So far, Google Pixel devices have been enjoying the beta update to Android 13. Android 13 beta 4.1 is the latest beta available for Pixel which you can check out by heading here. Now, if you are someone that has enrolled in the developer program for their Google Pixel, it is the right time to downgrade to get the upcoming stable Android 13 build. In today’s guide, we are going to share how to downgrade Android 13 Beta to Android 12 on Pixel phones.
Another reason for many users to downgrade could be bugs and other issues that are interfering with their day-to-day usage. Rolling back to the stable Android 12 update might be an ideal choice as the Android 13 public release is not far away.
The latest stable version of Android available as of now is Android 12 with the latest security patch. When you begin to roll back to the stable version, you need to understand that all the data stored on your device will be lost. So, it is quite ideal to take a backup of all your data either on a cloud storage device or your PC or external storage device. Here is the guide on how to downgrade Pixel from Android 13 beta to the Android 12 stable.
Downgrade Android 13 beta to Android 12
There are three different ways you can follow to downgrade your Pixel device back to the previously available stable version of Android. Before we take a look at the steps, there are a few things that you will need to keep in handy before we begin the downgrade process.
- Google USB Drivers
- Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge
- Pixel Phone and USB Cable
- Android Flash Tool
- Android 12/12L Image File for your Pixel phone
- Android Platform Tools
- Second and third methods works if bootloader is unlocked
Method 1: Leave Beta Program
This is the first and easiest method to downgrade from the Android 13 beta to the Android 12 stable version. Here is what you should be doing.
- On your PC or mobile device, head over to the Android Beta Program page.
- Log in with your Google account and then click on the Eligible Devices option.
- When you see your device, select it and click on Opt-Out.
- Now, all you need to do is wait for a good number of hours and you should be receiving an update to roll back to the previous stable version of Android 12.
- You need to note that all your data will be wiped away when installing the previous update. So ensure that your files are all backed up.
Method 2: Use Android Flash Tool
The second method uses an official tool from Google that can be used right within your web browser. To roll back to the Android 12 stable build from the Android 13 beta, here are the steps to get this method working. You won’t have to wait to receive the Android 12 update if you are following the second or third method.
- Make sure that you have installed the required USB drivers on your PC.
- Enable Developer Options on your phone. And enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking in Developer Options.
- Connect your Google Pixel to the PC via the USB cable.
- On your web browser, head over to the Android Flash Tool. ie flash.android.com.
- On the welcome screen, click on the blue Get Started button.
- Accept the popup message on your Pixel to grant the ADB connection between your PC and Pixel.
- Next, you need to click on Add New Device and then choose your Pixel device from the list.
- Allow the Computer to access your Pixel device by accepting the Always allow from this Computer pop-up message.
- Now, choose the option on your PC that says Back to Public build.
- And finally, click on the Install Build button to begin the installation.
- Once the Android 12 stable build has been installed, your Pixel device will reboot to Android 12 immediately.
Here is the detailed guide to using Android Flash Tool.
Method 3: Downgrade via Fastboot
The third and final method to downgrade from Android 13 beta to Android 12 stable is by manually flashing the latest stable version of Android 12 on your Google Pixel phone.
- First, download the latest available Android SDK Platform tools for your PC.
- Download them to a location where they can be easily accessed and also unzip the files.
- Next, you will also need to download the latest stable version of Android 12 from here. Make sure that you download the right build for the device you own.
- On your Pixel ensure that you have enabled OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging. This can be enabled via the Developer Options menu in the Settings app.
- Now connect your Google Pixel to the PC using the USB data cable.
- Open the Platform Tools folder on your PC. And in the address bar of the folder, simply type in cmd and hit the enter key to open command prompt.
- Reboot your Pixel device to bootloader by typing in:
adb reboot bootloader
- Unzip the factory image file content into the same platform tools folder.
- Now double click on flash-all.bat file on your Windows PC. But if you have Mac/Linux, go back to the command prompt window and type in:
- The flashing process will now begin on your Pixel. Do not close or touch your PC or Pixel device until the process has been completed
- Once the process has been completed you can go ahead and set up your device and restore all data that was earlier backed up.
The fastboot method is explained in detail on this page.
And this is how you can downgrade your Google Pixel phone from Android 13 beta to the stable Android 12. These methods are simple and easy and you can choose any method that works perfectly for you. Whatever method you choose, backing up your data elsewhere is super important. We hope this guide has helped you understand things and if you have queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.