How to get Android 13 on PC using Android Emulator


Google recently released the first build of the Android 13 Developer Preview. You can try Android 13 Developer Preview 1 on a Pixel phone using the steps outlined here. But if you do not have a Pixel phone and you want to test the Android 13 DP1, you can test it using the Android emulator. Here in this guide, we will show you how to install Android 13 on PC using Android Emulator.

Since testing for Android 13 has just begun, it is not safe to install it on a primary device. But we can test it on a secondary device because it can contain large bugs. But it is also true that not everyone has a secondary device to test. So in that case Google allows us to configure a new test build on the Android emulator. So if you have a PC, you can easily get Android 13 DP1 on Android emulator to test the new features of Android 13.

Android 13 comes with many changes with better security and privacy. We all want to check out the latest version of Android but there are a number of hurdles that prevent us from doing so. This makes testing Android 13 difficult, but thanks to Google for providing methods that help us simplify the process, such as using the Android emulator.

The final build of Android 13 is several months away, as testing has just begun. If you are not familiar with the Android 13 rollout process, check out the image below.

Now let’s see how to set up the Android Emulator for Android 13.

  1. Download the latest preview of Android Studio from here.
  2. Extract and install the Android Studio Preview on your PC.
  3. Open the Android Studio and go to Tools > SDK Manager.
  4. Now in the SDK Tools tab, select the latest Android Emulator. Click OK to install the latest version of Emulator.
  5. In Android Studio, go to Tools > AVD Manager. Create the Android Virtual Device with the instructions it shows. Make sure to select Android 13 eligible Pixel phone, and 64-bit Android 13 image when creating AVD.
  6. Now go to the AVD Manager again and then launch the Android 13 virtual machine by double-clicking on it.
  7. That’s it, now you can use all the Android 13 DP1 features.

If you have an eligible Pixel phone that you are using as a spare then you can directly install Android 13 DP1 in it to get the experience of a phone. Using it on a PC and Phone gives different experiences, but if you don’t have a Pixel phone then an emulator is still a good option. Here is the list of eligible Pixel phones.

  • Pixel 4
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 5a
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro

Google will soon release the Android 13 GSI that can be used on any phone with a Treble compatible phone. And once it is available we will share the guide with you. In case of any queries, let us know in the comment section.

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