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How to get Android 8.1 right now

Google recently sent Android 8.1 out to developers, but now the latest version of Oreo is ready for testing by actual users. You, too, can upgrade your phone or tablet to do Android 8.1 as long as you don’t mind enrolling in the Android Beta Program. Don’t worry, though. It’s a pretty stable build being offered.

Here’s how to get Android 8.1 right now:

  1. Go to the Android Beta Program site from any device
  2. Log into your Google account, and read through the Android Beta Program’s description
  3. Find your phone or tablet listed in the “Your eligible devices” section
  4. Hit “Enroll device”
  5. Within a few minutes, Google will push a software update to your phone or tablet

Keep in mind that you’ll need to own a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, or Nexus 5X. Google only allows its Pixel and Nexus devices to enroll in the Android Beta Program. That’s because the company manages the software on them. In the event something goes wrong, Google can issue a quick fix. Those of you with non-Google devices will have to just wait for a software update with Oreo to roll out in the future.

If you have any questions, reach out to us on Twitter. Our team will do its best to help ensure Android 8.1 gets onto your phone or tablet without a problem.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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