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How to get the Android 11 update on your Android phone

Get all the new Android 11 features

Android 11 update
Android 11 update
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You can get Android 11 on your Android phone (as long as it's compatible), which will bring you a selection of new features and security improvements. If you can, then, we'd really recommend getting Android 11 as soon as possible.

If you've got a Google Pixel phone since the Google Pixel 2, a Xiaomi phone since the Mi 10, a OnePlus phone since the OnePlus 8, or one of many other recent devices, you're able to download the operating system now, though that list will likely quickly get longer. New devices get added to the list all the time, and you can see a list of the compatible phones on our Android 11 homepage.

That page also contains a list of all the Android 11 features you'll be getting, so it's worth checking out once you've downloaded Android 11 to get acquainted with.

So without further fuss, here's how to download the new Android 11 update onto your compatible Android phone. It's worth pointing out these instructions are for 'stock' Android, and manufacturer-altered versions (such as Samsung's OneUI and Xiaomi's MIUI) might be slightly different. It'll still be a similar process though, perhaps just with menu names changed.

How to get the Android 11 download easily

  1. Back up all your data
  2. Open your phone's Settings menu
  3. Select System, then Advanced, then System Update
  4. Select Check for Update and download Android 11

How to download the Android 11 beta in-depth

Google Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4, which is compatible (Image credit: Future)

Before you jump into downloading Android 11, we'd recommend backing up your system data. It's rare, but sometimes things can go wrong, which could end up in your phone needing a hard reset. It's better to be safe than sorry, so back up all your important data.

Now, to download Android 11, jump into your phone's Settings menu, which is the one with a cog icon.

From there select System, then scroll down to Advanced, click System Update, then Check for Update. 

If all goes well, you should now see the option to upgrade to Android 11. If this doesn't appear, it's because Android 11 rolls out slowly to phones even if they're eligible - check back in a day or so to see if the option presents itself.

Now Android 11 will be downloaded, then installed to your phone - you'll have to restart the device to reap its benefits, then you're good to go.

Tom Bedford

Staff Writer, Phones

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is as a staff writer specializing in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness trackers and more.