Which phones support Android 12?
Android has the advantage of supporting a wide range of smartphones. Unlike Apple’s ecosystem, you don’t have to stick with a single brand when using Android; instead, you can pick and choose as you please, allowing you to try new types of smartphones whenever you want.
Unfortunately, that universality doesn’t seem to apply to software launches; Google is giving its Pixel smartphones first dibs on Android 12. What a case of nepotism.
Of course, the Android 12 update isn’t available to all Pixels. The original Pixel and Pixel XL, as well as the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, no longer have software support from Google. Along with flagships from Samsung and OnePlus, those phones have been granted permission to join the non-Android 12 club (until those phones inevitably get Android 12, of course).
The following is the official Android 12 Pixel list:
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3A
- Pixel 3A XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4A
- Pixel 4A 5G
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5A
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
Other eligible Android devices will receive the Android 12 update in the coming months, according to Google, but no official timeline has been provided.
How to install Android 12 on your phone
Open your phone’s Settings app, go to System > System update, and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install Android 12. With your compatible Pixel—or, eventually, your compatible Android phone—open your phone’s Settings app, go to System > System update, and follow the on-screen instructions to download and install Android 12. If you don’t see the update, your phone is most likely not yet eligible for it.