You can get Android 13 in any of the following ways:
- Get Android 13 on a Google Pixel device
- Get Android 13 Beta on a partner device
- Set up the Android Emulator
- Get a generic system image (GSI)
- Get Android 13 Beta for Android TV
Get Android 13 Beta on a Google Pixel device
The easiest way to get Android 13 on a supported Google Pixel device is to enroll your device in the Android Beta for Pixel program.
Enrolling is a simple and fast process, and it's highly recommended for early adopters and developers. In most cases, you don't need to do a full reset of your data to move to the Android 13 Beta, but it’s recommended that you back up data before enrolling your device.
Once enrolled, your device will receive regular over-the-air (OTA) updates for the duration of the platform’s release cycle—including Quarterly Platform Releases (QPRs)—unless you opt out earlier.
During the Android Beta for Pixel program’s release cycle, there are four stable releases to the public (the official platform release followed by three Quarterly Platform Releases). When you apply a stable release update, you can opt out of future Beta updates without a data wipe for a limited time (until you apply the next beta update, if you choose to do so).
Flash or manually install a system image
Alternatively, you can flash or manually install the latest Android 13 Beta build on your Pixel device. The recommended way to flash Android 13 to a Pixel device is to use the Android Flash Tool.
If you'd rather flash your device manually, you can get an Android 13 system image for your device on the Pixel downloads page. See the general instructions on the downloads page for how to flash a system image to your device. This approach can be useful when you need more control over testing, such as for automated testing or regression testing.
Android 13 Beta images are available for the following Google Pixel devices:
- Pixel 4 and 4 XL
- Pixel 4a and 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5 and 5a
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
Get Android 13 Beta on a partner device
The following device-maker partners are offering Android 13 Beta for you to try on some of their top devices:
You can learn how to install Android 13 Beta by visiting each partner's site. Each partner provides a system image that you can download and flash. Some partners might also support over-the-air (OTA) delivery. Each partner provides support resources to guide you through the installation process—use the Get the Beta link on the Android 13 Beta devices page to jump to the partner's download and OTA information.
Each Android 13 Beta partner provides its own channel for reporting issues found on their supported Beta devices. We highly recommend using each partner's feedback channel to report bugs and feedback that are specific to their devices.
Set up an Android emulator
Configuring an Android emulator to run Android 13 is a great solution for exploring new features and APIs and testing Android 13 behavior changes. Setting up an emulator is fast and convenient and allows you to emulate various screen sizes and device characteristics.
You can set up an emulator from inside Android Studio by doing the following:
- Install the latest Preview build of Android Studio.
- In Android Studio, click Tools > SDK Manager.
- In the SDK Tools tab, select the latest version of Android Emulator, and click OK. This action installs the latest version if it isn't already installed.
In Android Studio, click Tools > AVD Manager, and follow the instructions to create a new Android Virtual Device (AVD).
Be sure to select a device definition for a supported Pixel device and a 64-bit Android 13 emulator system image. If you don't already have an Android 13 system image installed that matches your device definition, click Download next to the Release Name to get it.
Return to the list of virtual devices in the AVD Manager, and then double-click your Android 13 virtual device to launch it.
Get a generic system image (GSI)
Android Generic System Image (GSI) binaries are available to developers for app testing and validation purposes on supported Treble-compliant devices. You can use these images to address any compatibility issues as well as discover and report OS and framework issues.
See the GSI documentation for device requirements, flashing instructions, and information on choosing the right image type for your device. Once you're ready to download a GSI binary, see the Downloads section on the GSI binaries page.
Get Android 13 Beta for Android TV
See Android 13 Beta for TV to get started.
To learn about which changes might affect you, and to learn how to test these changes in your app, read the following topics:
To learn more about new APIs and features available in Android 13, read Android 13 features.