Install Android 12L Beta 1

How to Install Android 12L Beta 1

In this article, we will make you conscious of the steps to install the latest Android 12L Beta 1 on your device. The 12th arrival of the OS has already been released as a stable shape for different devices. The likes of Pixel, OnePlus (ColorOS 12), Samsung (OneUI 4.0), Xiaomi (MIUI 12) have significantly profited from the new OS build. The new Material You UI, Wallpaper established theming engine, privacy tracker, Game Dashboard, and modifications to the widgets are just some of the important & noteworthy features.

Yet, when it came to a large screen or foldable devices, the OS even deemed that it is lacking that polished finishing. Well, Silicon Valley giants have eventually addressed this problem with the launch of the Android 12L. Concentrating on tablets, foldable, and Chromebooks, this new OS build has been specially created and prepared for large-screen devices.

But that does not mean that smartphones are left behind. You could even install the Android 12L Beta 1 on your smartphone and welcome ‘some’ of those goodies. And in this article, we will tell you how to do just that. But firstly, let’s check out the new features that this new Android version has to present. Follow us along!!

What is Android 12L?

Moreover, one of the most glaring features that have captured everyone’s concentration is the introduction of the Two-Column Layout. Most of the OS features such as the notification panel, lock screen, and settings menu have adopted this new UI style. Apart from that, there is also a new taskbar at the bottom of a screen. Comparable to your PC, you can also pin your favourite apps over to this taskbar and access them with just a single tap.

Then, there is a new “quick wallpaper picker” option in the stock launcher. Also, the Nearby Calling feature has also been introduced for Google Pixel and Nest devices. Well, the famous dynamic theme support that was present in the Android 12 has also created its way over to the L variant, but with an extra bonus- you get the Material You theme in the Boot Animations as well. All in all, there are a few UI modifications that would be extremely useful for the late screen display.

Android 12L Release Schedule

As per the timeline released by Google, the first developer preview build will be published somewhere around October 2021. Then, by the end of a year, we might get a taste of the first beta creation as well. In the next year, January will be the time for the publication of the second beta creation (followed by February 2022) for the third and final beta. After that, the stable Android 12L shape will be moved out for suitable devices.

Can I Install Android 12L on my Device?

So, however, could you install the Android 12L on your smartphone (i.e., not a tablet, Chromebook, or have a large screen display). Well, if you own a Pixel device 3A or later variants,  then the answer is in the affirmative. On the other hand, if you own a non-Pixel device then also you could try out this shape (albeit via the GSI build).

Download Android 12L

Moreover, you could now download an Android 12L for your Pixel device from the mentioned-below table or download the GSI package for non-Pixel devices;

Android 12L Beta 1 for Pixel Devices

Device OTA Factory Image
Google Pixel 3a Link Link
Google Pixel 3a XL Link Link
Google Pixel 4 Link Link
Google Pixel 4 XL Link Link
Google Pixel 4a Link Link
Google Pixel 4a 5G Link Link
Google Pixel 5 Link Link
Google Pixel 5a Link Link
Google Pixel 6 & 6 Pro N/A N/A

Android 12L Beta 1 for Non-Pixel Devices (GSI Builds)

ArchitectureGSI Package
x86+GMS Link
ARM64+GMS Link
x86_64 Link
ARM64 Link

Moreover, GMS packages include all the Google apps, services, and frameworks, while the non-GMS packages will provide you with a de-Googled knowledge. If you are uncertain about the device’s architecture, then you could take the help of a third-party app (like CPUZ).

How to Install Android 12L Beta 1

Let’s start the tutorial now, but there are a couple of things you should keep in mind before going ahead. We have listed them below, give them a read and then you are free to follow the tutorial.


Shoutoutnerds won’t be responsible if anything happens to your device if you follow this tutorial. Ensure that all your data is already backed-up so that you won’t lose your important data in case of any problems. Installing a custom ROM requires rooting, which voids the warranty and removes the OEM restrictions on your device. This might lead to a drop in the battery life since you are using your device without any battery restriction. But if you use the custom ROMs battery optimizer, your device can survive a whole day. Installing a custom ROM or custom tweak can damage your device software if not installed correctly.

Install Android SDK

Well, to start with, install an Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is an official ADB, and the Fast-boot binary presented by Google is the only recommended one & approved too. So, download it and extract it to your PC (any suitable location). Doing so will provide you with a platform-tools folder, which will be used during this blog.

Enable USB Debugging

It is necessary to let your device be unlocked when flashing third-party apps and mods. Since bootloader unlocking is not allowed by default from the OEM, it is better to unlock your device from the OEM limitations before proceeding ahead. Most of these devices have the identical OEM unlocking method. Let’s go through the process and see how difficult it is for you.

  1. First of all, you need to navigate to device settings.
  2. Then navigate to About phone and tap the build number 7 times to unlock Developer options.
  3. Open Developer options, and search for USB debugging. Toggle the slider to unlock it. That’ll allow you to flash or unlock your device via fastboot.

Boot Your Device to Fastboot Mode

Connect your device to a PC and open a CMD window in the fastboot or platform-tools folder.

Type the following command to reboot your device in fastboot mode:

adb reboot bootloader

To check the connection, type in the following command:

fastboot devices

Extract the Android 12L Firmware

  • Extract the downloaded firmware somewhere on your PC and remember the location.

Note: If you want to avoid factory resetting your device, you can edit the flash_all.bat file using any text editor you have. Just open the file in Notepad++ and remove the -w keyword from the fastboot -w update command.

  • Now launch the flash-all.bat file to start the flashing process.
  • That’ll take some time and give your device some rest after the first boot. Doing that will give you optimum performance and it is better for battery life.


Updating to a newer version manually is still not recommended. But since the process is straightforward, you can do it easily without problems. If you have any problems or queries about this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment. If you think this article is helpful, do share it with your friends. Feel free to visit our website to find more about new devices and their tutorials

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