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How to install Android 11

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How to install Android 11: You have read about a recent Android feature that is interesting to you but alas, you have discovered that it is only available starting with version 11 of the Google operating system. For this reason, you would need to apply this latest update to your smartphone or tablet but, not being so knowledgeable on the subject, you just don’t know how to proceed.

If this is the case, know that you are in the right place, at the right time! In the course of this guide, in fact, I will explain how to install Android 11 on supported devices using both the official system based on OTA updates, and by forcing the installation of the operating system, using a custom ROM.

So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I’m sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will have acquired the necessary skills to achieve the goal you set for yourself. But before you do anything else, make a good security backup of your device .

How to install Android 11: standard procedure

Without a shadow of a doubt, the safest way to be able to install Android 11 is to rely on OTA updates (i.e. over-the-air ), i.e. the official updates distributed via the Internet by manufacturers and installable through the appropriate functionality of the operating system. .

However, it is not certain that these updates are always available for all devices: except for the top of the range and relatively modern smartphones (or tablets), it may happen that, after a certain period of time, manufacturers stop releasing. version upgrades for Android, limited exclusively to security fixes.

For this reason, some devices, such as those a little older, or those belonging to the low-end of the market, may not receive the update to Android 11 at all: in cases like these, it is not possible to use OTA updates, but you have to proceed with the installation of custom ROMs (we will talk about it shortly).

In light of this, the first thing you need to do is search Google for news relating to the support status of your smartphone (or tablet) model in your possession and check if the manufacturer has done so or intends to update it to Android 11 or not.

If the search is successful, first check that the aforementioned version of Android is not already present on your device: therefore, open the device Settings , by touching the resident gear symbol on the Home screen or in the app drawer, reach the section Information about the device and check if the Android version is lower than 11.

If this is your case, search and download any available OTA updates by going to the Settings> System> Advanced> Updates menu and tap the button to Download the available update. At the end of the download, you can choose whether to apply the update immediately , or to install it overnight , during the period of inactivity of the device.

As already mentioned above, the versions of Android can differ a lot from each other, therefore the items you see on your device display may not coincide with those I showed you a little while ago. In particular, if you own a smartphone produced by Xiaomi or Samsung, you can refer to the detailed information that I am going to provide you below.

How to install Android 11 on Xiaomi

How to install Android 11 on Xiaomi

As for the smartphones produced by Xiaomi, at the time of writing this guide, the update to Android 11 (with MIUI 12.xx) has been released or expected for the following devices.

  • Redmi 10 and Redmi Note 10 families
  • Redmi 9 and Redmi Note 9 families
  • Redmi K30 and 40 families
  • Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Pro Premium
  • Mi 11 and Mi 10 families
  • Family I 9 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Explorer , Mi Mix Alpha e Mi CC9 Pro
  • Xiaomi Mi A3 (which will not receive the MIUI ROM but a non-customized version of Android 11, as it is part of the Android One family)
  • Poco C3, X3 e X3 NFC, M3, M2 e M2 Pro, X2
  • Black Shark 3 e 3 Pro, 3S, 2 e 2 Pro.

As mentioned above, still check the support status of your device, by going to the manufacturer’s official website or by doing a Google search .

In any case, after checking the actual availability of Android 11 for your device, go to the Settings menu > System info of the phone and tap the button relating to the MIUI version (which, in some cases, is marked with the words “Update “).

Now, wait for the availability of any updates to be checked and, if any, tap the Download update button , in order to download it in memory. At the end of the download, you will have the possibility to install the update immediately, by pressing the Restart now button , or schedule it for the night installation, touching instead the Update tonight item .

In addition to the automatic one, there is a second official update mode to force the installation of a specific version of MIUI: in some cases, in fact, it is Xiaomi who makes the .zip packages of its ROMs based on Android 11 available (but also on other versions of the operating system), for testing purposes.

These ROMs are generally in a beta state and can be applied without repercussions on smartphones destined for the Chinese market, but not the global one (for which registration in the official group of Mi Pilot beta testers is required).

This is mainly for two reasons: firstly, the operating system only supports Chinese and English languages and is designed for devices that are often not intended for the global market; Furthermore, Xiaomi’s policy relating to smartphones sold outside of China could include the anti-rollback system , thus making it impossible to return to a stable MIUI version (but prior to the beta).

How to install Android 11

In light of this, I advise you not to force MIUI updates , unless you have a smartphone intended for the Chinese market and have sufficient experience with the Android world, in order to run for cover – as far as possible – in case of errors.

If you meet the aforementioned requirements and still want to try the company (I do not take any responsibility in this regard, you are warned!), Identify the MIUI based on Android 11 that best suits your device, by searching for it on Google (or by downloading it from specialized sites in the sector , such as XDA ; please do not go to unknown sites or you risk damaging your device), download it and copy it into the downloaded_rom folder of the device. If this folder does not exist, create it via your computer , or the Xiaomi file manager.

