How To Install Android 15 Developer Preview On Your Pixel Device – A Quick and Easy Way

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How To Install Android 15 Developer Preview On Your Pixel Device – A Quick and Easy Way

Now that the first Android 15 Developer Preview is out, a lot of you enthusiasts must be running to grab your Pixel device to get a taste of the latest update. Although I admire this enthusiasm, you have to understand that the new update will have some issues as it is not meant for the users. If you still insist on installing the update, then in this guide, we will teach you how to install Android 15 Developer Preview on your Pixel device. The process is not really that complicated, but we are going to walk you through everything that needs to be done, so let’s get started.

As we mentioned before, the first Android 15 Developer Preview is available on select Pixel devices. If you want the download links, you can find them here.

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

Keep in mind that this list could grow considering how Google will be releasing the Pixel 8a, Pixel 9 series, and possibly the Pixel Fold sequel sometime later this year, but let’s wait and see how that goes.

Now, we are going to teach you how to install Android 15 Developer Preview on your Pixel devices, but I would highly advise that you don’t – especially if you are looking to use it as a daily driver because there are going to be a lot of bugs that might come in the way. You can wait till April for the beta program to start. However, if you still want to go ahead and install the developer preview, just follow the guide below:

Install Android 15 Developer Preview on Your Pixel Device

Before we start, remember that this process is for those looking to install the OTA package and not the factory image. So, before proceeding, be sure you are downloading the right file because things can get messy otherwise.

You will need to have Developer options and USB debugging turned on, and you can follow this guide. It’s old but should get the job done as the context has not changed.

Step 1: Start by downloading the OTA file for your Pixel phone from here.

Step 2: With the right file downloaded for your Pixel device, the next step is to download and set up ADB tools on your phone. I would suggest setting up using a system-wide ADB, as it is the easiest way to get things working.

Step 3: Now that you have ADB and fastboot setup, boot into recovery by powering off your phone and simultaneously holding the Power and Volume down button until you are at the Bootloader page. Make sure that your phone is connected once you are in recovery mode.

Step 4: Use the volume buttons to navigate to Recovery mode and select it by pressing the power button.

Step 5: Use the volume buttons and scroll down to Apply update from ADB, select it using the power button. You will be given a blank screen with a text near the bottom.

Step 6: Enter the following command, and you will get started with the sideloading process

adb sideload

It is worth noting that the full path could look like this: C:\Users\YourUserName\Downloads\ on Windows.

Once this is done, your phone will take care of everything. Do not unplug the device and wait for it to take you back to Recovery mode. From there, you just have to navigate to the option that will allow you to reboot your phone. Once the phone is rebooted, you will be able to use the first Android 15 Developer Preview.

I must reiterate that the first Android 15 Developer Preview, as well as the subsequent updates, will have a number of issues that might cause some unexpected behavior. If you are not a developer, I would highly suggest that you stick to the Android 14 you have installed on your device.

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