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
- Pixel 6a
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 the Android Emulator
Configuring the Android Emulator to run Android 13 is a great solution for exploring new features and APIs and testing Android 13 behavior changes. Setting up the emulator is fast and convenient and allows you to emulate various screen sizes and device characteristics.
Depending on the type of testing you need to do, consider setting up a variety of virtual devices from these device categories:
Set up a virtual device (phone)
To set up a virtual device to emulate a typical phone, follow these steps:
- 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.
Set up a virtual device (tablet or large-screen)
To set up a virtual device to emulate a tablet or other large-screen device, follow these steps:
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 > Device Manager, then click Create device in the Device Manager panel.
Select a device definition with a large screen, such as the Pixel C in the Tablet category or the 7.6" Fold-in with outer display in the Phone category, then click Next.
Find the Android 13 system image, called Android API 33, and click Download to get it. After the download completes, select this system image and click Next.
Finalize other settings for your virtual device, then click Finish.
After returning to the list of virtual devices in the Device Manager, find your Android 13 virtual device and click Launch to start it.
Repeat these steps to create large screen device definitions that you can use to test your app in a variety of large screen scenarios.
In addition to large screen virtual devices that you configure for Android 13, you can try the new resizable device configuration that's included in Android Studio Chipmunk | 2021.2.1 or higher. When you're using a resizable device definition with a Android 13 system image, the Android Emulator lets you quickly toggle between the four reference devices: phone, foldable, tablet, and desktop. When using the foldable reference device, you can also toggle between folded and unfolded states.
This flexibility makes it easier to both validate your layout at design time and test the behavior at runtime, using the same reference devices. To create a new resizable emulator, use the Device Manager in Android Studio to create a new virtual device and select the Resizable device definition in the Phone category.
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.