Tips & Tricks – How to Install Android Oreo on Your Phone

As with all things Android, there are plenty of caveats as to which devices will get Oreo and when. With that in mind, here’s what you need to know.

Google already started rolling out Android Oreo to devices. It’s been available as a public beta for some of the company’s more recent Pixel and Nexus devices since May, but now carrier testing is underway for some of those models, so the official version is likely headed to devices sooner rather than later.

The first devices that will likely see Oreo are the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

You have two options when it comes to installing the update over the air. First is to wait for your device to alert you that an update is available then follow the prompts.

The second method, if you’re eager to start using Android Oreo right now, is to manually check for the update. Open Settings > About phone > System updates Check for update. Your device will start downloading it, and install it in the background while you continue to use your phone. Once it’s installed, you’ll be prompted to restart your device to complete the process.

Keep in mind Google typically rolls out updates slowly to ensure everything goes smoothly, so if you don’t see the update right away, check again later in the day.

For those enrolled in the Android Beta program, now is a good time to deregister your device. Doing so will ensure you don’t receive upcoming beta OS updates that are primarily meant for developers to further customize and test apps with.

To leave the beta program, visit the Android Beta page, sign into the same Google account used on your device, and deregister it.

As for when those non-Google devices will get the update, this might take a while. When it comes to Android updates, an update has to get both carrier and manufacturer approval (because both tend to put their own software on devices). That process can take days, but it can also take weeks or months. Keep checking, by following the same instructions I listed above.

A number of different phone manufacturers have committed to either supporting existing models or offering new phone models that support Oreo by the end of the year. Those include:

  • Essential
  • General Mobile
  • HMD Global (Nokia)
  • Huawei
  • HTC
  • Kyocera
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Samsung
  • Sharp
  • Sony
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