Now, go to the Settings> System info menu , tap the MIUI version button and then press the MIUI logo on the next screen 10 consecutive times , in order to enable the additional update features .

Now, tap the button (⋮) located at the top right, touch the item Choose the update package in the menu that appears, tap the downloaded_rom folder and select the .ZIP file containing the MIUI you downloaded previously. Finally, wait for the installation of the file to be completed and, when prompted, restart the device by pressing the appropriate button.

How to install Android 11 on Samsung

How to install Android 11 on Samsung

At the time of writing this guide, the Samsung devices for which the update to Android 11 (with One UI 3.x) has been released (or planned) are as follows.

  • Galaxy S20 and S10 families
  • Galaxy Note 20 and Note 10 families
  • Family Galaxy Z Fold 2
  • Family Galaxy Z Flip
  • Family Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 +
  • Galaxy Fold family
  • Galaxy A10 , A20 , A21 , A30 , A50 , A51 , A70 and A71 families
  • Samsung Galaxy A11, A21, A31, A40, A41, A42, A60, A80, A8s, A90 e A Quantum
  • Galaxy M01 , M21 and M31 families
  • Samsung Galaxy M02s, M11, M30s, M40 ed M51
  • Samsung Galaxy F41
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3, Tab A7 10.4 2020, Tab S5e, Tab S6 (intera famiglia), Tab A 10.1 2019, Tab A 8.0 2019 e Tab Active Pro

In any case, I recommend that you still check the update status of your device, by going to the official website of the manufacturer or by performing a quick search on Google .

After making sure that Android 11 is available for your Samsung smartphone or tablet, check the Android version currently installed on your device by going to the Settings menu > About phone / tablet> Software information .

To download any updates, go to the Settings menu > Software updates> Download and install instead ; if updates are available, the operating system will notify you, giving you the opportunity to download and / or install them (immediately or overnight) simply by pressing the button that appears on the screen.

How to install Android 11: alternative procedure

How to install Android 11: alternative procedure

If your device is not the most recent and, alas, its manufacturer has not foreseen the release of Android 11, things get a little complicated: in this case, in fact, you must necessarily replace the version of Android in use with a ROM custom (or custom ROM ), i.e. an unofficial Android version, almost always made by third-party developers, through which it is possible to advance (or downgrade) the operating system to a later (or previous) version, even when the manufacturer does not foresee it.

This approach, however, has specific constraints and can involve risks: firstly, replacing the operating system with an unofficial variant involves the complete loss of data and, almost always, invalidates the warranty of the device .

Secondly, the procedure involves the intervention on very delicate parts of the operating system and, for this reason, a mistake in any phase of the same (even apparently minimal) is enough to irreparably break the smartphone / tablet and make it completely unusable. .

In light of all this, opt for this solution only in extreme cases, that is, if your manufacturer has permanently stopped updates for the device in your possession , the installation of Android 11 is necessary to use a feature or app to which you can not give up and if you have a minimum of familiarity with the universe of “modding” of Android: the error is really around the corner. Then don’t say I didn’t warn you!

In any case, the steps to take to install a custom ROM on Android smartphones and tablets vary according to the brand and model of device in use and can be extremely different. In general, here is what needs to be done to achieve the desired result.

  • To start, create a backup of the data in the device memory, as they will be deleted after unlocking the bootloader.
  • Now, locate and download a custom ROM specific to your device and based on Android 11 . In this regard, try Google for phrases like [device brand and model] custom ROM Android 11 .
  • Download, and possibly install, the programs needed to unlock the bootloader and install the custom ROM: ADB / Fastboot for Windows or macOS, the ODIN software for Windows (only if you have to operate on a Samsung) and a customized Recovery , such as the TWRP , to be loaded via Fastboot and used to replace the ROM. I explained how to get them in the first chapter of my tutorial dedicated to root permissions programs .
  • Connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer via USB, activate USB debugging and restart the device in Fastboot mode (usually just turn it off and on again by pressing and holding the physical Power and Volume Down buttons).
  • Using PowerShell or Command Prompt on Windows , or Terminal on macOS , unlock the bootloader using the fastboot program . Once the process is completed, the data present in the device memory will be deleted.
  • Use fastboot again to install the custom recovery and then start it (just turn the device off and on again by pressing the Power + Volume Up keys ).
  • Once in Recovery, use the Mount function to be able to operate on the memory of the Android device as if it were a USB key and copy the custom ROM based on Android 11 onto it.
  • Finally, go back to the main Recovery menu, choose the Install option and select the .ZIP package containing the ROM copied earlier. Confirm your willingness to proceed by carrying out the appropriate action (eg a swipe to the right) and wait for everything to be completed.

To get more detailed information on what to do, I refer you to reading my guide on how to change the operating system on Android , in which I have given you a concrete example of action.