Google has just released the first developer preview of Android 14, and you can install it now on the Google Pixel 7 Pro and other supported Pixel phones. It offers a glimpse at what we can expect from the new Android release, but as the name implies, it’s primarily targeted at developers.
With the developer preview, Google is mostly focusing on improvements meant for apps and how they behave. Like with other recent versions of Android, Google is prioritizing compatibility, which means that most app-facing changes are opt-in.
This makes it less likely that older apps break on Android 14. To test the opt-in changes, developers have the option to force-enable or disable the new features in the Android developer options. There might be more exciting updates with a new system or Pixel-exclusive features later down the line, once the beta releases hit.
To make things even easier, we have compiled a step-by-step guide on how to install the Android 14 developer preview on your Pixel devices.
Android 14 Preview Compatible Pixel Devices
The first Android 14 developer preview is only available for Google Pixel devices right now. As such, you will need to make sure you have a supported phone to test the new update. Currently, Android 14 is only available for the following devices:
- Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
- Pixel 6 and 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 5 and 5a
- Pixel 4a (5G)
How to Install Android 14 Developer Preview
Now that we are fully prepared, let’s learn how to install the latest Android 14 developer preview on our Pixel device. Make sure you have already connected the phone to your laptop using a USB-C cable. Then, follow the steps below to proceed:
- Head over to the Google Android Flashing Tool (visit) to begin the process.
- Click the “Allow ADB Access” prompt that comes up as soon as you open the website.
- From the pop-up menu, click the downward arrow to select your device.
- If this is your first time connecting your Pixel phone to the laptop, you will need to approve the connection from your mobile. Simply tap “Allow,” and for good measure, check the “Always Allow” option for next time.
- Once you approve the connection, your compatible Pixel device will immediately appear in the menu. Click on “Add Device,” and you will be able to select it.
- A browser pop-up will now appear asking you to select the device on which you wish to install Android 14. Select your Pixel device and click the “Connect” button.
Note: You might be asked by the browser to re-select your device at any point in the process. Follow the above step to do so. However, if you don’t see your phone again, disconnect it from the laptop and connect it again to make it re-appear. As mentioned above, make sure you have the proper USB drivers.
- You will now see the list of builds available for your Pixel phone. We will choose Developer Preview 1 under Android 14. Simply click to select it.
- The Android 14 build is now ready to be installed on your device. Without changing anything, click on the “Install Build” button to begin.
- Before the final process begins, you will be met with a warning to let you know what you are installing. Read through the pop-up that appears and click “Confirm” to proceed.
- Accept the license terms that appear by clicking the “I Accept” button.
- The installation process will now begin in earnest without you needing to do anything. It is important that you do not unplug the device nor you touch its screen for now.
- Now comes the time to unlock the bootloader so the Android Flash Tool can install the build. Click the “Start” button.
- The process to download Android 14 will now begin. As you can see, the flash tool does all that automatically.
- Once downloaded, Android 14 DP1 will now flash the build onto your device. You might see your Pixel device going through different screens and options. As mentioned before, do not touch anything for now.
- The final option will ask you to lock the bootloader to finalize the flashing process. Click the “Done” button to do so.
- And that’s it! Android 14 has been installed on your device, and you will see the same on your screen! You can now unplug the phone from your laptop and begin setting it up.