How to Install Android 15 on Pixel Phones (3 Methods)

After two developer preview builds, Google releases first public beta of Android 15. If you have been waiting to try Android 15, now’s your chance because the public build is better than developer preview in terms of stability. Be aware that there can still be some bugs as this is a beta build. With many Android users eager to test Android 15, here’s a guide on how to install the Android 15 Beta on Pixel phones.

Android 15 is not as significant an update as Android 14, but it is still a major Android update and is expected to bring a bunch of new features and changes. With every DP and Beta build, Google adds few new features to Android 15.

The Android 15 roadmap is similar to previous major Android OS updates. It consists of two developer previews followed by four public beta updates. So there will be at least one update every month.

As for supported devices, Google has made some changes. The Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, and Pixel 5a will no longer receive major Android updates. This means that only Tensor-powered phones will get the Android 15 update. Here is the list of Pixel phones eligible for the Android 15 update.

  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6a
  • Pixel 7
  • Pixel 7 Pro
  • Pixel 7a
  • Pixel 8
  • Pixel 8 Pro
  • Pixel Fold
  • Pixel Tablet

How to Install Android 15 on Pixel

Since this is a first public beta of Android 15, there can be some bugs so I recommend installing the beta build on your secondary phone and not on primary phone. If you have a spare phone, you can try the first public beta build. Let’s start the process with requirements.

  • Download Factory Image for your Pixel Phone (For 3rd Method)
  • Bootloader must be unlocked (Steps in third method)
  • Install Android USB Driver on your PC (Link)
  • Make sure to take backup of your data
  • Install Android 15 beta at your own risk

Join Android 15 Beta

Now that the Public Beta is available, Pixel users can easily install Android 15 on their phone without unlocking bootloader and wiping device data. There is no need to go through the manual sideloading process. You will get the beta update in OTA with this method. Here’s what you need to do.

How to Install Android 15 beta on Pixel
  1. Go to Android beta program page. And make sure you are logged in with the id to which your phone is registered.
  2. Now click on View Your Eligible Devices.
  3. Here you will see your Pixel devices linked with your Google ID. Click on + Opt in below the device of your choice.
  4. You will get confirmation page, confirm using the available button.
  5. After opting for beta, you will get Android 15 beta update via OTA on your phone.
  6. Go to Settings > System > Software Updates. Once you see the update, tap Download and Install.
How to Install Android 15 beta on Pixel

This is the easiest way to install Android 15 beta. For some reason, if you are not able to follow this method, you can go for one of the sideloading method below.

Install Android 15 using Android Flash Tool (Recommended)

  1. Open Settings and go to About Phone. Tap seven times on Build Number to enable developer options.
    How to Install Android 15 on Pixel Phones
  2. Go back to main Settings and open Developer Options. Here enable USB Debugging to use ADB. Also enable OEM Unlocking.
    How to Install Android 15 on Pixel Phones
  3. Connect your Pixel to your PC directly using an original USB cable.
  4. Unlock Bootloader (Steps in 3rd method) and reboot to the system. You may need to enable USB Debugging again. Check if its already enabled.
  5. Open the Android Flash Tool page using this link on Chrome Browser. It will ask for ADB permission on your browser, allow it to use ADB.
    How to Install Android 15 on Pixel Phones
  6. If it doesn’t detect your device on the webpage click on Add New Device, then select the device model and click on Connect.
  7. Choose the latest Android 15 build from the list. Click on the Install button and just wait for the process to complete.
  8. Once the flashing process complete, disconnect your phone and enjoy the latest Android 15 beta.

Install Android 15 using Factory Image

This method will erase all your data so make sure to take backup. Also if you have already unlocked the bootloader of your phone, then you skip Step 5.

  1. First install the adb and fastboot drivers or download the Android sdk platform tools folder (in this case open cmd from platform tools folder whenever cmd is required).
  2. Extract the Factory Image on your computer. Remember the folder location.
  3. Enable USB debugging and OEM Unlocking by following the steps mentioned in the second method. Now connect your pixel phone to your PC using USB and open cmd (command prompt).
  4. Enter the below adb command to boot your phone into fastboot mode.
    • adb reboot bootloader
  5. Once your phone is in fastboot mode, enter the below command to unlock bootloader (It will wipe all the data from your phone).
    • fastboot flashing unlock
  6. If you see as confirmation, select Yes or Confirm using physical buttons. And wait for the unlock. Your device bootloader will be unlocked.
  7. Navigate to the directory where the extracted fastboot image is available. You will find flash-all bat and sh file inside the folder.
  8. In case of Windows run the .bat file and if you have Mac run the .sh file.
  9. It will now install the Android 15 Beta on your phone. And after that your phone will reboot into the system.

If you want, you can now relock the bootloader using the below command. Boot your phone to fastboot mode before using the given command.

Fastboot flashing lock

Once you install first public beta of Android 15 on your Pixel phone using the above methods, you will be eligible for upcoming updates via OTA. This means, you will receive the next beta updates directly in Settings. No need to manually install upcoming builds.

So this is everything on how to install Android 15 on Pixel phones. You can now enjoy Android 15. In case you have any queries, let us know in the comment section.

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Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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