The new major Android update is currently under development stage and an official OTA roll-out is not yet expected, at least not until all the recent reported bugs are successfully addressed. Anyway, an important aspect when discussing about the upcoming Android P release is the Beta program which has been made available for non-Google devices too. Shortly, the Android P Beta firmware can be now installed and tested on different handsets among which we can include the Sony Xperia XZ2.
Therefore, during this new dedicated tutorial we are going to explain in detail the steps that can be followed for easily installed the Android P Beta software on your very own Sony Xperia XZ2. As you will observe, the flashing process is quite intuitive and it’s similar with the update operations that are usually supported by Sony through its Xperia Companion app. And in addition to other OEMs, Sony eliminated an important restriction from the update process – the unlocked bootloader. Thus, you can successfully complete the steps explained below even if your phone is running on a locked bootloader.
Now, installing Android P Beta on your Xperia XZ2 can be done only manually – the OTA will bring the final and stable ROM and not a firmware that’s still under testing stage. Of course, when discussing about Beta released we must mention one thing: the software is offered for testing purpose meaning that it’s not yet fully stable. In this case you will find different software related problems, but overall, you will be able to use Android P Beta on a daily basis without going mad.
Anyway, we recommend this update solution only for advanced users – they can test the firmware on their Xperia XZ2 in order to get a better idea about what Android P brings new to the Android world and can afterwards decide whether to go back to stock Android OS or keep running this beta release.
The actual flashing process is official – you won’t be using a custom ROM so you have nothing to worry about: you won’t risk in losing your Xperia XZ2 warranty or access to built-in apps. And once more, you don’t even have to worry about unlocking the bootloader on your Sony branded device.
However, when we talk about personal files, we need to act with more precaution. That’s why a general backup is recommended before anything else – otherwise, you can end up in losing files that are important for you and for your smartphone. Well, in that respect you should now backup your Sony Xperia XZ2: just use built-in cloud storage services, choose to sync files with your Google Account, or download dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play. No matter what you choose, be careful and try to save as much as possible: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.
Since the Android P Beta update can be only manually flashed on your Sony Xperia XZ2, during the installation steps that are explained below we will need to use a computer. On that computer you will have to set up and run Xperia Companion. Moreover, on the same computer you now have to install the Xperia XZ2 drivers as otherwise you won’t be able to resume the update process.
On your smartphone you have to enable Developer Options. And for doing so you need to access About Phone as from there you then have to tap repeatedly on Built Number just until the ‘you are a developer’ message is returned. And, finally, on your phone, from Developer Options (it should be located under Menu – > Settings) you must check the USB Debugging field.
It’s a good idea to verify how much power is there left on your Sony Xperia XZ2. In case the power displayed is lower than 50% you should plug in the charger before choosing to apply the steps available below. This is a precaution measure as if your phone gets turned off in the middle of the update process its Android OS might get soft-bricked. Therefore, take your time and ensure a proper charging operation if that’s required.
Use this tutorial for installing Android P Beta only if you own the Sony Xperia XZ2 – the steps explained here will work only on this particular Android based device.
How to Easily Install Android P Beta on Sony Xperia XZ2
- Power on your computer and enable a WiFi connection.
- Then, access the page from here.
- From there download Xperia Companion – also, follow on screen prompts and set up the flashing programs on your PC (remember to install your Xperia XZ2 drivers first).
- When done, run the Xperia Companion tool on your PC.
- Press and hold the Alt keyboard key and while doing so click on Software Repair.
- Select the checkbox next to the ‘My device cannot be detected or started’ option and when done click on Next.
- Switch off your Android based device and wait while the shut down process is completed.
- Press and hold the Volume Down key on your Xperia XZ2 and while doing so connect your handset with your computer with the help of its USB cable.
- Xperia Companion will now detect your smartphone; when it does just select ‘Android P Developer Preview software (advanced users)’ and click on Next.
- The installation process will be now initiated and completed automatically.
- If you wish to return back to stock just run the Xperia Companion software again and this time click on Software Repair without holding down the Alt keyboard key.
There you have it; now you should be able to boot your Sony Xperia XZ2 into Android P Beta. Don’t hesitate and start testing the new ROM and write down everything that runs or doesn’t perform as expected. Of course, share your overall Android P update experience with us and with the other users who are ready to use this step by step guide too – you can communicate with us and with our readers easily, just by filling out the comments form from below.