How to Install Android Oreo Right Now

Ben Stegner 29-08-2017

The latest version of Android has been revealed. It’s called Oreo Android O Is Oreo and Rolling Out Soon After months of speculation, Google has confirmed that Android 8.0 is Android Oreo. And for the lucky few who own the right devices, Android Oreo will be rolling out soon. Read More  and it’s coming to a device near you soon… kind of.


As most Android users know, the operating system’s updates are slow to make their way out to devices. Only a select number of phones will get the update anytime soon Why Hasn't My Android Phone Updated Yet? The Android update process is long and complicated; let's examine it to find out exactly why your Android phone takes so long to update. Read More , and even premium devices like the Galaxy S8 have to impatiently wait for months.

Oreo isn’t exactly revolutionary, so you might not mind the wait. But if you have a Nexus or Pixel device, you can skip the rollout wait and deliver Oreo to your phone right now without having to unlock your bootloader or anything complicated.

At this time, the following devices work with this method:

  • Pixel
  • Pixel XL
  • Pixel C
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus Player

Thanks to Android’s Beta program, you can skip the line.

First, open the Android Beta page and sign into your Google account if prompted. You’ll see a simple webpage that explains the beta program; click Enroll device under Your eligible devices near the bottom of the page. After a few minutes, you’ll see an over-the-air update notification on your phone that will download Android Oreo.


Android beta testers are the first in line for the stable version of Oreo. But note that you might be offered a beta version first. If your notification says anything about Android O instead of Oreo, or mentions a beta version, do not install it. That’s not the final version of Oreo — sit tight and wait for the stable version to come along. You might want to un-enroll and re-enroll if you don’t see it after a day or two.

You can update to the beta if you want to, but it’s not a good idea for your main device as there are likely bugs. Plus, if you decide to go back to your previous Android version, doing so will wipe your device. So it’s best to wait for the stable version, and enrolling in the beta program will put you at the top of the list without actually having to install the beta.

If you don’t have one of these phones, check out how you can get the best Oreo features anyway 7 New Android O Features You Can Get Right Now The Android O Developer Preview is out for select devices! But you can get the best features on your phone or tablet without upgrading. Read More .

Are you excited to try Oreo or can you wait? Let us know if you’ve used this method successfully in the comments!

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  1. brad
    August 30, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Hope you're getting paid by Google or Nabisco to advertise Oreo Cookies. Google probably got paid a small fortune to ensure that gullible users do the work for them. It's called Android 8.0 and when we get a new pointRelease, we should probably call it Android 8.whatever

    This will actually help the end user find stuff related to updates.

    • Ben Stegner
      August 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Yep, you got it! Months ago, Google asked us what they should name Android 8 and since we get paid by Nabisco, we suggested Oreo.

      Actually, that's not the case at all. Google has been naming Android OS versions after desserts for years. Most people are going to know this new version as Android Oreo, not Android 8.0.

  2. Anton
    August 29, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Thanks. I enrolled and now I'm downloading Android Oreo on my Google Pixel.

    • Ben Stegner
      August 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      I'm still waiting for the stable version to be offered on my Nexus 6P, so I'm jealous of you! Enjoy.