We’re still waiting for the stable release of Android 13 QPR2, but before that, Google provided an update today on how to exit the Beta Program without having to wipe your device. The company also announced today that Android 13 QPR3 Beta will begin next week.
How to get QPR2 March stable update
Google in particular is “changing (its) beta release process” from previous cycles. To get the stable public release of Android 13 QPR2 (which is still announced and expected this Monday), those currently enrolled must to leave the Beta Program by manually selecting at google.com/android/beta.
(Previously, you’d be in the final beta, get the stable OTA, and then be able to opt out without data wipe. Google has now decided no roll out the stable OTA update to all users.)
However, to avoid device wipe, you should “ignore/not apply the OTA downgrade update, and wait for the final public stable release of the March Feature Drop (QPR2) released this month.” Ignore any update notification and don’t go to Settings > System > System update until the March update is available to you.
Opting out will not cause data wipe as long as you don’t apply the OTA upgrade.
Meanwhile, those who get the Android 13 QPR3 A Beta 1 update next week – and missed Google’s Friday announcement – can however, avoid wiping their phone by opting out of the Beta Program and not installing any update other than the stable QPR2 release that will be released later.
Android 13 QPR3
If you do nothing between now and next week on your registered device, Android 13 QPR3 Beta 1 will install on your Pixel. In the grand scheme of things, these QPR betas are relatively stable, and this isn’t the biggest problem. However, this process is very confusing and unnecessarily confusing.
Android 13 QPR3 undergoing beta testing is unexpected, especially given what previous messaging has implied (like the FAQ quote below).
It seemed that Google is avoiding simultaneous Android 13 QPR and 14 Betas by going directly from 13 QPR2 to 14 Beta. (The existence of Android 13 QPR3 was not in dispute, only its public testing.) That is not the case, and Android 13 QPR3 will see its public launch in June.
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