How to test the new Android 11 on your computer

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How to test the new Android 11 on your computer
How to test the new Android 11 on your computer

Android 11 is among us. No doubt this is today’s news bomb.

Google has renewed its mobile operating system with the first version in the form of Developer Preview, loaded with new features that bet on the versatility and offer greater security, with significant improvements in notifications and prepared completely for the Pixel, the famous Google phones.

Now, not only can you try Android 11 on the Google Pixel, but there is already a way to install the new version of Android on your PC, Mac Linux and Chrome OS.

Since Android 11 is currently aimed at developers, Google has updated its emulator to support the changes made in the new version. Therefore, it is possible to access Android 11 from your computer just by emulating the system, all thanks to the official application development tool: Android Studio.

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If you are not dedicated to developing applications, you will find that it is not the most comfortable way to access Android, but it is not too cumbersome either.

Do you want to use Android Studio to test Android 11 as soon as possible without having any Google Pixel at hand? Then read on and we’ll explain the necessary steps for that task. But keep in mind that you need a medium-powered computer for the emulator to work smoothly.

Emulate Android 11 with Android Studio

It is not that Android Studio is the best idea for running Android Mobile on a desktop system, but it is the only way to try out the latest system version, 11, outside of Google Pixel, at least for now. There is a certain complication since you have to install and run a program designed for developers, but the result will be worth it if what you want is to anticipate and try Android 11 today.

Without further ado, let’s start with the necessary steps:

Obviously, a more or less powerful computer is needed for Android Studio and the emulator to work as fast as possible. The rest is as follows

  • Download the most suitable version of Android Studio for your computer from the official website. Since Android 11 is still experimental, you will have to download the ‘Canary 4.0‘ version of Android Studio.
  • Unzip and install the program. On Mac you will see the installer directly; for the rest you will have to open the ‘Bin’ folder, within the download you unzipped, and install Android Studio from the application’s executable file (Studio or Studio64, depending on your system).
  • Choose the default installation folder or customize it if you wish.
  • Complete the installation process and you’ll have Android Studio on your computer.
  • Finally, open it.
Welcome to Android Studio
Welcome to Android Studio
  • You’ll see the Android Studio home screen. Click on ‘Configure’ and choose ‘AVD Manager’.
  • Click on ‘Create new virtual device’ to open the emulator settings. This will create a new virtual device.
  • Select the hardware that will run the emulated version of the system. Developers use it to make sure their apps work in those conditions. For the example, we have chosen ‘Phone/Pixel 3 XL’. Click on next.
Android 11 system image
Android 11 system image
  • Choose the Android version to emulate. As we are testing the last one, that’s the one to select: ‘R’. Click on ‘Download’ and accept the terms.
  • Wait for the download and installation process to finish: it can take several minutes, always depending on your connection. These are large files, you should have enough space on your computer.
  • Once downloaded ‘R’ (Android 11) click on ‘Next’ and finish the emulator preparations. The changes of the last screen such as the model for the emulation, the orientation of the screen and the capacity of the hardware, can be modified whenever you want.
Android Virtual Device Manager
Android Virtual Device Manager
  • After that, the menu with all emulated and configured devices will appear. Double click on the one you just created and it will start as if you had Android 11 on your computer. The rest is up to you.
APK installer
APK installer

And so, everything is ready to enjoy Android 11 before anyone else, without having to buy a phone. The emulation is complete, it includes Google applications and only the Play Store is missing. What do you want to install applications? You can do it in the App by simply dragging the file to the window of the emulated device.

So now you know, Android fans, enjoy the new and freshly released Android 11 without having to run out and buy a new phone.

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