The second beta of Android 11 is now available for Google Pixel phones. And also Android 11 Beta 2 GSI are available for other Android phones that can be used to get Android 11. Latest beta comes with many bug fixes and is pretty much stable almost close to the final release. In case you want to experience the latest beta build, this article is for you. Here you get to download Android 11 for Pixel devices and other Android phones.
As most of the new Android phones come with treble support and custom development, it’s easy to get the Android 11 beta 2. So if you have a custom recovery for your device then you easily upgrade to Android 11 beta 2. Here’s where Google Pixel devices have a slight advantage that they don’t have to use custom recovery to install Android 11 Beta 2.
It is expected that stable Android 11 can release in the first week of September, it means we can see one more beta before the launch and that could be very close to stable. But for now let’s talk about the second beta of Android 11 which comes with only a few but interesting and useful features. About a month ago the Android 11 passed the developer preview phase and entered Beta phase. So you may already know about most of the Android 11 features.
Android 11 Beta 2 Features
Device Audio Recording – I think this is one of the most anticipated features of Android 11 Beta 2. Yes, now we can record internal audio while recording the screen. It is going to help gamers who like to share gameplay on YouTube or other platforms. Also there is an option for both Internal Audio and Microphone at the same time.
Recent Apps option – In the first beta we get three options in the recent apps screen which are screenshot, select, and share. But in the second beta they removed the share option to minimize the screen. The share option will appear when you take a screenshot on recent apps.
Copy to Clipboard – When you copy any text and open the keyboard then you get a suggestion to paste the copied text on the current screen.
Music Controls in Lockscreen – The Android 10 media controls are now back in the second beta of Android 11. The album art is also shifted back to the right side and it fills the background of the lockscreen.
New Power Menu – In the first beta we saw the new UI for power off and other controls. But in Android 11 Beta 2 the option has been modified and now we have the option to combine Power Off and Restart options. The option will be combined when you enable the lockdown option in Power Menu.
Reverted Media Controls – Google revamped the media controls UI in the first beta of Android 11 where we get the media controls in the Quick Settings panel. But with the second beta they reverted the feature and now it is similar to Android 10.
Enhanced PIP Mode – They have also improved controlling the Picture in Picture window. Now we can easily drag, drop or resize the video as per your own preferences.
So these are some of the main Android 11 Beta 2 features. But that’s not all, we also get many other new features. So let us know if we missed any main features. Also let us know which is your favourite and if you like the Android 11 Beta 2.
Download Android 11 Beta 2 for Google Pixel Phones
If you have a Google Pixel phone then you don’t need to use any custom recovery to get Android 11 Beta 2. You can easily enroll for the Beta from Android Beta page and it will push the OTA update. But in case if you have a file then you can use Android Flash Tool to install Android 11 Beta 2 on Google Pixel phone. The first gen Pixel devices are not supported. Below you can find the file that you can install on your Pixel phone.
- Pixel 2 – System Image
- Pixel 2 XL – System Image
- Pixel 3 – System Image
- Pixel 3 XL – System Image
- Pixel 3a – System Image
- Pixel 3a XL – System Image
- Pixel 4 – System Image
- Pixel 4 XL – System Image
Download Android 11 Beta 2 GSI for Android Phones
If you have a non-pixel device or the first gen Pixel phones then this section is for you. Google also releases GSI files every time with a new Android update that works on devices with treble support. Other than treble support you also need a custom recovery to install the Android 11 GSI on your Android phone. It is a simple process once you have the GSI and custom recovery. So if you want to try the latest Android 11 Beta 2 on your phone then download it using below links.
- Take a full backup of your phone
- Charge your phone to at least 50%
- Make sure bootloader is unlocked (NA for Pixel phones)
- Download correct GSI for your phone (NA for Pixel phones)
- A Custom Recovery must be installed (NA for Pixel phones)
- Android 10 Custom ROM with treble support (NA for Pixel phones)
- Download DM Verity disabler (NA for Pixel phones)
How to Install Android 11 Beta 2 on Any Android Phone
For Pixel Series:
- Make sure to login with a Google Account on your phone.
- Go to the Android 11 Beta program page. Login to the browser via the same Google account associated with your Pixel device.
- In the Android beta program page, click on ‘view your eligible devices.’
- It will show a list of Pixel phones associated with your Google Account.
- Under your device, click on ‘Enroll Now.’
- After enrolling your device, you will get the OTA update on your phone. It can take up to 24hrs. You can also check for updates manually in the software update under settings.
- When you receive the update, click on Download and Install and wait for the update process.
Alternatively, we can also sideload the Android 11 Beta 2 on Pixel phones using ADB commands.
For Non-Pixels Phones:
- Extract the downloaded Android 11 GSI zip file on your computer. In the extracted folder, you will find System.img and Vendor.img. For this method, you need System.img.
- Copy Android 11 GSI (System.img), DM Verity Disabler, and the custom ROM to your phone storage.
- Turn off your phone and boot your device into custom recovery (e.g. TWRP).
- In TWRP Recovery, go to Wipe > Advanced Wipe.
- Select Dalvik cache, Cache, System, Data, and swipe to wipe selected options.
- Go back to TWRP home, then choose Install and flash the Treble based custom ROM on your phone.
- After flashing the custom ROM go back to TWRP home then flash DM Verity Disabler (Install > Select File > Swipe to flash).
- Reboot your phone into the system and set up your device or skip the setup. Do not enter the lock screen and Google account during setup.
- Now again, boot your phone into the custom recovery.
- In the TWRP Recovery, go to Install > Install Image and select the System.img file.
- It will ask the partition where you want to install the GSI, so select System Image option and swipe to flash Android 11 GSI on your phone.
- Reboot your phone and enjoy the latest Android 11 OS.
So there you have it, the complete guide on how to install Android 11 Beta 2 GSI on any Android phone. The method can be used to flash any upcoming Android 11 beta. If you have any queries, do let us know in the comment section below.