How to install Android 13 on your Pixel phone

Android 13 has landed a bit early for Pixel devices and brings some important updates to the platform, especially by way of polish to some of the new bits found in Android 12. This is one of the big benefits of having a Pixel smartphone as your daily driver — you get the latest and greatest release of Android before everyone else. In fact, for Samsung devices, the upgrade might not arrive until next year. So for those who like to always have the latest release of a mobile OS, a Pixel is the way to go.

To find out what new features will be added with the new release, make sure to check out “Android 13 is officially here, if you have the right kind of phone.”

The one thing to keep in mind is that Android 13 is only supported by the following Pixel devices: 

  • Pixel 4/XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a 5G
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 6/Pro
  • Pixel 6a

Another thing to consider is that the update will have a staggered rollout, so not everyone will receive it at the same time. There is also a way to install it for those who can’t wait for the over-the-air (OTA) update, but more on that in a minute.

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So, how do you install Android 13 on your Pixel device? Let me show you.

OTA update

This is the upgrade route I would recommend everyone take. I’s far easier to accomplish, and it’s simply more reliable. In fact, the only reason to not go this route is if you just can’t wait a few days for the update to hit your phone. 

Installing Android 13 via the OTA method is actually quite simple:

1. Open Settings

Open the Settings app from either the

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