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How To Download And Install Android 10: Step-By-Step Guide


The much-awaited Android 10 software, previously called Android Q, has now started rolling out to the public after months-long beta testing. It’s the first Android version that doesn’t have a dessert-themed name, but it brings a bunch of useful features such as a system-wide Dark Theme, Focus Mode, Gesture Navigation, Smart Reply, Live Caption, and more. Here’s how to download and install it on your device.

Do you have a compatible smartphone?

Most low-end Android smartphones never get a major OS update. These devices are stuck with the Android version pre-installed on them. As for mid-range phones, only select vendors promise software updates but for up to two years. So, if your mid-range device is more than two years old, you are probably out of luck. There is no harm in checking if the Android 10 update is available, though (more on that below).

Google has made Android 10 available on all Pixel smartphones, including the original Pixel and Pixel XL. Other vendors such as OnePlus, Samsung, LG Electronics, Asus, Xiaomi, and Vivo had also participated in Google’s Android 10 beta program. So, they will be able to roll out Android 10 on their flagship devices by the end of this year. You’ll get a notification on your phone when the update arrives. For now, Android 10 is available only for Pixel phones and the Essential Phone.

Here’s the list of devices that participated in the Android 10 beta program:

  • Google Pixel 3a
  • Google Pixel 3a XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Asus ZenFone 5Z
  • Essential Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 ThinQ
  • Nokia 8.1
  • OnePlus 7 Pro
  • OnePlus 7
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Oppo Reno
  • Realme 3 Pro
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Tecno Spark 3 Pro
  • Vivo X27
  • Vivo Nex S
  • Vivo Nex A
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

Take a backup of your data

The stable build of Android 10 is not as buggy as the beta version, but it’s always a good idea to back up your data before installing a major software update. Your data will remain safe even if something goes wrong during the installation process.

You can back up all your photos, app data, contacts, call history, settings, and text messages to Google Drive. Go to Settings > System > Advanced > Backup to do it. You can choose what items you want to back up.

Download and install the update

Now that you have backed up your data, head over to Settings > System > Advanced > System update > Check for update on your Pixel phone to see if the update is available on your device. Google will be rolling out Android 10 over the next several days. So, if you haven’t received the update yet, don’t worry. Just wait and check later again. When it arrives, initiate the download and install it.

Devices that run a customized version of Android – such as Samsung, OnePlus, and Xiaomi phones – might have a slightly different path to finding updates. But it’s almost always within the Settings app. Samsung’s flagship phones that run One UI skin on top of Android have the Software update option directly in the Settings app.