How to install Android 13 on Pixel and other smartphones

by Johnson Daniel

Android 13 has been released and pushed out to Pixel smartphones. Google first released the Android 13 developer beta in February, followed by the first Android 13 public beta in April. Google released the fourth and final Android 13 beta in June, and the entire Android 13 release is now available.

Android 13 introduces several new features, including a redesigned Material You with automatic color schemes based on your wallpaper, a kill switch that prevents third-party apps from accessing your camera and microphone, end-to-end encryption for group conversations, and a universal clipboard feature that works across devices.

The first devices to get the new operating system are the recent Pixel models:

  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4A
  • Pixel 4A (5G)
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5A
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6A
  • Pixel 6 Pro

Later this year, Android 13 will roll out to other devices from Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), iQoo, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and more.

Devices that can’t get Android 13 now install the Android 13 Beta, but it is not advisable to install the Beta on your daily device. Beta versions are known to come with several system bugs and can damage a phone. You should install the Beta on a secondary phone if you want to.

How to install Android 13 on Pixel devices

To install Android 13 on Pixel devices, ensure that your phone is connected to a stable WiFi network and that it is plugged in (the battery must be at least 50% charged for an over-the-air update to work).

Having met all these requirements, go to the phone’s Settings, and tap System > System Update. If there is an update available, it should appear here after a few seconds. If not, select Check for updates. Also, ensure that your device has enough storage space to download and install the update; otherwise, you will be unable to proceed. The update file size is typically a few gigabytes.

Finally, in the bottom right, tap the green Download and install button. The Android 13 system will then start downloading and installing, which could take up to 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size and condition of your phone. You’ll be running Android 13 after your phone reboots.How to install Android 13 on Pixel

Device OTA Factory Image
Google Pixel 4a Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 4a 5G Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 5 Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 5a Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 6 Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 6 Pro Download Link Download Link
Google Pixel 6a Download Link Download Link
  • This version is for the Pixel 6a, but it is compatible with other Pixel handsets.
Architecture GSI Package
x86_64+GMS Download Link
ARM64+GMS Download Link
x86_64 Download Link
ARM64 Download Link
  • These versions are the official Generic System Image (GSI) packages.


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