Android 11 is the latest version of the operating system from Google and offers a handful of cool features. You might be wondering if your phone or tablet will get it, and if so, how do you install it? Here is all 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 this question is as complicated as the Android ecosystem itself.
Google Pixel devices are the first to benefit Android 11. These are the only devices that Google itself can update directly. All Pixel devices starting with the Pixel 2 are already receiving the update.
From there, it’s up to the phone and tablet manufacturers and operators to decide. The newer your Android device, the more likely it is to get Android 11. Some manufacturers are also better than others. Android Police has tracked and ranked the top manufacturers for security updates.
If you are using a recent Samsung Galaxy phone, the chances are very good that you will get Android 11. Samsung did not give a schedule, but we are waiting for the latest generation of devices (Galaxy s20/Note 20) will receive the update by the end of the year.
People at XDA Developers maintain a Android 11 update tracking. It’s a handy place to see if your device is getting a stable update or to test a beta. If all else fails, you can simply search the web for “[your phone] Android 11 update ”to find information.
How to check for Android updates
If you know your phone has Android 11, but you haven’t received the notification yet, you can check it manually. We’ll show you how to do it on a Google Pixel and a Samsung Galaxy. Even if you don’t own a device from either manufacturer, you should be able to duplicate these steps on your phone or tablet.
First, on a Pixel phone, swipe down twice from the top of the screen, then tap the gear icon to open the “Settings” menu.
Scroll down and tap “System.”
Then select “Advanced” to expand more options.
At the bottom of the list, select “System Update”.
Finally, press the “Check for updates” button.
If the update is available, you will see a message about it and you can start the installation process. Otherwise, the message “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 press “Download and Install”. Despite the name, this will just check for an update.
If the update is available, you will see a message about it and you can start the installation process. Otherwise, the message “Your software is up to date” is displayed.
How to manually install Android 11
It is possible that Android 11 is available for your phone, but the check for the update is unsuccessful. Software updates often come in stages, which means not everyone will get them immediately. 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 at a detailed guide on Android 11 sideloading on a Pixel phone.
Keep in mind that side loading requires advanced tools and procedures. If this is not done correctly, you risk breaking your device permanently. Side-loading is not something the typical smartphone user should try. For most of us, it is enough to wait for the OTA (over the air) update.