How to install Android 11 on a PC

You can try Android 11 even if your mobile will not receive the update.

Not all mobiles are going to update to Android 11, but that does not mean you can not test the latest version of the operating system to experience the news and changes for yourself. For this, you just need a computer.

And it is that, as with each new edition of the operating system, Google has released the official images of Android 11 intended to be used in the official Android emulator for PC, Linux and Mac, so that anyone can install and test Android 11 on your PC. In this guide, we explain how to do it step by step.

Android 11

Android 11, on your PC thanks to the official Android emulator

Android 11 on your PC: so you can install the new version on the emulator

To install Android 11 on a computer –Without importing the operating system you use– we will resort to the official Android emulator included in the Android Studio IDE. Therefore, the first step is to download and install Android Studio from the official website.

With Android Studio already installed, the tool that we will use to give life to the emulator is AVD Manager or Android Virtual Device Manager. This tool integrates a series of useful functions for developers, including the possibility of create virtual devices with any version of the operating system that has ever existed. Therefore, the steps to Download and install Android 11 on your PC using AVD Manager are the following:

  • Open Android Studio. In the main window, you must click on the “Configure” option to display the menu, and then select “AVD Manager”.
  • In the virtual devices window, tap on “Create virtual device”.
Create Virtual Device

You must touch the “Create virtual device” button at the bottom

  • Select the device model that the emulator will simulate. You can find both specific models and generic screen resolutions. When you have it checked, tap the “Next” button.
  • In the “System Image” window you must choose the Android version that the emulator will run. In our case, we select the version with “Release Name”: R and API: 30, since it is the option that corresponds to Android 11.
  • Once the download of the Android 11 image is finished, touch the “Next” button to choose the latest details (amount of RAM memory given to the emulator, orientation of the screen …) to finish creating the emulator.

  • Again in the virtual devices window, click on the “Play” button of the emulator that you have created following the previous steps.

Android 11 emulator

This is what the emulator with Android 11 installed looks like.

That’s it. Now, you can now use and test Android 11 on your PC to experience what’s new in the new version of the operating system. Although it is an emulator intended for developers to test their applications before publishing them on Google Play, it is possible to use it to test the latest news on the platform, install applications through Google Play or from external sources – for example, you can Install APK files by dragging them from a folder on your computer to the emulator window – or simply to see the progress of the new version of Android until the arrival of the final version.

To conclude, it is necessary to mention that this way of installing Android 11 on a PC has its disadvantages. Since the installed version is only one build AOSP is quite limited, those functions that we could find in Pixel devices or in those of other manufacturers are not present.

Another detail to take into account is that the emulator will not update the Android version automatically every time Google releases a new beta of Android 11. Instead, you will have to download each factory image published by Google and create a new emulator whenever you want. This will change once the definitive version of Android 11 at some point in this third quarter.

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