rated the best vendors for security updates.
If you are using a current Samsung Galaxy phone, there is a very good chance you can get Android 11. Samsung has not given a timeline, but we expect the latest generation of devices (Galaxy S20 / Note 20) to receive the update by the end of the year.
The people at XDA developer maintain an Android 11 update tracker. This is a handy place to see if your device is getting a stable update or to test a beta version. If all else fails, you can simply do a web search for “[your phone] Android 11 Update ”for information.
How to check for Android updates
If you know your phone is getting Android 11 but you haven’t received the notification yet, you can check it out manually. We’ll show you how to do it on a Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy. Even if you don’t have a one-manufacturer device, you should be able to replicate these steps on your phone or tablet.
On a Pixel phone, first swipe down twice from the top of the screen, then tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.
Scroll all the way down and tap on “System”.
Next, select “Advanced” for more options.
At the end of the list, select “System Update”.
Finally, tap the “Check for Updates” button.
If the update is available, a message will be displayed and you can start the installation process. If not, “Your system is up to date” is displayed.
On a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, swipe down from the top of the screen, then tap the gear icon to open the Settings menu.
Scroll down and select “Software Update”.
Then tap on “Download and Install”. Despite the name, they simply look for an update.
If the update is available, a message will be displayed and you can start the installation process. If not, it says “Your software is up to date”.
Manually installing Android 11
Android 11 may be available for your phone, but we won’t find the update looking for it. Software updates are often rolled out gradually, 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 install Android 11 manually. This is known as a “sideload” and is a more complex method of installing a firmware update. 9to5Google provides a detailed guide on how to sideload Android 11 on a Pixel phone.
Note that sideloading requires some advanced tools and procedures. If it is improperly executed, there is a risk that your device will be permanently bricked. The typical smartphone user shouldn’t try sideloading. For most of us, it’s okay to just wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update.